DeSean Jackson Returning to Eagles After Buccaneers Agree Trade

Posted March 12, 2019

The trade will include the Eagles reworking Jackson's contract.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded De Sean Jackson to the Philadelphia Eagles NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded De Sean Jackson to the Philadelphia Eagles NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports

Sources told ESPN on Sunday that the Bucs were actively shopping Jackson and that Philadelphia was his desired landing spot. He remains under contract with the Bucs and the team has the option of keeping him for the 2019 season, but trading him would free up $10 million in salary cap space.

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The Eagles will send a 2019 sixth-round pick to the Buccaneers in exchange for Jackson and a 2020 seventh-round pick, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. The only problem is, Tampa has not released him or traded him.

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This start is only somewhat fresh, as the receiver spent the first six years of his career in an Eagles uniform. Jackson produced 142 receptions for 2,702 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns with the Eagles' NFC East rivals. Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick swapped the quarterback job multiple times this past season, leading to inconsistent targets for Jackson. His first two seasons have seen his characteristic flashes and dashes of brilliance - his 18.9 yards per reception last season led the National Football League - yet he has not made much of a dent in improving Tampa's offense.

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At 32, Jackson is coming off a season in which he caught 41 passes for 774 yards and four touchdowns.