DeSean Jackson‘s days as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles look to be numbered as Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the team has intensified their efforts to trade the three-time Pro Bowler.
The Eagles have been gauging the interest among a handful of NFL teams in recent days after Jackson had career-highs in receptions (82) and yards (1,332) and matched a career-high with nine touchdowns.
Among the teams who could be interested in Jackson are the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, but only the Jets and Raiders currently have the necessary cap room to absorb Jackson’s $12.5 million dollar cap hit.
Certainly there could be some fluctuations to the cap for those other teams to create room and Jackson can restructure his deal to facilitate a trade, which some other players in his position this offseason have been adamant about not doing.
But according to McLane’s report one source said, “He’s as good as gone,” while another source estimated Jackson’s chances of returning to the Eagles at less than five percent.
The Panthers make perfect sense from a football standpoint with their dearth of receivers, but with Jackson the Eagles can be a potential NFC champion.
Wherever Jackson suits up next season, he’ll be a productive player, but the biggest issue now is if another team is willing to take on his attitude and inflated ego in addition to his contract and surrendering a pick as high as the third round.