Three years ago, DeSean Jackson and the Washington Redskins agreed to a $24 million contract. Now that deal is up and a familiar team is on his radar: the Philadelphia Eagles. Teams like the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots are also in play.
Jackson played for Philly from 2008 to 2013. In those six seasons, he had 32 touchdowns and topped 900 receiving yards five times.
His three-year stint with the Redskins was less productive. Jackson scored just 14 times and didn't top 56 receptions in any season.
According to BookMaker.eu, the Eagles are a 3/2 favorite to bring Jackson back.
And while a reunion makes sense, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora cautioned that Jackson to the Eagles is far from a done deal.
"There is a legitimate chance he ends up somewhere besides Philadelphia, and, at age 30, I'd anticipate there being a good number of suitors for his services," he said.
The Eagles are starved for a field-stretching wide receiver.
Their leading pass-catcher last season was tight end Zach Ertz, who barely topped 800 yards. They ranked in the middle of the pack with nine plays of 40-plus yards.
Now the real interesting part.
According to legendary Vegas oddsmaker Kenny White, Jackson is only worth an extra half-win to the Eagles. Instead of posting a win total of 7 for Philadelphia without Jackson, White said he'd release 7.5 if they added the 30-year-old wideout, still likely way short of a Super Bowl run.
The Oakland Raiders are +375 (almost 4/1) to nab Jackson in free agency. Jackson would bolster a receiving corps that already features Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, giving Derek Carr a wealth of dangerous targets.
The New England Patriots, always in the market for veteran playmakers, are 7/1 to land Jackson. WR Chris Hogan stepped up down the stretch last season and Julian Edelman has one year left on his deal.
The Redskins are 12/1 to bring Jackson back. They could elect to slap Jackson with the franchise tag of $14.59 million, but they must also deal with QB Kirk Cousins and WR Pierre Garcon being free agents.
"I'd go with the Redskins," SportsLine expert Mike Tierney said. "That's a mighty big number for a player to stay with his current team. The 'Skins will try to keep Jackson or Pierre Garcon -- bringing back both is unrealistic -- and many of Jackson's likely main suitors are a few years away from even thinking about contending for a title. Jackson is 30 and might wish to stick with a team pointed in the right direction."
The Field -- any other NFL team -- is roughly even money at -120 to roster Jackson next season.
"I fully expect the Redskins to move on rather than pay the 30-year-old Jackson what he'll command from a team desperate for a speedy wideout," SportsLine expert Larry Hartstein said. "While the Eagles definitely will be in the mix, the Buccaneers and Rams make just as much sense. Jackson could land with any number of teams, so take the field."
From BookMaker.eu: DeSean Jackson team in Week 1 of 2017-18 regular season:
- Philadelphia Eagles +150
- Oakland Raiders +375
- New England Patriots +700
- Washington Redskins +1200
- Field -120