The Patriots may still be trying to add depth to their receiving corps, and they may be trying to do it in a very big way.
CSN Philly’s Derrick Gunn reported that a league source told him that the Patriots and the 49ers had inquired about Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson recorded a spectacular 82 catches for 1,332 yards with nine touchdowns for the Eagles in 2013. And at 5-foot-10 and 175-pounds, he’s the type of receiver that Bill Belichick loves.
But the Jackson situation is complicated, according to many sources in Philadelphia. For starters, the Eagles are reportedly not actively shopping Jackson. Still, they’re taking calls and are open to the possibility of a trade. They’re not telling Jackson this though, which has supposedly soured his relationship with the team. And head coach Chip Kelly apparently is not too thrilled by Jackson’s “me-first behavior” and diva reputation. This, along with the fact that he’s only two years into a five-year, $51 million extension and set to make $10.25 million in 2014, makes a trade seem like the ideal situation for both parties.
If the Eagles do deal Jackson, Gunn’s report says that they’re looking for at least a third-round pick in exchange and “potentially more.” Considering that last season the team said that they wouldn’t take less than a second-round pick for Jackson, it seems as though their interest in keeping the wideout around for much longer is dwindling.
It’s too early to say if acquiring Jackson would be a legitimate possibility for the Patriots or if it’s all speculation. And it may even turn out that the Patriots would have the same problems with him that the Eagles are having. Still, there’s probably a part of every fan that likes the sound of “Brady to Jackson.”