Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 2/22/12

If Desean Leaves, Who Fills The Gap?

We are currently embraced in what could be the most influential offseason in recent Philadelphia Eagles history, and one huge question has hung over Howie Roseman, and the rest of the Eagles front office heads for some time now. What to do with star/pseudo diva wide receiver Desean Jackson? While I’m certain the Eagles brass knows exactly where they stand, we the fans are in a very familiar place. Left to wonder whether or not the most electric player we may have ever had will be gracing our roster next season. I don’t particularly align myself with either camp at this point. Both have made some significant mistakes, but that’s neither here nor there at this point. The fact of the matter is that Desean Jackson and his #10 jersey could realistically have a new home next season. With that comes the question, what do the Eagles do to replace his playmaking ability and production? I’ve given this a lot of thought, and here are a few guys I would like to see in Eagles green should D Jax depart.

  • Pierre Garcon: While he hasn’t yet amassed the numbers that Jackson has, Garcon would certainly garner the type of respect from opposing defenses that Desean has seen. A speedy deep threat, Garcon would give Eagles QB Mike Vick a comparable deep threat to what he’s used to in Desean. He’s also a bit taller than Jackson, making him a bigger target in the red zone. Garcon had his best year statistically in 2011 amassing 70 catches for 947 yards without the help of Indy’s starting QB Peyton Manning.
  • Marques Colston: As another downfield threat, Colston keeps with the trend. He certainly doesn’t have the speed that you get with Desean, but through great route running, and his ability to be at the right place at the right time, he could be a great pick up for the Birds. His size at 6-4 225 would certainly be an upgrade in the redzone over what you get from Desean, but there’s been some injury issues, Also, many question whether or not his success is a product of fellow teammate and QB Drew Brees.
  • Vincent Jackson: Jackson doesn’t really fit the mold of the recent Philadelphia Eagles receiver corps, but maybe that’s a good thing. At 6-5 230lbs, he’s a huge target that a shorter QB in Mike Vick would have no problem finding over a incoming d-line. That being said, he’s probably going to command a huge contract. With Lesean McCoy’s contract situation lurking in the near future, I doubt the Eagles would feel comfortable locking up a substantial amount of money in V Jax. If they wanted to spend, why not go with the devil you know in Desean?
  • Jeremy Maclin: What? Just because we’re looking for a replacement for Desean, we have to look at other teams free agents? Maclin proved to me last season that he has what it takes to be a #1 wide receiver in this league. The fact that Desean’s contract negotiations are going the way they are with the Eagles tells me that they may feel the same way. Sure, his td’s went down, but a lot of that had to do with the emergence of Lesean McCoy, and the resurgence of Brent Celek. Give this kid a respected big target at wide receiver (Plaxico Burress) to play opposite, and watch what happens.

While it is my hope that the Eagles and Desean can come to some agreement before the franchise tag is hung around his neck, I don’t see it happening. There is a team out there that will trade 2 first round picks for the potential that Desean offers. The Eagles know this, and it is way too tempting for them to pass up. I just hope that they “Belichick” the picks (if I may coin a term), and don’t sell their football souls to the highest bidder. Either way, it looks as though there’s another exciting Eagles season waiting in the wings.Similar Posts:

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