It has become widely expected by now that DeSean Jackson is not going to be an Eagle in 2014, whether he is traded for a draft pick, or simply released. Last Tuesday, Derrick Gunn of CSN Philly reported that the Eagles were seeking a 3rd round pick and potentially more for DeSean Jackson.
On Thursday, we cautioned that a 3rd round pick might even be optimistic. On Saturday, Jets beat writer Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News took it one step further, noting via sources that Jackson had no interest in taking a pay cut, which would make him difficult to trade... at all.
With a DeSean Jackson trade or release on the horizon, the quick twitch thing to consider is what were WRs traded for recently? The first name that has come to mind for many is Percy Harvin, who the Seahawks acquired from the Vikings for 1st and 7th round picks in 2013, as well as a 3rd round pick in 2014. However, what was good for the Seahawks in March 2013 doesn't necessarily make any other similar situations good for other teams around the league in March 2014.
NFL personnel people will almost certainly consider the many red flags that a player/personality like Jackson presents:
• Jackson's cost vs what is available in the draft
• Was Jackson's 2013 season misleading because of the Eagles' historic season on offense?
• How much does Jackson have left in the tank?
• Potential (and possibly unfair) durability concerns
• And of course, what is the real reason Philly seems so hellbent on ridding themselves of Jackson?
The above bullet points were detailed in more depth here last Thursday.
There is sense among many that trades are difficult to execute in the NFL. History suggests otherwise. We took a look at every trade involving a WR and at least one draft pick in the last 5 drafts. By my count, there have been 24 such trades, which are all listed below.
To note, trade compensation for WRs is all over the map. While one person might point to the Harvin trade as an optimistic measure of what the Eagles should receive in return, another person can just as easily point to the Steelers trading Santonio Holmes for a 5th round pick the offseason after he finished 7th in the NFL with 1248 yards on 79 receptions.
Here are all 24 such trades, which again, shouldn't serve as much more than trivia, as every situation is very unique:
September 16, 2008: The Broncos traded Keary Colbert to the Seahawks for a 2009 5th round pick.
October 14, 2008: The Lions traded Roy Williams and a 7th round pick to the Cowboys for a 1st, 3rd and 6th round picks in 2009.
March 5, 2009: The Eagles traded Greg Lewis and a 7th round pick in 2010 for a 5th round pick in 2009.
April 6, 2009: The Falcons traded Laurent Robinson along with 5th and 6th round picks in 2009 to the Rams for 5th and 6th round pick. (The Falcons simply moved up in both the 5th and 6th rounds).
October 7, 2009: The Browns traded Braylon Edwards to the Jets for 3rd and 5th round picks in 2010, along with LB Jason Trusnik and WR Chansi Stuckey.
October 20, 2009: The Eagles traded Brandon Gibson and a 6th round pick in 2010 to the Rams for LB Will Witherspoon.
March 6, 2010: The Cardinals traded Anquan Boldin and a 5th round pick in 2010 to the Ravens for 3rd and 4th round picks in 2010.
April 12, 2010: The Steelers traded Santonio Holmes to the Jets for a 5th round pick in 2010.
April 15, 2010: The Broncos traded Brandon Marshall to the Dolphins for a 2nd round pick in 2010 and a 2nd round pick in 2011.
April 16, 2010: The Dolphins traded Ted Ginn to the 49ers for a 5th round pick in 2010.
September 3, 2010: The Cowboys traded Patrick Crayton to the Chargers for a 7th round pick in 2011.
September 6, 2010: The Ravens traded Mark Clayton and a 7th round pick in 2011 to the Rams for a 6th round pick in 2011.
October 6, 2010: The Patriots traded Randy Moss and a 7th round pick in 2012 to the Vikings for a 3rd round pick in 2011.
October 11, 2010: The Seahawks traded Deion Branch to the Patriots for a 4th round pick in 2011.
July 28, 2011: The Bengals traded Chad Ochocinco to the Patriots for a 5h round pick in 2012 and a 6th round pick in 2013.
August 12, 2011: The Bills traded Lee Evans to the Ravens for a 4th round pick in 2012.
October 17, 2011: The Broncos traded Brandon Lloyd to the Rams for a 5th round pick in 2012.
March 14, 2012: The Dolphins traded Brandon Marshall to the Bears for a 3rd round pick in 2012 and a 3rd round pick in 2013.
July 23, 2012: The Raiders traded Louis Murphy to the Panthers for a 7th round pick in 2013.
October 30, 2012: The Jaguars traded Mike Thomas to the Lions for a 5th round pick in 2014.
March 11, 2013: The Vikings traded Percy Harvin to the Seahawks for 1st and 7th round picks in 2013, and a 3rd round pick in 2014.
March 11, 2013: The Ravens traded Anquan Boldin to the 49ers for a 6th round pick in 2013.
March 15, 2013: The Buccaneers traded Arrelious Benn and a 7th round pick in 2013 to the Eagles for a 6th round pick in 2013.
April 27, 2013: The Dolphins traded Davone Bess along with 4th and 7th round picks in 2013 to the Browns for 4th and 5th round picks in 2013.
The trades listed above of course do not include players who were released outright, like former Panthers WR Steve Smith was less than two weeks ago. DeSean Jackson may very well face the same fate, but it's certainly not out of the question that the Eagles can salvage some kind of modest return.
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