Over the weekend, the rumor mill heated up quickly for the New York Jets. After signing quarterback Michael Vick, they have now been connected to Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson. If Jackson does trade Philly green for New York green, that would be a dream come true for Jets fans.
On paper, this makes plenty of sense for the Jets. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg worked with both Vick and Jackson in Philadelphia, so there’s a relationship there. The Jets also signed receiver Eric Decker this offseason. While at the time I called it career suicide, I would be willing to rethink my statement if the Jets do indeed nab Jackson.
Rather than relying on the Decker to do all the work at the receiver position, the Jets would then have a solid 1-2 combination at wide receiver. They would also have a healthy quarterback competition between two versatile quarterbacks in Geno Smith and Vick. While Vick is aging and in his final few seasons in the NFL, having a veteran quarterback like Vick to tutor the young Smith would payoff down the road.
While this would be a dream come true for New York, the financial situation that comes with this signing may keep it a dream and nothing else. The Jets would have to convince Jackson to restructure his deal that currently brings a $12.5 million cap hit. According to all reports, that is something that doesn’t seem very likely. Since Jackson wouldn’t be willing to restructure his contract to fit the needs of the Jets, that could be what stalls this marriage.
Still, it’s hard to ignore just how much better this would make the Jets. Their passing attack would be more than revamped with Decker and Jackson playing the edges and Smith or Vick throwing them the ball. Rather than being a one-dimensional ground-and-pound offense, they would be less predictable with an effective passing game. With Jackson, Decker and Smith all 27 years old and younger, this could become a feared aerial attack for years to come.
If it weren’t for the financial implications, this seems like a no-brainer for the Jets. Unfortunately, Jackson’s apparent unwillingness to restructure his contract in order to make this deal happen will keep this dream signing nothing but a dream for New York.