According to Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com, the “opinion among some in the Eagles’ organization” is that WR DeSean Jackson is “not a great fit” with the team’s locker room culture, and there is a chance that Philadelphia could open to the idea of trading him at some point.
It should be noted that the Eagles are not actively shopping Jackson, and Kempski believes they would “forfeit any negotiating advantage” they may have in regards to securing a decent return for him by making it known that Jackson is available.
Kempski mentions that the Eagles are allocating a large portion of their salary cap to the receiver position now that Philadelphia has re-signed Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin to extensions. Kempski also points out that this strategy isn’t exactly in line with GM Howie Roseman’s approach to managing the team’s salary cap.
Jackson, 28, is coming off his best statistical season of his career totaling 82 receptions for 1,332 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. He still has a three years remaining on his $47 million contract.
Trading Jackson now would clearly be selling high on him before he starts to decline, but it’s hard to say what kind of interest or compensation the Eagles could secure for him this offseason. There would almost certainly be interest, but Jackson does have the No. 7 highest average salary moving forward, which would likely cut into their return.
We’ll have to see if anything comes of this idea.