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Eagles reportedly open to trade offers for DeSean Jackson

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The Eagles have been pretty consistent with their public statements about wanting DeSean Jackson back with the team in 2012.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, that might not represent their full take on the situation. Schefter reported Friday that the team is open to listening to trade offers for Jackson after they use the franchise tag on him.

What’s with the contradictory information?

If the Eagles do want to trade Jackson, it would make sense to say nothing but positive things about him in public to downplay any character concerns that might linger from Jackson’s sulking about his contract status. Their public statements of happiness about a continued relationship with Jackson could also be designed to solicit offers to their liking as opposed to ones for a player that other teams know you are looking to unload.

The trouble with that angle is that if the Eagles really didn’t want Jackson, they could be taking a big risk by slapping the franchise tag on him in hopes of finding a trade partner. They could then rescind the franchise tag — the Eagles have done that twice before — if Jackson didn’t sign it, but that seems like an a strange way to play things in this wide receiver market. Jackson could forestall any chance of that happening by signing the tender quickly, something that seems likely given how little chance everyone thinks there is that the two sides reach agreement on a long-term deal.

Either way, the Eagles are almost certain to tag Jackson, so there’s no reason for them not to listen to trade offers that come their way. They can always say no and keep Jackson so why rule it out before you know what someone might give up for him?

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55 Responses to “Eagles reportedly open to trade offers for DeSean Jackson”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Feb 24, 2012 6:20 PM

    Line up chumps … it’s fleecing time.

  2. vikescry1 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:21 PM

    there goe’s the dream team, oh wait they still got vince young…

  3. chowface86 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:23 PM

    Shoot him over to Indy for Garcon and a couple Starbucks expired gift cards.

  4. seangifford says: Feb 24, 2012 6:24 PM

    Why do I not feel sorry for the guys that are drama-queens about their contract situations?

    Oh yeah…they get payed handsomely to play A GAME.

    Shut up and play. The ones that go about it the right way get rewarded accordingly. Unfortunately the ones that don’t sometimes do as well.

  5. jerrysandusky1 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:24 PM

    His career has already peaked. Plus his susceptibility to concussions will have him early exiting like his Cal brethren Jahvid Best

  6. We'reFineThere says: Feb 24, 2012 6:24 PM

    More Eagles threads today than the past 2 months total. The offseason has started!

  7. waccoforflacco says: Feb 24, 2012 6:29 PM

    He has a small frame that makes him injury prone so the Iggles might get a 7th rounder and one of Haynesworth’s old jock straps.

  8. yardape74 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:30 PM

    More dumb moves by Philly and I love it. Why franchise this clown? Just let some dumber team sign him as free agent. DJax is overrated and a team cancer. He would fit perfectly in Oakland or Cincinnati.

  9. newagerocker says: Feb 24, 2012 6:39 PM

    Please fire Howie Roseman.

  10. obamablowz says: Feb 24, 2012 6:39 PM

    This guy is not that good or worth the money, TRADE HIM !

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Feb 24, 2012 6:41 PM

    An unproductive, undersized, problem-child? You want something of value for that? WRs like him grow on trees.

  12. cali49er707 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:42 PM

    thats the way to motivate a disgruntled receiver, by shopping him around. im sure he will respond well (sarcasm)

  13. pilot2011 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:43 PM

    Dan Connor and a 2nd round pick for D.Jackson and A.Samuel

  14. stairwayto7 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:44 PM

    Trade him jville or tampa so we never hear from him again!

  15. nygsbchamps4 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:49 PM

    He’s tiny and fragile one trick pony.

  16. glennfs says: Feb 24, 2012 6:52 PM

    This is not news. I understand it’s the offseason. But c’monnn man.

    It’s not contradictory to say you’ll listen to trade offers either. If you have a GM who says he won’t even listen to trade offers for a player, you’ve got yourself a terrible GM. Sometimes people knock your socks off and overpay (a 1st, 3rd, and 6th for Roy Williams? Nicely done, Dallas).

  17. cali49er707 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:53 PM

    the eagles can not get equal trade value now because, if he stays he will be upset for shopping him GOOD LUCK

  18. jenniferxxx says: Feb 24, 2012 7:05 PM

    Once again the Eagles prove that they are the perennial champions of the off-season.

  19. madenatewell says: Feb 24, 2012 7:05 PM

    Pilot2011:
    First of all, being a panthers fan as yourself, odd hope you know that Dan Connor is a FA as well…also Djax and Asante both require big contracts, we have no cap room in CAR, so if we took on two large contracts who you wanna cut? Clown…

  20. eaglebranded says: Feb 24, 2012 7:07 PM

    First of all why do schefter and the rest these clowns have a job. They start rumors that they feel are what the public wants to hear . Report the truth stop with the guessing . Every team listen to offers on most players don’t mean there going anywhere. It happens all the time and these dumb athletes usually think these dumb ass reporters got some inside scoop . When they are just spreading rumors to get attention. Adam shut up and report real news nobody wants to hear your thoughts or so called educated guesses . Let things play out then be the first to get the news do your job the way real journalist . Report facts not speculation ,also a fact last year Andy Reid said he had offers for a lot of his players. Fact he said he listened I think every team listen to offers.

  21. mwanamatapa says: Feb 24, 2012 7:12 PM

    Eagles are going to package a deal for the Rams to get RGIII, Jackson will be part of this package

  22. akhter02 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:13 PM

    Give this poor guy a break already! The way he played in 2010 he had a big contract overdue. People criticized him over his gator arm, but imagine he got seriously hurt in that play with his contract ending in a few months. Would it be fair?
    I hope Eagles let him go as a FA and he can sign a big contract and play his signature games leaving the eagles to regret.
    He is a dynamic kid and I love the spirit in him. Good luck pal!

  23. gb4mn0 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:13 PM

    obamablowz says:
    Feb 24, 2012 6:39 PM
    This guy is not that good or worth the money, TRADE HIM !

    ———————————————-

    You get the screen name of the year award! The thin skinned, mamby pamby ninny nanny lefty twits will lose their pea sized minds.

  24. tjacks7 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:20 PM

    The Vikings offer a 5th rounder and a conditional first rounder if:

    1. He doesn’t make a boneheaded play to take points off the board this year; and
    2. He doesn’t whine and cry about his contract status this year.

    So, you have a fifth rounder.. Balls in your court.

  25. tjacks7 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:22 PM

    yardape74 says:
    Feb 24, 2012 6:30 PM
    More dumb moves by Philly and I love it. Why franchise this clown? Just let some dumber team sign him as free agent. DJax is overrated and a team cancer. He would fit perfectly in Oakland or Cincinnati.

    ———————————————-

    UHHHHHH… because a trade involves getting some type of return. Leaving in free agency means, he’s gone with no return.

    Pretty easy.

  26. pilot2011 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:28 PM

    @madenatewell,

    I do realize the Panthers are cap stricken. My suggestion was more a wishful thinking to emphasize Carolina’s need for a number 2 corner and another speedy receiver to open up the middle of the field for our tight ends and Cam’s legs.

  27. nygsbchamps4 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:33 PM

    @gb4mno, what do you think about the screen name Bush41rulez, awesome right? You Repubeblicans are something else! I’ll take Obama over Bush any day.

  28. philahitman says: Feb 24, 2012 7:37 PM

    “jenniferxxx says:
    Feb 24, 2012 7:05 PM
    Once again the Eagles prove that they are the perennial champions of the off-season”

    Perennial after 1 big offseason in the last decade??? Look up the word perennial genius.

  29. kingjoe1 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:38 PM

    Team this guy up with Brandon Marshall in Miami,(if they get Flynn or Manning) Or maybe opposite of Fitz in AZ, that is a tandem that will take you places.

    A first for jackson and the Eagles could throw in a 3rd.

  30. nceaglesfan says: Feb 24, 2012 7:40 PM

    Let DeJack walk he’s a punk….

  31. gryphon1989 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:42 PM

    If Desean is sent packing will whomever they add make them Super Bowl champs under Andy Reid? My point exactly. For all you fools that want DJAX gone send Andy packing as well. You misguided idiots!

  32. jacunn2000 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:54 PM

    After reading the comments, Eagle fan is the new Dallas fan……. Just more violent.

  33. noahbird says: Feb 24, 2012 8:01 PM

    You give us some WR speculation, I give you the Fins need a wr2.

  34. rastaraider says: Feb 24, 2012 8:11 PM

    Come back home

  35. pirateed says: Feb 24, 2012 8:13 PM

    As a Giant fan I know how deadly this guy is and I guarantee you most G-men fans are hoping the Eagles trade him…to a team in the AFC. Personally, even though he can be a pain in the butt I think the Eagles need him if they want to make a run at the Super Bowl next year.

    If they don’t go deep into the playoffs, Andy Reid is likely gone (probably San Diego drops Turner and takes Reid as a replacement), the Vick experiment is over (letting him go won’t financially sting after ’12), and the team has to take a step back. Because of this I have to believe unless they are overwhelmed by an offer, which I doubt will happen Desean will be tormenting the Giants again in 2012.

  36. bleed4philly says: Feb 24, 2012 8:13 PM

    FML

  37. puckthefatriots says: Feb 24, 2012 8:24 PM

    Praying that Colts GM Grigson has not interest in this idiot loser

  38. phillyphinsfan says: Feb 24, 2012 8:27 PM

    Fat Andy Reid probably thinks he should get a 1st and 2nd for DeSean. Concussion issues worry me more than his character.

  39. 7to10for6allday says: Feb 24, 2012 8:28 PM

    You people forget, the eagles fleece with the best of them. Worst case they get a 2nd and 5th for him…..someone will bite and the eagles will snag Vjax to go along with maclin. Go eagles! Fleece!

  40. lilrob10201 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:34 PM

    1972wasalongtimeago says:
    Feb 24, 2012 6:41 PM
    An unproductive, undersized, problem-child? You want something of value for that? WRs like him grow on trees.
    ————————————————–
    Unproductive ?If Desean was unproductive then how come he has been to 2 probowls and elected 1 time all-pro in his 4 year career ?

  41. crubenst says: Feb 24, 2012 8:38 PM

    To the Patriots for the 30th overall pick. Its the last piece the Pats offense needs to be the most dominant offense ever. They need a dangerous, speedy deep threat. Perfect fit.

  42. tonyromoisterrible says: Feb 24, 2012 9:16 PM

    San Fran will get D. Jackson for a 6th round pick.

    The comment by vikes is the first time I have ever seen goe’s spelled like a complete RETARD. You could be dumber than a cowgirl fan.

  43. gcsuk says: Feb 24, 2012 9:17 PM

    Pretty much a non-story. I would think that most teams would listen to trade offers on just about any player. Sure, each team has one, maybe two “untouchable” players. But for the most part, if the right offer comes along, a GM would be foolish NOT to listen to said offer.

  44. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 24, 2012 9:31 PM

    The eagles are damned if they do and damned if they don’t with this guy… Might as well be damned and save a few bucks. Sayonara.

  45. gb4mn0 says: Feb 24, 2012 9:37 PM

    nygsbchamps4 says:
    Feb 24, 2012 7:33 PM
    @gb4mno, what do you think about the screen name Bush41rulez, awesome right? You Repubeblicans are something else! I’ll take Obama over Bush any day.

    —————————————-

    You’re proving my point……….twit

  46. dramatic14life says: Feb 24, 2012 10:12 PM

    Why does everyone hate on this guy, he’s a player with small stature that has one of the most unique skill sets in the league. Not even in his prime yet, tag and trade would be great. Get a first and fourth for him. A team will overpay for this type of talent, to south beach.

  47. ace1716 says: Feb 24, 2012 10:47 PM

    package Djax, Asante, a 1st & a later round pick to the Rams and draft RG3. Rams need help at WR and CB they were on they’re 9th CB last year, Vick doesn’t stay healthy and RG3 is the same mold of Vick, can run strong arm athletic and you won’t have to completely change you offensive game plan when the back up comes in i.e. McNabb to Kolb, Kolb to Vick, Vick to Kolb, Vick to Kafka

  48. dolphins4 says: Feb 24, 2012 10:51 PM

    If this is true it will show once again how stupid the Eagles FO are.

  49. yardape74 says: Feb 24, 2012 11:32 PM

    Hey Tjacks7 hes worth nothing.

    Pretty easy!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. 21stnprime says: Feb 25, 2012 1:22 AM

    Speaking of dumb login names, who names themselves after Jerry Sandusky. Straight ignorant on so many levels

  51. rantfire says: Feb 25, 2012 2:20 AM

    I don’t care what anyone says, I would rather fire Reid than trade DeSean. How often do speed demons like him come around? He is a game changer and if they would just pay him he wouldn’t have to worry about the money. It doesn’t matter if Reid gets a 1st round pick in exchange for him, do you honestly think Reid is going to use that pick wisely?

    Keep DeSean, nothing you get in return will give you equal value. He makes D respect the long ball, makes Maclin more effective, and helps open up bigger running lanes for McCoy and Vick.

  52. gaygo223 says: Feb 25, 2012 3:44 AM

    Send here to the Cardinals, we need a #2 WR. i can see it now, K. Kolb throwing to a old teammate from back in the day, along with Fitz on the other side of course.

  53. gaygo223 says: Feb 25, 2012 3:48 AM

    send him to my Cardinals. we could use a #2 WR. Him & Kolb habe history so it wold like old times.

  54. oldbyrd says: Feb 25, 2012 9:31 AM

    Say all you want, he could change The Rams season. Bradford would become the pro he was expected to be. Remember all you na sayers…he still needs to be doubled and can run like hell. As long as he has that speed he is a hugh threat.

  55. drshakedown74 says: Feb 27, 2012 9:16 AM

    I’m an Eagles fan, but, has anyone else noticed the organizations quick release of players who have had serious concussions? Westbrook, Kolb, and now Jackson.

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