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Did DeSean Jackson Hint to a Possible Return to the Eagles?

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30-year-old wide receivers are not often looked upon as top free agent targets this time of year, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for Redskins DeSean Jackson who is in popular demand

DeSean Jackson Free Agency Rumors

Whether you’re a rookie attending the upcoming NFL Combine or a seasoned pro that is about it become an unrestricted free agent, saying the right things to the media is always a smart move. Players are trained to be diplomatic, polite and not to say anything that can be taken the wrong way. When it comes to NFL Free Agency, it’s always a good idea to leave as many doors open as possible even if you have your heart set on being with one particular team. 30-year-old wide receivers are not often looked upon as top free agent targets this time of year, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for Redskins DeSean Jackson who is in popular demand.

On Adam Schefter’s latest Know Them From Adam podcast, Jackson discussed how his speed is still in the 4.3 range even after nine seasons, upcoming NFL free agency, and of course a possible return to the Philadelphia Eagles. Here is what DeSean said when asked about a possible come back to the Eagles:

“It definitely is a great story, I guess you could say. Starting your career somewhere and obviously going to a division rival team and having the possibility of maybe going back. I mean you kind of just think about all of that, where you started from and maybe where you want to finish it. It’s just a lot of speculation of a lot of thoughts. It almost sounds good but you never really know until the final decision is made. But I’m just a firm believer of you work hard, you put in the work, and continuously go out there and show everyone what you’re capable of doing. I think the sky is the limit for me.” – DeSean Jackson

Schefter also asked Jackson on his thoughts about new Philadelphia franchise quarterback Carson Wentz.

“I think all them guys, man, the NFC East has some great quarterbacks. You can go all the way across the board. Carson Wentz came in and had heck of a year as a rookie. I don’t think a lot of people saw that coming. You know, you had Sam Bradford who was there, he ended up getting traded to Minnesota, so he didn’t have no choice but to step up and be that guy. But that was a gutsy call for the organization to really believe in a young guy like that who just came out of college and give him that shot. I think he killed it. He was lights out, had heck of a year. He definitely showed me he can do it and he has all the intangibles of being a big time quarterback in this league.”

A lot of Eagle blogs and fans are excited that DJack would mention Carson Wentz in such a positive manner, however, before talking about the Eagles, Jackson did tell Schefter playing for a team with a great quarterback is a priority for him as he seeks a new contract. “I think all them guys, man, the NFC East has some great quarterbacks…” He’s trying hard not to sound like he wouldn’t be interested in playing anywhere else, either.

What are your thoughts? Do you think he’s after a ring, a return to Philly or just a fat contract?

Upcoming: Gridiron Experts has an NFL Free Agency prediction article coming out this week. Watch for that as we count down to the start of player movement and the NFL Combine in 2017.

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