In a somewhat surprising move, the Philadelphia Eagles have abruptly parted ways with wide receiver DeSean Jackson after failing to find a trade partner for the explosive playmaker. Now a free agent, Jackson could be a perfect fit for the weapon-needy Oakland Raiders.
Despite signing James Jones this offseason, the Raiders are still missing a true No. 1 receiver who can be a go-to target for recently-acquired quarterback Matt Schaub. While Jackson isn’t the most consistent of options, his ability to create sparks and take the lid off of defenses might be too much for GM Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders to ignore. Plus, he’s certainly an upgrade over Denarius Moore and Rod Streater.
The Raiders were already tied to trade talks with the Eagles, but likely knew that Jackson was about to be released and chose to play the waiting game.
The biggest concern regarding a potential deal with Jackson is the recent news that he is tied to Los Angeles area gangs. It’s assumed this information played a big part in his release by the Eagles, and will likely affect his stock on the open market. Especially in an area like Oakland, his off-field affiliations will need to be heavily considered before the Raiders can table an offer. Expect McKenzie and Co. to do their due diligence before getting too involved.
All issues aside, though, Jackson would be a terrific addition for the Raiders. He’s coming off a career year, and would give them a legitimate No. 1 receiver for Schaub to take advantage of. Jackson also offers value as a return man and gadget player who demands the ball in his hands.
We’ll see how this story develops over the next day or so, but expect the Raiders to be players for his services when all is said and done. That is, if something dark doesn’t surface first.