Updated: March 20, 2014, 1:10 PM ET
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The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly are willing to listen to trade offers for DeSean Jackson, but at least one of his teammates doesn’t want him to leave, saying the wide receiver is “misunderstood.”
“Once you’re tagged with being a certain type of way, it’s kind of hard to get rid of,” linebacker Mychal Kendricks said Wednesday in an interview with NFL Network. “But I’ve known DeSean Jackson since he went to Cal and he’s always been a good guy. I can’t sit here and say anything bad about him. … He’s very to himself and relax and chill. He does his job, he does it well.”
The Eagles have remained silent on Jackson since reports surfaced they were willing to trade their leading receiver.
Kendricks, however, made it clear he wants Jackson to return.
“I want him to stay,” Kendricks, who has been Jackson’s teammate since 2012, told NFL Network. “I want him to be on our team. Deep threat. One of the most elusive guys in the league. I’d rather play with him instead of against him.”
Jackson set career bests in receptions (82) and yards (1,332) and tied his career high with nine touchdowns last season, the Eagles’ first playing for coach Chip Kelly. According to reports, Kelly has grown tired of dealing with Jackson, however.
The receiver signed a five-year extension two years ago, with the Eagles paying him $18 million the past two seasons. He’s due to make $10.5 million in 2014 and is owed $30.5 million over the remainder of his deal, but none of that money is guaranteed.
Jackson said after the season that he thought he deserved a raise, although he later tried to clarify on his Instagram page that he wasn’t demanding a new contract.