Five years after his initial release from the Philadelphia Eagles, DeSean Jackson is returning back to where his career started after the Buccaneers agreed to trade Jackson and a 2020 7th round pick to Philadelphia for a 2019 6th, as initially reported by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Jackson and the Eagles also worked out a restructuring of Jackson’s deal to lower his cap hit, settling on a 3-year, $27 million deal.
DeSean Jackson to the #Eagles, sources tell me and @RapSheet
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 11, 2019
DeSean Jackson’s reworked contract with the Eagles is expected to be three years for $27 million, source said.
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) March 11, 2019
DeSean Jackson has been a premier deep threat since the beginning of his career, as he has led the league in yards per catch 4 times in his 11 year career, including three times since he departed from Philadelphia. Jackson does not seem to be affected by aging, as he broke Jerry Rice’s record for the most 60+ yard touchdowns in NFL history and sported a league-leading 18.9 yards per catch last season.
During Jackson’s initial tenure with the Eagles, he hauled in 6117 yards and scored 39 touchdowns (32 receiving, three rushing, four punt return), instantly becoming a fan favorite amongst the Philadelphia faithful. Jackson’s exit from Philly wasn’t a decision he wanted and he has often flirted with a return throughout his time in Washington and Tampa Bay. Now playing with perhaps the best quarterback he’s had since he left the Eagles in Carson Wentz, Jackson may potentially get the happy ending he has always wanted in Philadelphia.