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The Eagles might not be actively shopping DeSean Jackson but they’re picking up the phone and listening to offers.

And, according to CSN’s Derrick Gunn, other teams are interested.

The team has taken inquiries from the 49ers and Patriots, Gunn has learned from a league source, and notified the Pro Bowl wideout early last week that it’s not shopping him but is listening to potential suitors.

Also according to the source, the Eagles are seeking at least a third-round pick and potentially more for Jackson, whose career-best 1,332 yards last season ranked ninth among NFL receivers. Jackson also tied a career high with nine touchdowns and averaged 16.2 yards per reception, third-highest among wideouts with at least 80 receptions.

Earlier this morning, when asked about an ESPN report claiming the Eagles are listening to offers for Jackson, a team spokesman said the report implies only that the team is answering phones like it would for any player who draws interest. The Eagles have been contacted about this report but have yet to respond.

The Eagles last year took inquiries about Jackson and were initially asking for a second-round pick, the source said, but dropped their demand to a middle-round pick but were still unable to trade him.

Jackson’s diva reputation and his salary make him difficult to deal.

A story last Tuesday by CSNPhilly.com’s Geoff Mosher detailed the reasons why Jackson’s days with the Eagles were likely numbered along with the financial difficulties in finding a trade partner. That was just one of a handful of recent stories on Jackson's situation.

Jackson, just two years into a five-year, $51 million extension, is slated to make $10.25 million in base salary in 2014. The Eagles would take a dead-money cap hit of $6 million this year if they dealt Jackson, but wouldn’t owe him the $30 million in base salary over the next three seasons that he’s signed to collect.

Although he flourished in first-year coach Chip Kelly’s offense, Jackson had some polarizing moments, including a verbal altercation with receivers coach Bob Bicknell on the sideline during a loss to the Vikings at the Metrodome.

Kelly is known to have little patience with me-first players and to prefer receivers that have more size than the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Jackson.

Over the weekend, Chip Kelly was asked about reports that the Eagles were looking to part ways with Jackson. Kelly, at the Maxwell Club awards in Atlantic City, sidestepped the question, poking fun at a different media outlet for conflicting reports about the team prioritizing wideouts Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper.

“[Jackson] is a player at receiver before Maclin behind Cooper. Or is it Cooper before Maclin?” Kelly joked, completely avoiding the question. “Or Maclin before Cooper? So I’ll check what you write then I’ll tell you what we feel about him.”

http://www.csnphilly.com/football-philadelphia-eagles/source-eagles-want-least-3rd-round-pick-desean-jackson

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I'd offer this years 1st, next years 1st and Mo for him!

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This is interesting.

 

On the one hand, it's a pretty big risk. The size of the contract is quite high and we would also be giving up a draft pick. Plus he has Santonio Holmes-esque diva qualities. Ouch.

 

On the other hand, a trio of Decker/D Jax and Kerley would really revitalize our offense. We would be taking leaps and bounds over where we were last year. Add in one of the top name TEs in the draft, like ASJ, an offensive lineman early and maybe a WR later on and this offense suddenly looks A LOT different.

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Idzik doesn't do drama.   

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Pass. So we have to offer up a 3rd round pick or higher just to have the privilege of paying him $10 million per season, in addition to the fact that he already wants a new deal, after being only mid-way into his most recent one? Which just so happens to be the the 8th largest WR contract in the league. Yea, no thank you.

 

He's a great talent, but we've already seen him half-ass his play when he wasn't happy with his contract situation. 

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The Jets should talk.

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Positives:

-Familiarity with MM

-Upper echelon WR with elite playing speed

-Despite size hasn't missed a lot of playing time to injury.  Fractured ribs sidelined him after week-11 in 2012.  That's about it. 

-We know what we'd be getting

 

Negatives:

-Seems to go against the grain of Idzik's spending mantra

-Has a prima donna attitude, wanting more money two seasons after his last extension

-Would cost money and a draft pick, in a draft noted for it's WR depth

-Not the biggest WR out there

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expensive diva

 

just what a young QB needs

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TBH, I don't think they end up getting a 3rd for him. That's a hell of a lot of risk for him (high draft pick + diva issues + big contract).

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expensive diva

 

just what a young QB needs

 

I know right?  He ruined Foles.  Foles never threw him the ball because of it.  Really ****ed Foles season.  He may never be the same.

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I'd offer this years 1st, next years 1st and Mo for him!

 

Can we just offer them a 3rd first and see were it go's?  LOL

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Can we just offer them a 3rd first and see were it go's?  LOL

 

^ master negotiator

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No.

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Geno had collegiate success throwing to Tavon Austin (5'8, 175) and Stedman Bailey (5'10, 190).

 

His favorite receiver on our team is Jeremy Kerley (5'9, 189)...coincidence?

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Geno had collegiate success throwing to Tavon Austin (5'8, 175) and Stedman Bailey (5'10, 190).

 

His favorite receiver on our team is Jeremy Kerley (5'9, 189)...coincidence?

 

Welcome to the Jets, Brandin Cooks (?)

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Positives:

-Familiarity with MM

-Upper echelon WR with elite playing speed

-Despite size hasn't missed a lot of playing time to injury.  Fractured ribs sidelined him after week-11 in 2012.  That's about it. 

-We know what we'd be getting

 

Negatives:

-Seems to go against the grain of Idzik's spending mantra

-Has a prima donna attitude, wanting more money two seasons after his last extension

-Would cost money and a draft pick, in a draft noted for it's WR depth

-Not the biggest WR out there

No, unless Idzik thinks highly of him of course.

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I'd definitely give a third for Jackson. If we draft a WR in round 1, we would have whoever the 1st pick is, then Jackson, Decker, and Kerley. This would give us the best receivers in the division without a doubt. If Idzik is seriously considering not drafting WR until round 3 or later, (Possibly going CB or TE in 1 and 2) then we might as well trade the 3rd for Jackson in my opinion.

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Welcome to the Jets, Brandin Cooks (?)

 

Works for me. But so does the alternative. 

 

The benefit of paying Jackson would be the ability to get our "Brandon Cooks" in the third round, allowing us flexibility with the #18 pick; a fancy TE, another WR, or a marquee CB. 

 

The expense would be 4x the amount Cooks would cost, but we'd benefit from the 7 years of NFL experience DJ would bring.  Familiarity with MM's system (allowing for a seamless transition) is just icing on the cake.  Money is not as big an issue as his attitude IMO.  We just put up with Holmes' shenanigans, this is the same fox in sheepskin, just without the injury concerns. 

 

 

I've been campaigning for this trade for a minute...In other threads I've suggested Stephen Hill + a 4th round pick, but maybe Hill + a 5th gets it done.   

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Rumor is that the Pats are in on Desean now. Add to Revis, etc.

 

I guess the way it works is that it's OK to go all in on free agency if you're only 8 players away from a championship. Otherwise you do jack **** like Idzik.

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PROTIP: if a good GM tries to trade you a player for a third day draft pick, you should pass.

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Rumor is that the Pats are in on Desean now. Add to Revis, etc.

 

I guess the way it works is that it's OK to go all in on free agency if you're only 8 players away from a championship. Otherwise you do jack **** like Idzik.

 

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I'm all in for trading away mid-rounders for guys with cap hits upwards of a gazillion dollars. Why not? What could go wrong?

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PROTIP: if a good GM tries to trade you a player for a third day draft pick, you should pass.

 

If said "good GM" just gave an expensive 5-year contract extension to said player, then either he's not a good GM who hands out questionable contracts, he's in a cap situation he dislikes, or he's encountered a new situation which merits moving on from said player.   

 

It's possible that Chip Kelly and DeSean don't see eye-to-eye, and both would benefit from parting ways. 

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Thanks for summarizing it.

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NFL.com's Albert Breer reports the 49ers "aren't interested" in DeSean Jackson.

CSN Philly reported Tuesday that the Eagles had "taken inquiries" on D-Jax's availability from the 49ers and Patriots. It's quite possible both reports are true. Inquiring as to a player's status is hardly unusual, or a sign that a trade is imminent. The 49ers likely called, didn't like what they heard and moved on. D-Jax would be hard to fit under the cap in San Francisco.
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