Around the Web: Who will land DeSean Jackson?

Around the Web: Who will land DeSean Jackson?

Why couldn't Eagles find a trade partner for Jackson?

March 29, 2014, 1:00 pm
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DeSean Jackson was released by the Eagles on Friday after posting 82 receptions, 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns last season. (USA Today Images)

What's next for DeSean Jackson?

After "careful consideration" the Eagles decided to part ways with the enigmatic wide receiver on Friday (see story).

Are the Birds better off without Jackson? Why did they cut him? Three-time Pro Bowlers just aren't released in their prime, you know.

Those questions will likely be answered over time. For now, many are just wondering where Jackson will play next.

With that in mind, let's take a look at what's being said around the Web:

Staying in the division?
He's no longer in Philly, but might he stay within the NFC East?

Two reports out of Washington indicate that Jackson will visit with the Redskins.

The first, from Dianna Marie Russi of NBC 4, has Jackson meeting with the team on Monday. The second, from Mike Jones of the Washington Post, confirms that Jackson will "visit with Redskins this coming week."

In two games last season, Jackson torched the 'Skins, catching 11 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown. 

DeAngelo Hall is already weighing in on the prospect of having Jackson as a teammate.

Reunited with Reid? Unlikely
Is Kansas City a likely landing spot for Jackson?

Considering the Chiefs are coached by Andy Reid, who drafted and had experience with Jackson in Philadelphia, it's not far-fetched to link the two together.

But, as pointed out by Dan Rose of, the Chiefs currently have just $4.5 million in salary cap room. 

Jackson was set to make $10.5 million in 2014 and was owned $30.5 million over the remainder of his contract, but none of that money was guaranteed.

Reid knows Jackson's strengths and weaknesses. If Kansas City could make the money work, it would make a lot of sense to ink the 27-year-old.

Update: Per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs did their due diligence on Jackson, but they are now, according to a source, out of the running. 

What about Vick?
The Jets have already added Eric Decker this offseason, but still have a strong need at wide receiver.

But Michael Vick's presence is what should appeal to Jackson in this case.

Vick, who recently signed a one-year deal with the Jets, will be competing with Geno Smith for the starting job at quarterback this summer.

We all know Vick has a cannon of an arm and Jackson is one of the most dangerous deep threats in the NFL, so New York could entertain the thought of reuniting the tandem.

However, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Jets are not one of nine teams that have inquired on Jackson.

Oakland or San Francisco?
The Raiders could use a game-changing receiver to help jump-start the new Matt Schaub-led offense.

Jackson, who posted career highs of 82 receptions, 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns last season, played collegiately at nearby Cal, so he'd be comfortable in the area.

Could it work? Gregg Rosenthal of says Oakland is the team most likely to give the type of contract Jackson will desire.

Rosenthal also has San Francisco in his list of potential landing spots for Jackson.

The 49ers could use some extra speed at the wide receiver position. Their salary cap situation is a concern, however. 

Panthers not interested
Carolina no longer has the services of Steve Smith and has a glaring need at wide receiver.

Head coach Ron Rivera told USA Today Friday he's intrigued by the possibility of pursuing Jackson. 

"We'd be interested. He's an intriguing player and we'll take a look at him,'' Rivera said. "I just got word and this is surprising to hear. He's an explosive player who has great vertical speed and is strong going to the ball."

But a source has told ProFootballTalk that the Panthers are not interested.

Bears not in the sweepstakes
One team not interested in Jackson is the Chicago Bears.

According to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, citing a league source, the Bears currently have no interest in pursuing Jackson. 

The Bears have $7.5 million in salary cap space, so Jackson is likely too expensive for them to target.