According to multiple sources close to the wide receiver, the sentiment within the Jackson camp is that he will not be with the Eagles in 2014. One of his top confidants relayed that Jackson is now “pretty much convinced” that he will not return.
This is a change in perception from even just a few days ago. The 27-year-old wideout had some concern about his standing on the team following a wave of reports suggesting he could be on the outs in Philly. That concern was heightened by the fact that he had not received any assurances from Chip Kelly or the Eagles organization. Our understanding is that the team had not contacted Jackson directly as of mid-week, though they have apparently spoken with his agent, Joel Segal, in recent days.
Jackson has gone from being uncertain about his future with the Eagles to firmly believing he will be elsewhere next season.
Per one source, three teams have been mentioned as possible landing spots: New England, San Francisco and Seattle. It is unclear whether there is legitimate interest from any of these three teams, only that they are the names that are being mentioned within Jackson’s inner-circle.
The Niners are approximately just $4.4 million under the salary cap, according to overthecap.com. The Patriots have about $6.5 million in space and the Seahawks about $15.4 million.
Other reports have mentioned the Jets, Raiders and Panthers as potential suitors, though the general feeling among Panthers reporters is that a trade to Carolina is unlikely.
It’s yet to be seen how this all plays out. What we can say is that Jackson now believes that this drama will end with him wearing a different uniform.