This offseason, the Oakland Raiders are desperate to upgrade their roster across the board. So desperate, in fact, that they’ve even been mulling over the possibility of trading for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Raiders are one of the teams that have shown serious interest in acquiring the veteran wide receiver.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2014
So far this offseason, the Raiders haven’t been afraid to make significant roster moves. They’ve signed several big-name players during free agency, including LaMarr Woodley, Justin Tuck and James Jones. Reggie McKenzie and Co. even brought back Charles Woodson for another go-around in Oakland and recently traded for veteran quarterback Matt Schaub. While they haven’t been as active as fans might have liked, the Raiders are clearly set on improving their roster in 2014.
A trade for Jackson, however, would be on another level. It would show fans the team is serious about competing this upcoming season.
Jackson is a dynamic wide receiver who uses speed, quickness and elusiveness to pick up big yards in the passing game. Whether he’s torching a cornerback deep or turning a screen pass into six points, the former first-round pick is always a threat with the ball in his hands. He’d easily be an upgrade over Denarius Moore and Rod Streater.
On top of that, Jackson also provides a spark in the return game. See the Eagles’ December 2010 win against the New York Giants if you need an example.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, trading for Jackson is likely to cost them a pretty penny. Despite reports that the Eagles are desperate to get rid of Jackson, they’d realistically be looking for at least a third-round pick. The Raiders have one available, but are already thin on picks after trading for Schaub. Getting rid of yet another draft pick, especially after signing so many older players during free agency, might not be the smart move for McKenzie.
It’s not unreasonable for a deal to get done, but the Raiders would have to be willing to roll the dice and hope Jackson becomes their offensive star. Otherwise, parting with an early-round draft pick might not be the best decision for the future of the franchise.