Report: Former Eagles WR DeSean Jackson Signs with Rams
For the fourth time in NFL free agency, the Philadelphia Eagles are losing one of their players, this time its DeSean Jackson heading to the Rams.
Jackson joins Jalen Mills who is now in New England, Rudy Ford to the Jags and Duke Riley to the Dolphins, in leaving the city of brotherly love.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the former Eagles wide receiver gets a one-year deal to pair up with Matthew Stafford in LA.
Jackson finished 2020 with just 14 catches for 236 receiving yardsfor an average of 16.9 yards per catch. He's been limited to just eight games during his two-year return to Philadelphia, after singing with the team during the 2019 offseason. He hasn't played in a full season since 2013.
The addition of Jackson reunites him with Sean McVay, who served as Washington's offensive coordinator while Jackson played in the nations capitol.
The 34-year old can still stretch a defense, but struggled with multiple injuries during his second-stint with the Eagles, totaling just 23 catches for 395 yards and three touchdowns.
The Eagles released Jackson taking on $5.8 million in dead money while saving $4.857 million against the cap.
With Jackson leaving the Eagles, adding depth at wide receiver becomes more of a priority, especially finding a deep threat. Expect to see 2020 first-round pick Jalen Reagor used in more of a deep-threat role.
The team has parted ways with both Jackson and Alshon Jeffery this offseason, meaning they will be very young at the position in 2021.
John Hightower, a 2020 fifth-round pick, had his moments last season, appearing in 13 games and catching 10 passes for 167 yards. It’s unclear whether the Eagles view him as a legit option in their offense.
Quez Watkins, a 2020 sixth-round pick, recorded just seven receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown in his rookie campaign. Another deep-threat option, Watkins could be used in a Jackson type of role if he is more polished in 2021.
While the Eagles could add depth at receiver in the draft, and could land one with pick No. 6, they currently 11 draft picks.
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