The Philadelphia Eagles acquired DeSean Jackson from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, league sources tell ESPN, reuniting the deep-threat receiver with the team that drafted him in 2008.
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Sources told ESPN on Sunday that the Bucs were actively shopping Jackson and that Philadelphia was his desired landing spot.
The Eagles agreed to re-work Jackson’s contract with a deal that is expected to be worth $27 million over three years, according to a source. Jackson will get a guaranteed $13 million, a source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Jackson was slated to make $10 million in 2019 on the final year of his three-year, $33.5 million deal with the Bucs.
In addition to Jackson, the Eagles get a seventh-round draft pick in 2020, while a 2019 sixth-round pick heads to the Buccaneers, a source told Mortensen.
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Jackson, 32, was a second-round draft choice of the Eagles in 2008 and spent his first six seasons in Philly, where he averaged 59 catches, more than 1,000 yards and five touchdowns per year. He was unceremoniously cut by coach Chip Kelly in March 2014 following a career year in which Jackson posted 1,332 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
Nevertheless, Philly was his preferred destination, according to a source.
On Monday, Jackson took to social media to say goodbye to Tampa prior to reports of an agreed-upon trade.
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Tampa it was a great experience, but things didn’t work out !! Looking forward to my next destination .. Stay Tuned #0ne0fone
A post shared by Desean Jackson (@0ne0fone) on Mar 11, 2019 at 9:53am PDT
Trading Jackson frees up $10 million in salary-cap space for the Bucs, who had less than $3.5 million in cap room entering the legal tampering period.
Last month, new Bucs coach Bruce Arians had a long sit-down with Jackson, a conversation Arians said at the NFL scouting combine “couldn’t have gone better.” But general manager Jason Licht, when asked about Jackson, said, “I’d say all options are on the table,” while also praising his speed.
Jackson had a direct conversation with the Buccaneers’ front office over the weekend about his status and trade considerations, a source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
Jenna Laine contributed to this report.