As trade rumors continue to swirl around Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, interested teams may have to give up nothing. According to a report by NBC Sports on March 22, the Eagles would consider releasing Jackson.
Rumors first surfaced days ago that teams like the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots inquired about the Pro Bowl receiver. Although rumors were denied, suggestions about Jackson departing with the Eagles only got stronger. In a story published in the New York Daily News, a source was quoted as saying that the Eagles are “trading him or cutting [Jackson]. That’s a fact. They don’t want him.”
That possibility has other teams like the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers joining in on the DeSean Jackson sweepstakes. At just 27 years old and coming off a season where he caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine TDs, Jackson would be an asset to any offense. Patriots’ fans are dreaming of a Tom Brady to Jackson combination and 49ers fans would love to have the speedy receiver in their offense. The Jets, a team that recently signed Michael Vick, could also use the explosiveness Jackson provides in their offense.
The reason the Eagles will consider releasing Jackson is more on the financial side. Jackson is unwilling to restructure his deal and is slated to make $10.25 million this year in base salary and is owed around $30 million through 2016. Releasing Jackson would put the team on the books for $6 million in dead money.
If DeSean Jackson were to be traded to a contending team he would most likely have to restructure. Even if he is cut and becomes a free agent, at this point, teams may not be able to afford the money he may demand.
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