Two weeks ago, reports were flying regarding teams expressing interest in pending free agents. In many cases, the reports originated with agents who may or may not have been telling the truth about the existence or degree of interest.
Now, reports are building regarding multiple teams that have expressed interest in Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson. And there’s suspicion in league circles that one or more of the identified teams actually aren’t interested in Jackson — and that the Eagles are leaking embellished and/or fabricated information about interest in order to build a trade market for Jackson.
Teams reportedly interested in Jackson include the Patriots, 49ers, Jets, Seahawks, and Panthers.
The strategy, if it’s indeed happening, doesn’t seem to be working. Despite the many reports of interested teams, no one has pounced on Jackson. Indeed, there has yet to be a single report of a firm offer for Jackson’s contract.
Even with his 1,336-yard performance last year, no one seems to be willing to pick up the $10.5 million salary for Jackson in 2014. And Jackson, who expressed a desire in early January for a new contract, may not be inclined to take less money to facilitate a trade.
If the Eagles can’t find a trade partner during the next few days in Orlando for the annual league meetings, the only alternative may be cutting him loose.
And so, nearly three weeks after Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com got the ball rolling on DeSean by saying he could be “one false step away” from being cut in Philly during a visit to PFT Live, Mosher — whose take was bashed by some reporters covering the team — may have been technically wrong.
Jackson apparently is in danger of being cut even without making one false step.