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AP sources: DeSean Jackson close to returning to Eagles

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AP Pro Football Writer

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to acquire wide receiver DeSean Jackson from Tampa Bay along with a 2020 seventh-round draft pick for a sixth-round pick this year, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday.

The deal is contingent upon Jackson agreeing to a new contract, according to one of the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because terms haven't been finalized.

The Eagles also have agreed on a three-year contract with defensive tackle Malik Jackson, one of the people told the AP. Jackson was released by Jacksonville last week to provide salary cap space.

The moves won't be official until the league year begins Wednesday.

DeSean Jackson is set to return to Philadelphia five years after former Eagles coach Chip Kelly released the three-time Pro Bowl pick following his best season. The 32-year-old speedster had one year remaining on his contract for $10 million.

Jackson gives the Eagles a deep threat to complement a receiving corps that includes Alshon Jeffrey, Nelson Agholor, and tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.

He was selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2008 draft and averaged 59 catches for 1,020 yards and five touchdowns in six seasons with the Eagles. Jackson had 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine TDs in 2013 but still got cut by Kelly. He had two 1,000-yard seasons in three years in Washington and spent the past two seasons with the Buccaneers. He had 41 catches for 774 yards and four TDs last season, averaging an NFL-best 18.9 yards per reception.

Malik Jackson spent the past three seasons with the Jaguars after playing his first four with Denver, earning one Super Bowl ring. The 28-year-old Jackson had 18 sacks in Jacksonville, including 3+ last season.

The Eagles also announced nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters has agreed to a new, one-year deal to return for his 16th NFL season and 11th in Philadelphia.


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Updated March 11, 2019

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