Report: Eagles willing to release DeSean Jackson

Report: Eagles willing to release DeSean Jackson

Where would be a good fit for DeSean Jackson?

March 22, 2014, 12:45 pm
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Under his current contract, DeSean Jackson is slated to make $10.25 million with the Eagles in 2014. (USA Today Images)

By now it’s well known that the Eagles are trying to deal DeSean Jackson.

It also appears that they’re willing to cut ties with the Pro Bowl wideout without receiving anything in return, a staggering indication of Jackson’s reputation inside the NovaCare Complex.

The team is considering releasing Jackson if it can’t find a trade partner, according to several reports. Citing a source, the New York Daily News reported that the Eagles aren’t planning on having Jackson back in 2014, even if no team is willing to deal for the seven-year wideout.
“Philly is trading him or cutting him,” the source told the Daily News. “That's a fact. They don't want him."

This report is consistent with what sources recently told, that the enigmatic wide receiver had ruffled too many feathers for new coach Chip Kelly, who is intolerant of those who don’t buy into his philsophy, and doesn’t fit the team’s long-term vision (see story).
Another report, by CBS Sports, said the Seahawks were among the teams who have inquired about Jackson, but the receiver’s cap number and contract make him almost impossible to move. The report also echoed the sentiment that league executives believe the Eagles won’t hesitate to release Jackson.
The Niners and Patriots are other teams who have called about Jackson, which CSNPhilly’s Derrick Gunn reported March 18.

Jackson is slated to make $10.25 million this year in base salary and is owed around $30 million through 2016. If the Eagles were to cut Jackson, they’d be on the books for $6 million in dead money stemming from the pro-rated signing bonus in his extension before the 2012 season.

Jackson is unwilling to restructure his deal, the Daily News also reports, which makes sense. By refusing to restructure, Jackson is more likely to be cut than traded. If he’s cut, Jackson and his agent, Joel Segal, have 31 teams to speak and negotiate with on their own terms.

The Eagles have remained silent on the issue since the story that ran March 5, even as the speculation has caught the attention of the national media.
Gunn also reported that the Eagles were hoping to procure a third-round pick -- at least -- for Jackson, who is coming off the best season of his career. Jackson’s 1,332 yards were a career best and ranked second in franchise history for the most in a season. Jackson ranked ninth among NFL receivers in receiving yards to go along with his nine touchdowns and 16.2 yards-per-catch average.
The Eagles have been trying to unload Jackson since last offseason, Gunn also reported.

Jackson ticked off management when he lobbied for a new contract less than 48 hours after the team’s first-round playoff loss to the Saints. He’s had a reputation for being a diva since the Eagles picked him in the second round of the 2008 draft. Last year, despite the banner season, he created controversy by having a verbal altercation with receivers coach Bob Bicknell on the sidelines during a loss to the Vikings.