It’s a busy day in the neighborhood for Eagles wide receiver discussions, and it’s only getting louder. According to Sirius XM NFL’s Alex Marvez, who appeared for a few minutes on 97.5 The Fanatic on Friday afternoon, Birds fans shouldn’t be expecting a reunion with DeSean Jackson any time soon.
"I wouldn’t get your hopes up too high about DeSean Jackson coming back to Philadelphia," Marvez said, deep into his segment. "I’ve been told that’s probably not going to happen."
This comes as a bit of a surprise, considering the Eagles and Jackson have both been rumored to have mutual interest dating back months. A potential reunion almost seemed inevitable. Now? Time to slow our roll.
And that might be because of Friday’s other big news, that the Eagles are front-runners in the chase for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks. With the beginning of the legal tampering period just four days away now, rumors are heating up, and Marvez reported Friday morning that the Eagles are in the lead for Cooks’ services, with a second-round pick being the likely return.
And according to Marvez, the Eagles are very high on the 23-year-old wideout.
"I can say this, the Eagles love themselves some Brandin Cooks," Marvez said.
"From what I was able to pick up last night, I can’t go into my sourcing or anything like that, but Brandin Cooks is not someone who’s in the [Saints’] plans. They’re ready to move on."
Marvez said he thinks, because of the impending free agency period, this is a deal that will get done soon.
"I think it gets done sooner than later, because you have to," Marvez said. "Because of the free agency deadline, you just have to."
The Tennessee Titans were also rumored to be in the hunt for Cooks, and Marvez says the Titans are still very much pursuing the young wide receiver.
Marvez also said the Eagles would of course like to have a commitment from Cooks past the end of his rookie contract, but did not say the Eagles wouldn’t make the trade without a commitment to an extension.
"Tough question, because you do have the franchise tag available," Marvez said. "That’s significant. That’s something you can use."
As for what else the Eagles might pair with a second-round pick in a potential trade, Marvez said the Saints aren’t currently looking for linebackers, which would make Mychal Kendricks not likely to get moved. They are, he said, looking for pass rush help. Connor Barwin, maybe?
"The Saints are going to be looking for the best deal they can get to help their team," Marvez said.