While the Eagles have yet to find a trade partner for receiver DeSean Jackson, it continues to be clear that the Eagles intend to move on.
It’s so clear that at least one teammate already regards the exit to be a done deal.
Receiver Jeremy Maclin, who signed a one-year deal to remain with the team that made him a first-round pick one year after Jackson arrived via round two, realizes that it’s over for Jackson in Philly.
“Whatever happens in the organization happens in the organization,” Maclin said Thursday, via CSNPhilly.com. “This was a similar situation when the Eagles decided to part ways with T.O. That’s just how the game goes sometimes. So I guess we’ll see.”
Actually, T.O.’s situation was very different. He didn’t like his contract, he wanted more money, he wasn’t going to get it, so he embarked on a pattern of disruption and mayhem aimed at getting him traded or released. Jackson, who blurted something out in January about wanting a new contract before blaming the media for, you know, repeating his words, wants to stay. But the Eagles want to move on.
As best we can tell, coach Chip Kelly doesn’t believe Jackson will buy in fully and completely to Kelly’s approaches and philosophies. So Kelly would prefer to replace Jackson with someone who will.
Maclin seems to be ready to buy in, even if the end result is no more DeSean.
“That’s a decision that the staff gets to make, and I think whatever they decide to do, and with any decision, that’s what you have to believe in, that’s what you got to have faith in,” Maclin said.
Maclin seems to be torn between wanting to have an explosive playmaker like Jackson, wanting to go along with management, and in turn wanting more opportunities for himself.
“I want to win games, and obviously DeSean’s a very talented player,” Maclin said. “So, I think, I want to win games. Like I said, to have him on the field, being able to make plays is a plus for the offense. But at the same time, anybody that’s out there making plays is capable of doing something.”
For now, all we know is that it’s highly unlikely Jackson will be making plays for the Eagles. All that’s left to learn is how and when it ends.