Signs are pointing to DeSean Jackson returning to the Eagles
According to numerous reports, there appears to be a strong chance of Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson returning to the Philadelphia Eagles for next season.
The 30-year old Jackson, who is set to become a free agent following the season, allegedly expressed a desire to return to the team to his friend, Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham.
“I’m excited because he should have never left,” Graham said of Jackson. “Everybody knows that Desean, yes things was happening when he was here, but he’s a good guy. I used to be with him all the time and I know his family all the time. And I’m just happy because I kind of knew already.
“I talked to him when [Eagles head coach] Doug [Pederson] got hired [last January] and he was like, ‘Tell coach, come get me.’ We have fun during the season. He was like, ‘BG, I’ll be back.’ Just little fun. But now that’s it official — as far as the season about to be over — I think you’ll be hearing a lot of noise about DeSean. It’s an exciting feeling to get an Eagle back.”
Graham then went on to clarify what he meant when he used the word “official”.
“Official, as far as the end of the season, now we’re really gonna see,” Graham clarified. “It’s officially about to be over, the season is about to be over. I’m saying the season is officially over and now we’re really gonna see.”
Jackson was released by then-Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly in 2014, one in a series of moves that Eagles fan wish they could undo.
Graham isn’t the only person with ties to the organization suggesting that Jackson will be returning to Philadelphia.
Ex-Eagles running back LeSean McCoy reportedly said Jackson is “going back” during a recent Instagram Live video.
While there may be some concerns about paying a 30-year-old wide receiver whose game is predicated on his speed, it does seem to make some sense for an Eagles team that desperately needs to surround young quarterback Carson Wentz with more playmakers.
The addition of Jackson to an Eagles offense that includes Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz, plus the use of an early-round pick on a running back, could do wonders to improve a lackluster Philadelphia offense.
For the season, Jackson has 54 catches for 971 yards and 4 scores. He’s made himself some money over the past five weeks as he’s eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark in 4 of those 5 games.