Report: DeSean Jackson in Eagles-Panthers trade talks


When reports surfaced of a potential DeSean Jackson trade this week, the Philadelphia Eagles were simply fielding calls from interested teams.

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Now we have reason to believe they are taking a more proactive approach.

The Carolina Panthers were among the teams the Eagles "informally reached out to" in order to gauge interest in a trade for Jackson, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reported Friday.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Panthers have joined the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers as teams showing interest in Jackson.

If the Eagles are now initiating the trade feelers, it's an important distinction -- and ostensibly an escalation of Jackson's exit.

Philadelphia's silence on the matter speaks volumes about Jackson's current standing with the organization.

One source familiar with coach Chip Kelly's mindset has opined to NFL Media columnist Michael Silver that Jackson's placement on the trade block is "probably more about (not) being a team guy."

A person close to Jackson has told The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., there is "no way" the wide receiver will be on the Eagles roster when the 2014 season starts.

Because of their glaring need at the position, the Panthers make surface sense as a trade partner. Digging deeper, though, general manager Dave Gettleman would have to create cap space to fit Jackson's salary.

A bigger impediment? The Observer has reported Steve Smith was released because Gettleman viewed him as a distraction. Considering Jackson's diva reputation, that would seem to make him a poor fit in Charlotte.

It's beginning to look more and more likely that Jackson will be wearing another team's uniform by the end of the 2014 NFL Draft. Panthers fans shouldn't hold their breath that teal is one of the colors. Although, a recent picture that Jackson posted to Instagram might give them some hope.

The latest "Around The League Podcast" breaks down DeSean Jackson trade rumors and tries to figure out who will be next year's Michael Bennett (or Brent Grimes).