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This makes sense for both teams. For the Cincinnati Bengals, they would get the perfect complement to go along with the 6’4” promising rookie WR A.J. Green. If the Bengals are able to put together a trio of QB Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and DeSean Jackson, it would be quite a formidable young offensive unit that will only get better.
The cost would be pretty steep. Domata Peko is a great, underrated defensive tackle who is only 26 years old with a very reasonable contract. His contract tops off at $3.5 million in 2014, which means in 2015, he may be looking for a hefty raise.
Peko’s leadership and run-stopping ability have led the Bengals to rank 7th in the league in rush defense. The Philadelphia Eagles rush defense is ranked 30th in the league, something is obviously not working and I believe Peko could be the solution.
A combination of 28-year-old DT Mike Patterson and Domata Peko could grow quickly into the best run-stuffing duo in the league.
Cullen Jenkins is part of this trade for two reasons, to even up the salaries and to plug the huge hole that a traded Peko would leave.
Jenkins is still productive, and may still be for the next few seasons, but there was a reason why there was no market for him. He’s 30 years old and was commanding too much money. The Eagles went creative with his contract, backloading the five year $30.4 million they gave him.
This year he will make $3.8 million, next year, he will make $2.75 million with a $5 million roster bonus. In 2013, he’s due to make $4 million with a $2.5 million roster bonus, in 2014, $4.5 million with a $2 million roster bonus and finally in 2015 a $6 million salary.
Does anyone really think, after reading Jenkins’ salary structure, that the Eagles were going to keep him longer than a season or, at most two? It looks to me that Philly was banking on this season to win it all, and if that happens they may bring him back for next season, but after that, he’s going to get cut.
So, if the Eagles were going to cut him anyway, why not include him in a deal that brings back a younger, future Pro Bowl DT who is cheaper?
The big piece that the Eagles lose in this trade is obviously DeSean Jackson. The thing is, do they even really want to keep him in the first place? They could have given him a new, well-deserved contract that he was demanding in the off-season, but they didn’t.
Instead, they threw a bunch of money at QB Michael Vick, and in a bit of a quiet move, signed WR Steve Smith for insurance purposes if they do, in fact, lose Jackson.
It kind of looks like Philly may not think Jackson is worth the money he’s demanding. Maybe they are thinking that WR Jeremy Macklin brings a similar skill set to the field, and maybe they don’t want to sign both of them.
Maybe DeSean is upset for not getting his money when he wanted and he’s a goner anyways. In this case, this trade would be a no-brainer for Philly.