Throw it against the wall and see what sticks. Welcome to the month before NFL Free Agency. For the next 26 days, you’re going to see every free agent wide receiver connected to Eagles. Yesterday, Jason La Canfora CBS Sports threw Alshon Jeffery’s name into the fold.
Several league sources anticipate the Eagles being in on Alshon Jeffery (Bears) and Philadelphia was aggressive in exploring trade options in-season on other receivers as well, like Torrey Smith (San Francisco), and they need to add more than one pass catcher this offseason.
Not that I’m doubting what La Canfora is saying, but pay attention to how he worded that passage: “Several league sources anticipate”. So in other words, when La Canfora talks to people around the league, they are speculating that Howie Roseman will have interest in Alshon Jeffery and other players. *BREAKING NEWS*
Of course people around the league are thinking that the Eagles will be pursuing wide receivers and since Jeffery is the top free agent, the Eagles will be linked to him. La Canfora never mentions that he has information that the Eagles are actually interested in him It’s just speculation around the league.
In the same piece, DeSean Jackson’s possible return to Philadelphia is discussed
I reached out to personnel gurus and salary cap experts around the league about this underwhelming group of free agents about to hit the market.
Whenever talk would turn to the receiver class I’d quickly here something along the lines of — “DeSean Jackson is going back to Philadelphia.” When discussing free agent receivers with some teams, I got off the phone and was struck by the fact that the name of the explosive deep threat never even came up. It was almost as if some receiver-needy clubs were chalking up the assumption as a certainty. Like that was just the way it was going to go, because enough people have opined about this natural reunion of the once beloved Eagle and the team that drafted him.
In another month we’ll know for sure.
In the meantime, I’d say, there is a legitimate chance he ends up somewhere besides Philadelphia, and, at age 30, I’d anticipate there being a good number of suitors for his services.
Could Jackson go back to Philly, where general manager Howie Roseman watched him emerge as one of the most explosive players in the game only to have arch nemesis and former coach Chip Kelly run him out of town (along with LeSean McCoyand others)? Of course he could. Absolutely. And it would make sense on a lot of levels.
It would make sense for sure, but DeSean sounds like a guy that could be headed back to Washington.
“I do want to still be here,” Jackson said. “My family and my house, I have everything here and I don’t want to be in a transaction and move. First things first, I do want to be here and hopefully we can make it work. But once again this is a business so things happen. I’m just really excited about the opportunity I have to sit and now the ball’s in my corner a little bit and see what we can do. I’m just excited and I’m going to let my agent care of all that. Ready to just sit back and whatever offers come in but obviously like I said I do want to be here.”
“I felt coming from Philadelphia and the image they put out on me, I think I had three years to go out there and prove to everybody that he is not that type of guy,” Jackson said Thursday on “Redskins Nation. “He is a team guy he loves to get the ball because what receiver on your team do you know that doesn’t want to get the ball? As far as I am around the locker room with my teammates, all the guys, the coaches, and I think I proved and showed everybody that I haven’t gotten in any trouble off field. I have done everything as a family man and I’m just a man about business that wants to go out there and keep producing.”
We’ll see how it ends up shaking out. My feel right now is Jeffery ends up back with the Bears and DeSean goes to the highest bidder, who could very easily be the Eagles.