When there’s smoke, there’s fire.
According to a report from CSN’s Derrick Gunn, the Philadelphia Eagles are listening to trade proposals from other teams centered around wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
The team has taken inquiries from the 49ers and Patriots, Gunn has learned from a league source, and notified the Pro Bowl wideout early last week that it’s not shopping him but is listening to potential suitors.
Also according to the source, the Eagles are seeking at least a third-round pick and potentially more for Jackson, whose career-best 1,332 yards last season ranked ninth among NFL receivers. Jackson also tied a career high with nine touchdowns and averaged 16.2 yards per reception, third-highest among wideouts with at least 80 receptions.
There’s obviously been a lot of speculation about Jackson’s status with the team of late, and the Eagles certainly haven’t done anything to combat those rumors. With the recent re-signings of Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, the Eagles brass may view Jackson as expendable, so long as they can net a favorable return.
If Jackson is traded, the Eagles would have to eat $6 million in dead cap space this year. They would, however, be off the hook for whatever money remains on his current deal.