NFL Rumors: Will Philadelphia Eagles Hang on to DeSean Jackson?

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIIMarch 6, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01: DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles used the franchise tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson to ensure he didn't slip away via free agency.

But now that he is officially on the roster and any immediate pressure is off, the Eagles may be willing to part with him in exchange for a decent package in return.'s Mike Lombardi claims that Philadelphia wants more than a third-round pick in exchange for Jackson. The problem is, the Eagles are unlikely to get a first- or second-rounder in return for a guy with a questionable attitude who will require an expensive long-term contract.

Thanks to the tag, Jackson will make $9.4 million during the 2012 season. As of now, it looks like Philadelphia feels it will not get equal value for him on the trade market. But they are open to moving him in the right deal.

CBS Sports' Mike Freeman reveals that there is a debate going on at the highest levels of the Eagles' organization on whether or not the team can actually trust Jackson with a long-term deal. If Philadelphia can't trust the guy, they sure as heck aren't going to invest a ton of money and years in him. That could be a disaster, like the situation the New York Jets are now in with Santonio Holmes.

In a contract year that saw him act like the picture of immaturity, the 25-year-old Jackson had 58 catches for 961 yards and four touchdowns. While the Cal product has the talent to be one of the NFL's best receivers, his penchant for complaining and not being a team player really hold him back.

There is no need for the Eagles to hurry making a decision on Jackson's future. But I suspect they'll be willing to field offers for the receiver as the 2012 draft approaches.

Whether or not they actually send him packing is up in the air, but you can bank on the fact that they will continue to listen to trade offers.