Reports have surfaced that the Eagles front office will be pursuing WR DeSean Jackson once he becomes a free agent after this season. As we all know, Jackson played for the Eagles from 2008 to 2013 before the front office and then head coach, Chip Kelly, released him due to off-the-field concerns.
It’s pretty remarkable that Jackson remains a productive commodity in the NFL given his size: 5’10” and 175 pounds. First, there aren’t too many wide receivers in the NFL who with his size to begin with and none that have lasted as long as he has. Jackson’s speed and his ability to stretch the field for offenses has accounted for his successes. Here are some career stats for Jackson to date.
- Total receptions: 481
- Total yards: 8,458
- Yards per reception: 17.6
- Receptions over 20+ yards: 142
- Receptions over 40+ yards: 55
- Touchdowns: 45
Yes, he’s a better WR than four of the receivers on the Eagles roster now – DGB, Paul Turner, Nelson Agholor, Bryce Treggs. And yes, he’s a veteran and may be able to help younger receivers and those who may be drafted. Maybe. Yes, he’ll be able to catch the ball and get yards. It all sounds pretty good. However, the Eagles need to fill the wide receiver position with younger talent who isn’t banged up from week-to-week and a player who won’t cost more than they’re worth. This team has spent entirely too much money on players who aren’t performing as they should.
Jackson has only played two full NFL seasons. The first in 2008, when he was drafted, and 2013 before the Eagles said good-bye. He’s injury plagued and is considered an older player at 30. This is what gives me hesitation to have him wearing midnight green again in Philly and likely for the remainder of his career. Let’s not forget, he’s going to expect a pretty hefty contract and pay raise.
His current deal with the Redskins is about $6 million per season. He has played in 10 games this year, accumulated 644 yards and three touchdowns. We still have a few more games left this season, but I can’t see him eclipsing over 900 yards. In my opinion, the Eagles should be gunning for a player who can give them over 900 yards a season in their free agent search – especially one who is going to be asking for a ton of money. I’ve mentioned on the podcast show how much I like Robert Woods from the Bills and Kenny Stills from the Dolphins. Both may not have 900 yards to end the season, they’re both 24-years-old and still growing as receivers. Plus, these are guys who won’t break the Eagles’ bank.
While he can stretch the field – something the Eagles desperately need – I’m not convinced DeSean Jackson should be the guy to do it for the Eagles next season and beyond. And for likely $7 million or so a year? There are other options. Thanks, anyway, DeSean. I’ll pass.