Last week, there were rumors that the Philadelphia Eagles were looking to trade DeSean Jackson. Instead of dealing him, the team released the wide receiver, making him available to any team with available salary cap space.
Now that Jackson is a free agent, several teams are in the running to acquire him. The Washington Redskins will have the first shot at signing the Pro Bowler. According to multiple reports, the two sides have a meeting scheduled for Monday.
Jackson could be a key addition to the Redskins, who finished in last place, just a year after winning the NFC East. He would give Robert Griffin III two 1,000-yard receivers from the 2013 season. Washington wasted no time scheduling a visit with Jackson, even though his reported relationship with Los Angeles gang members was a reason for his release.
"I feel like our locker room has a good group of young guys, a good group of old guys, man," Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall told CSNWashington.com. "Some of the things [Jackson] has been going through lately, that's life. That's life…We've all been through something, so ... if he's able to come here, man, I'm going to take him under my wing and just try to put him on the right path."
After visiting the Redskins, a trip to Oakland could soon follow. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that Jackson has let the Raiders know he has interest in joining the team. Jackson is from California, and went to college at the University of California. Oakland is having internal discussions about the wide receiver, who could join a number of free agents that have signed with the Raiders. The organization has already spent money on James Jones, Antonio Smith, Maurice-Jones Drew, Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley, among others.
Both the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers have expressed an interest in acquiring Jackson. Before Jackson was cut, Jets owner Woody Johnson told reporters that the club was looking at the 27-year-old. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera told USA Today that Carolina would take a look at Jackson, as well. However, that doesn’t mean either organization will make a big play for the wide out.
While Johnson might want Jackson in New York, the team’s general manager isn’t convinced. According to ESPN.com, John Idzik doesn’t think Jackson fits with the club. There are also conflicting reports about Carolina’s level of interest in Jackson. Despite Rivera’s comments, Pro Football Talk reported on Friday that the Panthers won’t make a bid for the free agent.
Prior to being released, Jackson was owed over $10 million for the 2014 NFL season. Last year, he set career-highs, catching 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.