The New York Jets are very interested in the possibility of another member of the Philadelphia Eagles joining the ranks. After signing quarterback Michael Vick on Friday, the Jets have now turned their attention to wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who has been rumored to be on the trade block.
It’s clear that New York must find a way to land Jackson as it would be a huge upgrade for an offense that ranked 31st in passing yards last season. Pairing the dynamic playmaker with the versatile Vick would give the Jets an edge on offense that they haven’t seen in quite some time.
One of the main issues is that the Eagles would have to make Jackson available, whether it be through a trade or release him. Another problem the Jets could face has to do with owner Woody Johnson’s recent comments about the possible acquisition of Jackson. Johnson, who seems to open his mouth at the wrong time every now and then, talked about how the organization is looking at Jackson as a possible addition. Unfortunately, since Jackson is still under contract with Philadelphia, Johnson’s comments to the media could be considered tampering.
Regardless of what happens on that front, New York should have their eyes set on bolstering the wide receiver depth. After cutting Santonio Holmes to save $8.25 million, the only other significant receivers on the roster are Jeremy Kerley and Josh Cribbs. Kerley’s 523 receiving yards and three touchdowns are nothing to get excited about, while Cribbs is coming off a pectoral muscle injury.
Jackson is a proven weapon and has great chemistry with Vick. If the Jets could find a way to acquire Jackson, it would go a long ways to them clinching the AFC East.