Updates from Friday, March 28
Rather than trade Jackson to a new team, the Eagles announced on Friday that the receiver has been released:
NFL Network's Albert Breer noted the money involved:
Updates from Wednesday, March 26
Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com has more on Jackson's meeting with Chip Kelly:
Geoff Mosher of CSN added more:
Updates from Tuesday, March 25
DeSean Jackson posted a statement and image on Instagram confirming he recently spoke with Eagles head coach Chip Kelly: "Good to Talk to BIg Chip today !! Say or hear what ya want !! The Picture speaks for itself !! Winner BirdGaNg !!"
Jackson later posted another Instagram post with the caption: I SIT BAC & LAUGH AT THE REPORTS THAT COME OUT !! AT THE END OF THE DAY ITS ENTERTAINMENT GOTTA REMEMBER THAT !! NOT TRUE FACTS #10mode Got Much Love For All his Fans Regardless
Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Jackson has informed teammates he will remain with the Eagles:
Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News provides details from the conversation:
Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com was quick to share his thoughts on the meaning behind Jackson's post:
Updates from Monday, March 24
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com provides insight regarding the Oakland Raiders' potential interest in DeSean Jackson:
NBC's Mike Florio later explained the rumors surrounding Jackson and the Seattle Seahawks:
Amid a report that the Seahawks have expressed interest in Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, a source with direct knowledge of the team’s thinking tells PFT that the Seahawks have “no interest at all” in Jackson.
Florio later reported Jackson is receiving interest from the San Francisco 49ers:
The latest tidbits from Orlando is that the 49ers are very interested, despite an on-the-record denial...
... The confusion will continue until either someone does a deal with the Eagles for DeSean, or the Eagles give up and cut him.
David Newton of ESPN.com reports the Carolina Panthers are not in play for Jackson's services:
If you're holding out hope the Carolina Panthers will make a deal for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson during the NFL owners meeting in Orlando, let it go.
It's not happening.
The Panthers don't have any interest in trading for Jackson even though they have been reported as one of several teams that have inquired. Don't look for that to change even if Jackson is released, which is the apparent direction this is headed.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer had more from Eagles general manager Howie Roseman on Jackson's status:
Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com had more on Jackson:
In the last week or so, trade talks for DeSean Jackson have escalated. However, the Eagles decided to move on from Jackson well over a month ago, and possibly earlier. It is absolutely not something they decided to do over the last week or two. That of course, should not come as a surprise, but it is something we can confirm via a source close to the team.
Updates from Sunday, March 23
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com provides a statement from 49ers general manager Trent Baalke discussing DeSean Jackson:
Right now, he’s under contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. We’ve not made any contact with the Eagles relative to a trade for DeSean Jackson. ...
... As of this moment, those reports are totally misleading and false.
New York Post reporter Bart Hubbuch and Philadelphia Daily News reporter Les Bowen have an update on the Jets interest in Jackson:
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane added more:
Updates from Saturday, March 22
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Jets and Raiders are the teams most likely to trade for DeSean Jackson:
Derrick Gunn of CSN Philadelphia reports Jackson has been a difficult man to reach since the season ended:
Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com notes that salary isn't the biggest issue with Jackson for Philadelphia:
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has the latest on Jackson:
Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Eagles have ramped up their efforts to shop the wideout:
The Eagles have intensified their efforts to trade Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson in the last week, according to three independent NFL sources.
While there have been earlier reports that teams reached out to inquire about Jackson, in several cases it has been the Eagles that have directly or indirectly shopped the wide receiver to gauge interest, two of the sources said. ...
... "He's as good as gone," said one source close to the 27-year-old receiver. Another source estimated Jackson's chances of returning at less than five percent.
Meanwhile, Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com notes that Jackson thinks his time in Philly is coming to a close:
According to multiple sources close to the wide receiver, the sentiment within the Jackson camp is that he will not be with the Eagles in 2014. One of his top confidants relayed that Jackson is now “pretty much convinced” that he will not return.
This is a change in perception from even just a few days ago. The 27-year-old wideout had some concern about his standing on the team following a wave of reports suggesting he could be on the outs in Philly. That concern was heightened by the fact that he had not received any assurances from Chip Kelly or the Eagles organization. Our understanding is that the team had not contacted Jackson directly as of mid-week, though they have apparently spoken with his agent, Joel Segal, in recent days.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports has more on potential destinations:
Sheil Kapadia of PhillyMag.com offers insight on Jackson's mindset:
Sportrac adds more on Jackson's salary:
Brian Costello of The New York Post adds more on the Jets' interest in Jackson:
Updates from Thursday, March 20
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports DeSean Jackson is also drawing interest from the Jets:
Nick Fierro of The Morning Call provides a statement from an anonymous source on Jackson's future with the Eagles:
"There is no way he's an Eagle this year," yet another person close to Jackson told The Morning Call. "However it leaked out, it leaked out, and now this is what you have."
Rapoport later suggested two other teams interested in trading for Jackson:
DeSean Jackson is coming off the best season of his career as he seamlessly transitioned into the uptempo offense Chip Kelly put in place with the Philadelphia Eagles. Now comes word the team may be willing to move the talented wide receiver before next season.
Derrick Gunn of CSN Philly reports the Eagles are not actively shopping Jackson around the league in search of the best deal. Instead, they are sitting back to see what interested teams may offer, with a third-round pick viewed as a starting point.
The report states the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers are among the teams involved in the early stages of negotiations:
The team has taken inquiries from the 49ers and Patriots, Gunn has learned from a league source, and notified the Pro Bowl wideout early last week that it's not shopping him but is listening to potential suitors.
However, Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported that the Niners weren't interested in the wideout:
Marc Sessler of NFL.com provides teammate Mychal Kendricks' thoughts on Jackson:
Jackson caught 82 passes for over 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He was the clear top target in the league's second-ranked offense in yards per game and, at age 27, should still have several years of top production left.
As is often the case in the NFL, however, it all comes down to money.
Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com notes Jackson is going to count $12.5 million against the salary cap for the 2014 season. When combined with the team's other wideouts, the Eagles are set to have the second-highest payout at the position.
Furthermore, Shorr-Parks explains Jackson has very little guaranteed money in place after next season, which could mean he'll be angling toward a new contract. That wouldn't be good news for an Eagles team that needs to lock up several players:
But they probably are looking long term, and that's where they want to save money. Jackson, with just $2 million guaranteed this season, might want a new contract soon, and if he has another big season, he'll deserve it.
But the Eagles have other players who will want to be paid. Nick Foles, Lane Johnson, Fletcher Cox, Jeremy Maclin, Mychal Kendricks, LeSean McCoy are going to need new deals soon. Can the Eagles pay all of them and give Jackson a big deal? Probably not.
Kelly was asked about the idea of the team trading Jackson, but he wasn't giving any hints as to the front office's direction. Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer passed along his response, in which the head coach simply called him a "priority:"
He's a priority at wide receiver before Maclin, behind Cooper, or is it Cooper before Maclin, or Maclin before Cooper? I'll check what you write and tell you how I feel about it.
As for Jackson's outlook, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports sources close to the receiver say he wants to finish his career with the Eagles. Bowen also confirmed a report that Kelly has told Jackson not to worry about the rumors, though he later said a different source claimed the call never happened:
The question becomes whether moving Jackson for a deal revolving around a mid-round pick makes sense. He's a key piece of the offensive puzzle for the Eagles and the chances of finding a player who can make a similar impact in the middle of the draft is low.
Even working under the assumption Jackson might ask for a new contract after the season, moving him now for that reason would be a step in the wrong direction.
As for interested teams, one of the two franchises named in the initial report has already started to distance itself from the rumors. Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports the 49ers aren't actively pursuing the speedy offensive weapon:
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com named the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders as other potential landing spots for Jackson. He also confirms the Eagles are definitely interested in making a deal if the right offer came along.
All things considered, it doesn't sound like a deal is imminent and that's probably a good thing for the Eagles. Planning for the future to ensure they can lock up other core players is smart, but trading Jackson without getting a significant piece in return would be a mistake.
The veteran wideout is a perfect fit for Kelly's offense and should post big numbers for a second straight season if he returns. It sure sounds like staying in Philadelphia for next season and beyond would be his first choice, too.
Whether the Eagles will let that happen is to be determined.