According to a report, two teams—including the San Francisco 49ers—have made inquiries to the Philadelphia Eagles about the availability of wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
CSNPhilly.com reported that the 49ers and New England Patriots have asked about the receiver, who had 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013.
The report said the Eagles want at least a third-round pick for Jackson, perhaps more.
The 49ers are seeking depth at wide receiver behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. Jackson’s salary will increase to $12.5 million this season, according to SportsCity.com, and decreases only slightly to $12 million in 2015 and $10.5 million in 2016.
Jackson was wildly productive last season, but there are reports that there is a growing rift between Jackson and Eagles coach Chip Kelly.
“There’s an opinion among some in the Eagles organization that Jackson’s personality is not a great fit with the locker room culture that Chip Kelly is trying to cultivate and the Eagles could be open to trading him,” wrote Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com earlier this month.
“Jackson remains an enigmatic figure for a head coach who is agitated quickly by me-first behavior,” wrote Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com.
“Might the Eagles be willing to trade Jackson for more pick?” wrote Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News. “Believe me when I tell you it’s been talked about on the second floor of NovaCare.”
NovaCare refers to the NovaCare Center, the Eagles’ facility.
Jackson, 27, is a Long Beach native who starred at Cal from 2005-07, catching 162 passes for 2,423 yards and 22 touchdowns for the Golden Bears while also scoring six touchdowns on punt returns and earning consensus All-America honors as a sophomore in 2006. He was a second-round pick of the Eagles in the 2008 draft and is a three-time Pro Bowler, earning bids in 2009, 2010 and 2013. He led the NFL with 22.5 yards per reception in 2010 and has 356 catches for 6,117 yards and 32 scores in 87 career games.