On Friday the Philadelphia Eagles announced that the organization released Pro-Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The team did not disclose reasons for Jackson's departure, but there is rampant speculation that it had to do with DeSean's attitude and off the field concerns.
Now the story turns to the New York Jets and whether or not the team will consider signing the former Eagles star. DeSean Jackson is arguably one of the most explosive wide receivers in the National Football League and is coming off of a career year where he caught 82 passes for 1,392 yards and 9 touchdowns. Jackson would provide Gang Green with the dynamic pass catching threat that the organization has coveted for years. DeSean would allow Marty Mornhinweg to open up his offense and his playmaking ability would create space and opportunities for Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley. On the field there is really no reason for the Jets to not pursue DeSean Jackson.
Off the field is where the Jets could build a case against signing Jackson. The first issue with Jackson will be his contract demands. DeSean Jackson is going to be looking for a hefty contract which will include significant guaranteed money. My guess a contract in the 5-year, $60 million range with $20 million guaranteed. Is Gang Green willing to shell out that type of money for a guy that has some potential character issues?
The second area of concern is the aforementioned character issues. There are several published reports about DeSean Jackson's "diva like" antics. The reports include Jackson missing meetings, arguing with the staff, and causing problems in the locker room. In addition there are some recent reports about DeSean Jackson having some ties to members of a gang. For a young team that is trying to rebuild is this type of player you want to add to your organization? The Eagles, who are rebuilding under Chip Kelly, decided he was not. Do the Jets have a different view of Jackson?
A vital component to this decision will be offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg who coached DeSean while he was in Philadelphia. Mornhinweg should be able to give the Jets an inside perspective on DeSean Jackson.
My guess is that the New York Jets will show an interest in DeSean but will not be willing to break the bank for the former Eagle. This year's wide receiver draft class is loaded with talent and I think that will continue to be John Idzik's tool to upgrade his roster. If I had to make a prediction it is that DeSean Jackson lands with the Oakland Raiders who will ridiculously over pay for him.