The reunion is happening: the Eagles have traded for wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson, who was with the Eagles from 2008 to 2013, led the NFL in yards per catch in 2018 and is now set to be Carson Wentz’s go-to deep threat.

Jackson had expressed his desire to return to Philadelphia after he was inexplicably cut six years ago, and now it is finally done. Jackson, 32, will sign a three-year extension worth $27 million once the trade is made official, and it will include $13 million guaranteed. The Eagles traded a 2019 sixth-round pick to the Buccaneers for a 2019 seventh-round pick, along with Jackson.

In Jackson’s six seasons with the Eagles, he caught 356 passes for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns. Jackson’s 6,117 receiving yards ranks fourth all-time in Eagles history and is just 347 yards away from passing Mike Quick to move into third of all-time. Jackson was  a Pro Bowler in 2013 with the Eagles.

In 2018 with Tampa Bay, Jackson led the NFL with 18.9 yards per reception. The Eagles struggled to consistently get the ball downfield, which hurt Wentz’s productiveness, but now Jackson’s presence will add a new and much-needed dimension to the offense.

The addition of Jackson may mean the end of Nelson Agholor’s time in Philadelphia, though. With Alshon Jeffery set to make $11.75 million in 2019 and Jackson at $10 million, Agholor’s $9.387 million option may now be too steep for the Eagles to retain. Nothing is official, but the Eagles will reportedly look to trade or release Agholor before the March 13 deadline for the team to pick up its option.


With Jackson back with the Eagles, fans will be able to break out those #10 jerseys yet again (assuming Mack Hollins agrees to switch numbers). Regardless, one of the most beloved Eagles over the past decade is back, and he is sure to be a game-changer in an Eagles offense that hopes to rise to the top again in 2019.

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