Trade market for Eagles' Jackson might be thin

DeSean Jackson showboats after a catch last season. "He's as good as gone," said one source close to the 27-year-old receiver. The Eagles have reportedly been shopping him.
DeSean Jackson showboats after a catch last season. "He's as good as gone," said one source close to the 27-year-old receiver. The Eagles have reportedly been shopping him. (   GARY CAMERON / Reuters)
Posted: March 24, 2014

With each passing day, the DeSean Jackson saga appears to be more a question of when rather than if he will no longer be with the Eagles.

A day after The Inquirer learned that the Eagles were actively shopping the Pro Bowl wide receiver and contacting other teams, the New York Daily News reported that Jackson would eventually be either traded or released, thus ending his six-year tenure with the team.

The Eagles would obviously prefer receiving compensation - preferably a draft pick - for Jackson. Last week, Comcast SportsNet reported that the team was seeking at least a third-round pick, but two league sources told The Inquirer they may not get that much in return.

In fact, the Eagles may have no other choice but to cut Jackson if he is unwilling to rework his contract - he's slated to earn $10.25 million this season - to make a trade possible. It is unlikely that any of the teams rumored to be interested in him would be willing to pay that much along with a draft pick.

There were several reports on Saturday that the New York Jets, who reportedly contacted the Eagles, weren't willing to take on Jackson's salary.

Former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who signed a one-year contract with the Jets on Friday, was asked about the possibility of acquiring Jackson during a conference call.

"If there's an opportunity to get DeSean, I'm pretty sure the New York Jets fans would be in favor of that," Vick said. "But who knows, it takes a lot to make a trade happen [with] all of the intricacies of a contract."

The Seahawks were the latest team to reportedly express interest in Jackson, according to CBSSports.com. The Raiders, Panthers, 49ers, and Patriots have also been linked to the 27-year-old receiver.

Jackson hasn't responded to interview requests. One source close to the receiver said that he was "as good as gone."

The mercurial receiver appears to have the same beliefs, although it is difficult to ascertain the meaning behind his Instagram posts on Friday night. Jackson posted several videos of highlights with Vick throwing him passes.


jmclane@phillynews.com

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