During the last two seasons, Eagles fans have booed DeSean Jackson, loudly. In Sunday's Redskins win in Philadelphia, the home crowd was quite kind to the pending free agent.
"It's interesting, first time ever," Jackson said of not being booed as a visitor at Lincoln Financial Field.
Of course, Jackson's warm reception comes as rumors of the Eagles wanting their former star receiver back heat up. Before and after the game, many fans and stadium personnel warmly greeted Jackson, who played the first six years of his career in Philly.
"Who wants to get booed? Especially all you've done, started your career somewhere so you definitely don't want to get booed. It's always great to get support regardless of who it's coming from," Jackson said after the game.
If the Eagles fans were trying to court Jackson back to their team, the receiver gave them plenty of reason to want him. He had three catches for 102 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown bomb that showed off both his speed and ball tracking ability.
With rookie QB Carson Wentz looking like a future Pro Bowler, but an offense that lacks firepower at wideout, signing Jackson would make a lot of sense for the Eagles. Add in that former Eagles coach Chip Kelly - the man most responsible for Jackson's ugly exit from Philly in the first place - is now coaching the 49ers, Jackson likes new coach Doug Pederson, and it's easy to see momentum building around the idea of DeSean's return to the City of Brotherly Love.
Walking around the field pregame, one familiar refrain came from the stands towards Jackson, "come home." In fact, after the long TD, fans were even chanting for Jackson to return to Philadelphia.
While the Redskins can certainly re-sign Jackson, other teams will absolutely pursue the free agent to be. And Washington GM Scot McCloughan has plenty of decisions to make between Jackson, WR Pierre Garçon, and DL Chris Baker among other pending free agents - and that's without even mentioning the contract requirements for quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Smartly, Jackson is taking a wait and see approach. After a slow start to the season, Jackson is heating up of late, catching long passes in each of the last three games and again showing the NFL how dangerous he can be.
"We'll see what happens, you'll never know how it will play out."
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