DeSean Jackson wants to return to Washington; Eagles interested in Pierre Garcon?

DeSean Jackson wants to return to Washington; Eagles interested in Pierre Garcon?

On March 9, DeSean Jackson will hit free agency and be one of the top receivers available. 

If you haven't heard, the Eagles are in the market for a few new receivers. 

So, yes, for months now the Eagles have been linked to Jackson in what would be a possible reunion between the two sides. Jackson didn't rule it out when he was asked, and then LeSean McCoy and Brandon Graham said it was happening. But a little less than a month away from free agency, it's anything but a done deal. 

The Washington Post also reported that Jackson's teammate, Pierre Garcon, is expected to garner interest from the Eagles, among other teams, during free agency. So there's a chance Washington could lose two of its top receivers this offseason. 

While talking to "Redskins Nation," via the team's website, Jackson — no surprise — said he wants to return to Washington. 

“I do want to still be here,” Jackson said to Washington's website. “My family and my house, I have everything here and I don’t want to be in a transaction and move. First things first, I do want to be here and hopefully, we can make it work. But once again, this is a business, so things happen.

“I’m just really excited about the opportunity I have to sit and now the ball’s in my corner a little bit and see what we can do. I’m just excited and I’m going to let my agent take care of all that. Ready to just sit back and whatever offers come in, but obviously like I said, I do want to be here.”

Ah yes, the business side. It's what will probably prevent him from returning to Washington and it's also what could prevent him from returning to Philadelphia. Despite his age (30), Jackson still looks like he can play and should get a pretty lucrative deal. 

Jackson has previously said he has no problem with this Eagles franchise. The only person he had a problem with was Chip Kelly, who released Jackson before the 2014 season. 

“I felt coming from Philadelphia and the image they put out on me, I think I had three years to go out there and prove to everybody that he is not that type of guy,” Jackson said. 

Aside from trying to prove himself off the field and in the locker room, Jackson has certainly proved he can still play. In his three years in Washington, he caught 142 passes for 2,702 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also still has the ability to stretch the field, averaging 19 yards per reception, considerably higher than the 17.2 yards per reception average he put up during his six years with the Eagles. 

Meanwhile, Garcon is also 30 and not nearly a burner like Jackson. Still, he's been productive. In 2016, he had 79 catches for 1,041 yards and three touchdowns. 

Eagles pick up compensatory fourth-round pick from Browns

Eagles pick up compensatory fourth-round pick from Browns

The NFL announced the list of compensatory picks for the 2017 draft and the Eagles weren't awarded any.

They're still going to get one, though. 

Thanks to the trade with the Browns to move up to No. 2 in last year's draft, the Eagles got back a conditional fifth-round pick that has now turned into a fourth. 

Basically, if the Browns received a fourth-round compensatory pick, the Eagles would get it. The Browns were awarded two (Nos. 139 and 142), so the Eagles get one. According to a league source, the Eagles will get No. 139 overall, the higher of the two.  

This is the first year teams are allowed to trade compensatory picks. The Bengals, Browns, Broncos and Chiefs were each awarded four compensatory picks. The highest compensatory pick awarded this year belongs to Miami at No. 97 in the third round. 

The Eagles still don't know where they'll pick in the first round -- either No. 14 or 15. That will be determined by a coin flip next week at the combine in Indianapolis. They have eight draft picks in total.

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

This isn't a big surprise, but Jason Peters will be back with the Eagles -- big salary and all -- for the 2017 season.

While the Eagles approached the veteran left tackle about his contract in January, Peters has not restructured his deal, according to a league source. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Thursday morning reported that Peters will be back next season on his normal contract. 

Yes, Peters is expensive in 2017. His base salary after hitting another Pro Bowl escalator written into his contract is up to $10.45 million for next season (plus a $250K workout bonus), which comes with a big cap hit of $11.7 million. That cap hit is the highest on the team, but not outlandish for a high-caliber left tackle. 

The Eagles could have very well cut Peters and moved on. It would have saved them significant cap space to use elsewhere. They just wouldn't have found any player more valuable to pay with that money. 

Peters, 35, is still their best option to protect Carson Wentz's blind side. He made his ninth Pro Bowl in 2016 after playing all 16 games. The team hasn't been shy about wanting him back and Peters toward the end of the season said he wanted to return for another year. 

"We certainly want to have him back," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said of Peters in early January.

“I love him. I want him on the team,” head coach Doug Pederson said with two games remaining this past season. “I don’t want him to go anywhere."

With Peters back, it means Lane Johnson's eventual trip to left tackle will be held off for another year. Eventually, he'll take over that spot … just not right now. 

During the season, Peters opened up about his future, saying he hopes Wentz can be the guy who finally gets him a Super Bowl ring (see story).