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NFL Speculation: Could the Eagles and Pats Work Out a Trade for DeSean Jackson?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs down field against the Green Bay Packers during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Jason KarlAnalyst IIIFebruary 23, 2011

Before I delve into this article, I want to make one thing clear: I am a huge DeSean Jackson fan—this is just pure trade rumor and speculation.

Jackson is arguably one of the most explosive players in the NFL. He's a playmaker who is just 24 years old and already has over 3,400 yards from scrimmage in three NFL seasons. 

His impact on the Eagles offense is huge, and even when he does not touch the ball, he can be effective, especially with his impact on fellow weapons like Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy.

Jackson, though, may be the odd man out in terms of contracts, with Michael Vick due for a long-term deal, along with LeSean McCoy. 

He also does not have as close a relationship with Andy Reid as most think, especially after being in Reid's doghouse multiple times (e.g. after the Bears game).

Jackson's game also became predictable as the season wore on. He was running long, deep routes because the L.A. native could not run crossing patterns over the middle. 

Though I agree the Eagles offense is less dangerous without him, it will still feature a potential No. 1 receiver in Maclin, a tough running back in McCoy and a dangerous quarterback. 

The Packers proved this year that you can have a deep receiving corps rather than just two guys to depend on. 

The team the Eagles could potentially get a lot of value from is the New England Patriots.

The Patriots lack a deep receiving threat for quarterback Tom Brady, a fact all too evident in their playoff loss to the New York Jets.

Many expect the Patriots' franchise guard, Logan Mankins, to hold out again in contract talks. Remember, Mankins refused to sign a long-term deal after trouble with the Pat's front office last offseason, so trading Mankins may seem to be the most likely option.

The Patriots have several high picks in the upcoming draft, so they may choose to trade Mankins for a player.

Bill Belichick is not afraid to bring in a big name like he did with Randy Moss a couple of years ago.

Trade Scenario: DeSean Jackson for Logan Mankins, the 17th overall pick, Brandon Tate and a fifth-round pick.

In this scenario, the Eagles would get the best guard in football. Mankins could solidify the right side of the offensive line and protect Michael Vick.

They would also get a great prospect at No. 17, while also keeping their first-round pick at No. 23. 

Brandon Tate could fill the role as kick returner and provide depth at receiver. A kick returner would probably be addressed in the fifth round for the Eagles, so this trade would save them from having to do that. 

Also in this deal is an extra fifth-round pick, which the Eagles can use to find a diamond in the rough. 

The Patriots, in this scenario, would get the best deep threat in football, and with Jackson, their offense could be as good as it was during their 18-1 season in 2007.

To summarize, the Eagles could trade Jackson for two first-round picks, (Mankins is equivalent to a high first-round pick), a kick returner and a fifth-round pick. 

I'm sure DeSean Jackson's job is safe in Philadelphia, but with other playmakers on offense, the Eagles could explore the market for him. 

Even though this trade scenario is very unlikely, it is always fun to speculate.

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