The reports had swirled all over the media and sports news. Will the Eagles keep DeSean Jackson or would they trade him? Both those questions had been on the minds of all football fans for the last month or so. There had been many questions about his work ethic and what he did outside of the team facilities. NFL teams today are a lot more cautious about what players are doing in their free time especially after last summer when former Patriot Aaron Hernandez had gang affiliations and was then charged with first-degree murder in the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. I can see why teams now are wanting to be cautious with what goes on but in a way they shouldn’t be. These are adults. There’s no reason why you have to keep an eye on a twenty-something year old. They should know right from wrong and should be aware of the company they keep. Today, news came out of Philadelphia that we weren’t expecting. The Eagles and DeSean Jackson had parted ways.
When I heard about this news, I was shocked because you had to say to yourself “how could this happen”? He’s one of the most electrifying players in the game today. He’s not a big guy but he definitely can make a big play and can change the outcome of a football game. He’s a versatile guy. He can play outside as your typical wide receiver and can play inside. He can make catches across the field, can go deep and he’s a nice threat in the red zone. DeSean can also return punts as well and made one of the most memorable plays over the last four years. How could we forget the Miracle at the New Meadowlands in 2010? That was when the Giants punted to DeSean and he took it to the end zone for the game winning touchdown after the Eagles were down for a majority of the football game. 2013 was the best year of his career. He caught 82 passes, had 1,332 yards receiving and nine touchdowns along with averaging 16 yards a catch. He’s definitely a top ten receivers and one of the best versatile players in the league today.
A few teams could benefit from this guy and what he can bring to the table. I could see the Steelers making a move for him. After losing Mike Wallace, the Steelers receiving core has been very thin. Antonio Brown is built to be more of a number two receiver and not a one. DeSean would give Ben that big play-maker down the field and he would take an enormous amount of pressure off the other receivers. New England is also another team that can make a move for him. The Patriots receiving core is still young and he would bring along a great amount of experience with him along with having Edelman and Amendola in the line up as well. A receiver like a DeSean Jackson would give them an exciting receiver in Foxboro since the Randy Moss days and we all remember how that first season turned out. Carolina to me right now would be the odds on favorite to sign him. After losing Steve Smith to the Ravens this off-season and losing Brandon LaFell to the Patriots, this seems to be the one logical fit for the Panthers. He’d be Cam’s go to guy and he’d bring instant offense considering what they lost this off-season.