Desean Jackson was drafted by the Eagles in the 2008 NFL Draft, and had a remarkable rookie season.
Following the 2013 season, Jackson, as well as WR Jeremy Maclin, RB LeSean McCoy, and QB Nick Foles, were all traded after Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s first season.
Jackson, age 32, spent three seasons with NFC East rival, Washington Redskins, before he signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017. The two seasons in Tampa Bay were somewhat disappointing, while Jackson battled injuries and did not connect with Jameis Winston as expected.
Things took a turn at the end of the 2018 season, when Jackson requested a trade from the Buccaneers with just one more year left under his contract. The Buccaneers could not make a deal in time.
More to the point, current Eagles head coach, Doug Pederson, was on former Eagles head coach, Andy Reid’s, staff when Jackson was in Philadelphia from 2008-2012. Subsequent to the firing of Reid in 2012, Pederson followed Reid to the Kansas City Chiefs to become the offensive coordinator before returning to Philadelphia as the head coach.
During Pederson’s first season as Eagles head coach in 2016, there was chatter about a reunion with ex-Eagles players, such as Jackson, Maclin, McCoy, and Foles.
Given the history of talks with Jackson potentially reuniting with Philly, personally, I do believe Jackson deserves a second chance in Philadelphia. If they reunite, the Eagles would arguably have the best receiving core in the league.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman should definitely take acquiring Jackson into consideration this offseason. The Eagles are seeking a deep-threat receiver, which is exactly what Jackson is. Last season, Jackson had 774 receiving yards with just 41 catches. Age doesn’t seem to be a problem for the Pro Bowler.Follow @EaglesFeast