The football world blew up on Friday when the Philadelphia Eagles severed ties with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, kicking the explosive playmaker to the curb following reports of his alleged gang ties.
While it’s certainly going to be a touchy situation for teams interested in Jackson, you have to believe the Seattle Seahawks could be serious players in the race to sign the former Eagles receiver.
Not only are the Seahawks short at wide receiver, but they were one of the reported teams who were contacting the Eagles about trading for Jackson before his release. With enough salary cap space (about $12 million) to get a deal done and a need at the position, head coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks might just go all in.
If signed with the Seahawks, Jackson would immediately take over as Seattle’s top receiver. While they have Percy Harvin, he’s an injury waiting to happen and can’t be reliable upon. Doug Baldwin showed some promise during their run to the Super Bowl, but is best suited as a No. 3 receiver. After that, the amount of talent is questionable at best. Jackson would bring legitimate No. 1 receiver ability to the Seahawks.
The only issue standing in the way of a deal is Jackson’s alleged ties to a Los Angeles area gang, which are believed to have played a role in the Eagles’ decision to release him. The Cal product has vehemently denied such ties, but concerns will obviously linger. Before they get seriously involved in talks, expect the Seahawks to do their due diligence.
Having Jackson in their offense would certainly make things easier for Russell Wilson moving forward, but off-field concerns must be alleviated first. Assuming there’s little to the gang ties story, expect the Seahawks to be big players in signing Jackson.
Don’t be surprised to see a deal get done soon.