According to CSN’s Derek Gunn, the Eagles are looking for no worse than a third-round pick in return. That sounds a little light, especially with the kind of season Jackson had in 2013 when he was named to the Pro Bowl. He had 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
He’s also only 27.
The Dallas Cowboys traded first-, third- and sixth-round picks to the Detroit Lions in 2008 for Roy Williams and a sixth-round pick. Up to that point he played in a full season just once and had one 1,000-yard season, but the Cowboys paid a staggering price to get him. In addition to the draft picks, they gave him $27 million guaranteed on a new contract. After the 2010 season the Cowboys cut him.
He was 27 at the time of the trade.
In 2012, the Miami Dolphins traded Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears for pair of third-round picks. He was coming off five straight 1,000-yard seasons, but also had some off-field issues in his time with the Denver Broncos and Dolphins. In his two years with the Bears he has 218 catches for 2,803 yards and 23 touchdowns.
He was 27 at the time of the offseason trade.
In 2010 the Arizona Cardinals sent Anquan Boldin and a fifth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for third- and fourth-round picks. He had five 1,000-yard seasons in seven years with the Cardinals, but Arizona also had Larry Fitzgerald on its roster and paid him a ton of money. Boldin did not have 1,000 yards or more than 65 catches in his three seasons with Baltimore, but do the Ravens win a Super Bowl without him? No.
Jackson is set to make $10.125 million this year, and trading him would save the Eagles about $4 million in cap space. They have re-signed Jeremy Maclin for a year and Riley Cooper for five, but neither is as dynamic as Jackson.
Unless the Eagles just want to get rid of Jackson, they have to get more than a third-round pick in return.