WR Jackson heading back to Eagles, per sources

Arnold Nichols
March 12, 2019

Will DeSean Jackson be part of the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers under coach Bruce Arians? Also, the Eagles could look to bring in another defensive tackle along with Jackson, but as of right now, the Jackson signing is a positive move for the Eagles. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Jackson and the Eagles are "destined" for each other.

Kevin O'Donnell of Fox13 reports that releasing Jackson gives Tampa Bay an additional $10 million in cap space.

ESPN's Jenna Laine reported there is interest in Jackson around the National Football League, though not at his current $10 million salary. Per NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the veteran defensive tackle is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles soon that will be worth $30 million. Jackson spent his first six seasons with the Eagles after being the 49th overall pick in the 2008 draft. He was unceremoniously cut by coach Chip Kelly in March 2014 following a career year in which Jackson posted 1,332 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

The DeSean Jackson era in Tampa Bay appears to be coming to a close. Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick swapped the quarterback job multiple times this past season, leading to inconsistent targets for Jackson.

Jackson, who played that game with a thumb injury, missed the next three games. Jackson finished with 41 catches for 774 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games last season.

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