Over the weekend, the Philadelphia Eagles did the unthinkable and they waived wide receiver DeSean Jackson. This came as a shock too many because Jackson is a very talented wide receiver that can stretch the field and light up the scoreboard. The Eagles released Jackson despite the fact that he posted career numbers with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. In a fast paced offense led by Chip Kelly, Jackson seemed to be the perfect fit. However not anymore, as the team parted ways with the fiery wide out and he is now a free agent on the open market.
There are plenty of rumors swirling the reason for the release to include supposed gang ties. Although there has not been any proof of such ties, he is no longer an Eagle but that has not stopped other teams from showing interest. In fact it has been widely reported that nine current NFL teams have reached out to Jackson’s agent. It would take long before Jackson is on another team.
Here are a few of the other teams that have showed interest in Jackson.
The front runner for his services could be the Oakland Raiders. Prior to his release, Jackson put the word out to the Raiders of his interest in joining the organization, via sources involved in the situation. This would make sense since the Raiders were Jackson’s favorite team growing up and Oakland also is close to the wide receiver’s Bay Area college roots at Cal. The interest is mutual. The Raiders have been doing research on Jackson for more than a week and they certainly have the money to obtain the wide out.
The Silver and Black are not alone as the Washington Redskins also have expressed interest in Jackson. It remains unclear how earnestly Washington will pursue Jackson, or if he shares mutual interest. But people within the organization believe the speedy pass-catcher-return man could significantly elevate the Redskins’ offense. Washington, according to NFLPA records, has $6.9 million in cap space, although those figures could differ slightly from the league’s records. Not to mention he would face the Eagles twice a year.
The dark horse of this group could be the Buffalo Bills. Despite heavily investing in the receiver position in recent years (Stevie Johnson signed a five-year contract extension, and early draft picks were spent on Robert Woods, T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin), the Bills are still in the market for receiving talent as they seek to speed the development of quarterback EJ Manuel. The Bills would have to offer a heavy deal to lure him north, but anything could happen.
Other teams in the mix for Jackson include but are not limited to the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs.
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