After being released by the Philadelphia Eagles, wide receiver DeSean Jackson begins a free agency tour that could potentially send him on a nationwide interviewing spree — unless a team can woo Jackson, and their fan-base, off their feet.
Jackson, 27, could potentially remain in the NFC East as his first stop on Monday will be with the Washington Redskins. The looming question that could prevent this move from happening is whether the Redskins, Jackson, and his agent can negotiate a salary that all parties agree to.
Mike Jones and Mark Maske of the Washington Post got word that while they are interested in the three-time Pro Bowl receiver, Jackson will need to be flexible with his contract demands.
“Washington will host Jackson on Monday evening and Tuesday, according to multiple sources”, wrote Jones and Maske. “Two people classified the Redskins as ‘all in’ in their pursuit of Jackson. But they acknowledged that it remains unclear if Washington will be able to meet Jackson’s contract demands. Another person familiar with the team’s deliberations said that the team will only sign Jackson ‘if he’ll come on the cheap.'”
If Jackson leaves Washington without a contract in hand, two other teams reportedly interested in D-Jax include the Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills. Both teams are in a better cap situation than Washington is to sign Jackson, but there are no guarantees he will land with either of them either. Teams don’t just rid themselves of Pro Bowl talent in their prime and not have a blatant reason why. Yet the Philadelphia Eagles just did, so teams are doing their due diligence prior to bringing him in for a face-to-face.
Tim Graham of the Buffalo News tweeted over the weekend that the Bills already have a dollar amount they will offer DeSean, and don’t plan on going much higher than that.
“Source tells me any Bills interest in DeSean Jackson would be for a predetermined price. Bills won’t get into a bidding war.”
As for the Raiders, they too are doing background checks on Jackson and don’t have any reported meeting arranged at this time. But both Jackson and the Raiders have a mutual interest in each other so it assumed it’s only a matter of time before that meeting takes place.
I don’t anticipate Jackson will remain on the market for much more than his first two stops. But price pending, teams interest will begin to peak if he Jackson is still available after his first two or three meetings.
The New York Jets still loom in the background as players for Jackson’s services, and have the cap space to make him an offer. The New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks have all been reported to have at least some interest, but I really doubt they’ll make a strong push to acquire DeSean.
Regardless of where DeSean Jackson lands, two facts remain unquestionable. He will make his new offensive coordinator extremely happy, and, this move is going to alter the first round of the draft, and maybe make it easier for Chip Kelly to land a receiver that fits his system.