NFL free agency has been in full swing over the past week, with multiple deals taking place. Some very notable names have switched teams over the past seven days, like DeMarcus Ware, Darrelle Revis, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
On March 13, all-purpose back Darren Sproles joined the Philadelphia Eagles, who have been perhaps the most active team in the NFL in recent weeks.
Philadelphia sent the New Orleans Saints a fifth-round pick in the upcoming draft for the diminutive and exciting playmaker. Sproles, 30, is regarded as an ideal fit in the Eagles’ spread offense.
But the presence of Sproles could mean that more deals are in the works.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles will listen to offers for DeSean Jackson. While the Eagles are not expected to shop Jackson around the league, he could be a star wide receiver that teams are willing to give up a lot of assets to acquire.
“They would certainly be open if the right offer came along,” said Schefter.
Following the addition of Sproles and the re-signing of Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia could be overloaded with offensive weapons in 2014. Head coach Chip Kelly is known to like to spread the ball around to multiple players, but may prefer to consider other receiving options in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Jackson has three years remaining on his contract. A possible deal for the 27-year-old would ease cap pressure on the Eagles, but finding interested trade partners could be difficult. A prospective suitor would need to have both the cap space and the attractive trade bait.
In six seasons, Jackson has 6,117 receiving yards. The three-time Pro Bowler played in all 16 games in 2013, and had his best season, catching 82 passes for 1,332 yards.
It’s unclear if the Eagles plan to remain busy offseason. The club already decided to keep offensive linemen Jason Peters and Jason Kelce, and strengthen their secondary with the additions of Malcolm Jenkins and Nolan Carroll.
Yet, there remain questions over retaining perhaps the most prominent free agent on the market.
Quarterback Michael Vick played in just seven games in 2013, but may still be in the Eagles’ plans. The 33-year-old has been linked to a move to the New York Jets, but multiple reports have suggested that Vick may consider staying in Philadelphia.
Nick Foles enters the 2014 season as the clear favorite to be the Eagles’ starting quarterback. If Vick is healthy, he would be among the best backups in the NFL. He agreed to a one-year deal in 2013, and is expected to sign another one-year contract.
The Eagles won the NFC East crown in 2013, and may not want to take the chance of having Matt Barkley or GJ Kinne be the primary backups for Foles. Vick would provide a veteran presence for the Eagles next season, and maintain stability to a club that may still be adjusting to Kelly's system.
The Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have also been rumored to have interest in Vick.