DeSean Jackson has faced rumors of an exit from the Philadelphia Eagles for weeks, but now it appears clear that the playmaking wide receiver will play somewhere other than Philly next season.
A person close to Jackson said the wide receiver is all but assured to make an exit this year.
“There is no way he’s an Eagle this year,” the person close to Jackson told the Allentown Morning-Call. “However it leaked out, it leaked out, and now this is what you have.”
Other sources have said that DeSean Jackson is wearing thin on coach Chip Kelly, though at the same time the Eagles coach reportedly assured Jackson that he wouldn’t be traded.
“He’s [DeSean Jackson] talked to Chip [Kelly] this off-season,” said 94WIP’s Ike Reese, citing a source close to the situation. “He’s talked to Chip and Chip told him you don’t have to worry about all the rumors that are out there. You’re here. He’s been assured, at least he’s been assured at that time [when they talked], that he wasn’t going anywhere. ”
But the Morning-Call reported that Jackson has had money disagreements with the team, despite signing a five-year, $47 million contract two years ago that included a $10 million prorated signing bonus. If DeSean is on the roster on opening day he will be paid another $10.25 million.
DeSean Jackson is seen as an odd man out for Chip Kelly’s offense, despite his speed. Kelly prefers big, bruising players, which Jackson is not.
Jackson also appears to be behind NFL leading rusher LeSean McCoy and rising tight end Zach Ertz in the offense.
The team is now reportedly listening to trade offers for DeSean Jackson, who in 2013 made 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
There appear to be a number of interested teams. Both the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots have reportedly expressed interest in DeSean Jackson, but the Eagles will accept no less than a third round pick in return.