The Eagles have informed DeSean Jackson of his release today, ending month-long speculation as to his future status with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe Eagles patch up job in the last few days was too thinly done. Jackson made nice on social media this week, but it might have been a function of his understanding that he would not be seeing a $10 million pay day from any other NFL team this season. Jackson was unwilling to take a pay cut as part of a trade and no team saw fit to pay him what his contract outlined for the 2014 season. The Eagles save $6.5 million in releasing Jackson, but will also eat another $6.25 million in dead money. It is unclear at present if Jackson will be designated as a post June 1 cut (which carries clearance in 2014 with cap ramifications for 2015) but that is neither here nor there at this point.
PFT just reported that the Niners, Seahawks and Jets were all “definitely” interested in Jackson prior to his release. The Jets were rumored to be one of the more interested teams when Jackson was placed on the market a few weeks ago. Earlier this week, Jets owner Woody Johnson said that the Jets were interested in Jackson, but as he hinted, not by costing them any picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. Now that the NFL Annual meeting has come and gone, the Eagles were unable to move Jackson and have made good on their threat that Jackson will not be part of their team for 2014.
Expect Jackson to take the biggest deal he can find. While the Jets might enter the fray their spending so far in free agency doesn’t lead me to believe that theirs will be the most lucrative offer put in front of DeSean Jackson. If the talented receiver comes to New York it will be for other reasons beyond just the money.
With a talented and deep draft class at the receiver position, the Jets might feel confident enough to avoid overpaying a player like Jackson, who already has plenty of baggage, but yet might fit in with Rex Ryan’s team. Ryan made it work with Braylon Edwards, could he do it again with DeSean? Regardless, adding a player like D-Jax would give the Jets the piece of offensive weaponry for which they are searching. It would also allow the front office more flexibility to make decisions on how to best to boost their roster for 2014 and beyond in the first three rounds of May’s NFL Draft with one more starting position locked up.
We wrote at length about Jackson and the Jets earlier, read that post here.