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NFL Trade Rumors: Eagles intensify efforts to deal DeSean Jackson

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Could one of the game's most explosive receivers be on the move?

The Philadelphia Eagles have been rumored to have wide receiver DeSean Jackson on the trading block since re-signing Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper this offseason.

According to Jeff McLane of Phily.com, they've increased their efforts to move him, and he's not expected to be on the roster when the 2014 season opens:

The Eagles have intensified their efforts to trade Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson in the last week, according to three independent NFL sources.

While there have been earlier reports that teams reached out to inquire about Jackson, in several cases it has been the Eagles that have directly or indirectly shopped the wide receiver to gauge interest, two of the sources said.

The team had no comment on Friday.

The Eagles' marketing of Jackson leads to the near inevitable conclusion that he will not be with the team this season.

Jackson, who doesn't turn 28 until December, is due a massive $10.7 million in scheduled salary and bonuses this year, making any trade difficult. The Carolina Panthers were among the teams the Eagles reached out to in order to gauge interest in a trade for Jackson, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

Nick Fierro of The Morning Call also reports "There is no way he's an Eagle this year."

Whoever does manage to get Jackson will be getting an electric offensive playmaker. He caught 82 passes last season for a career-high 1,332 yards, which was ninth in the NFL. Jackson also tied his career-high with nine touchdowns, while averaging 16.2 yards per reception.

The New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets (who just signed his former QB) reportedly have shown interest in acquiring Jackson. the Eagles have already cut veteran wideout Jason Avant, so WR will become a bigger need for them in the NFL Draft if and when Jackson is traded.