New York Jets owner Woody Johnson confirmed Sunday that his team is interested in Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson has been widely reported to be available for trade to NFL teams and is even rumored to be a potential cut for the Eagles.
While in Orlando for the NFL Annual Meeting, Johnson told reporters that the Jets are “looking at a number of players, including DeSean.”
“[Jackson is] a very good player, but we’re looking at a number of them,” he said. “A trade is not our primary operating motif right now. We’re trying to build through the draft. Building through the draft is something that I think is the way to build a successful team long term.”
Unlike last year, when the Jets owner asked fans to give their new GM time, Johnson won’t have the same request in 2014.
“I’m not going to use the word ‘patient’ anymore,” Johnson stated. “We want to do it now. Our job is to perform for our audience and that’s what we want to do.”
When asked, Johnson did concede that bringing on a player like Jackson would come under the current “win now” mindframe. Johnson added “we’re always interested in talent.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThis is good to hear that Johnson is expecting his front office and coaching staff to field a winning team in 2014. While we didn’t expect them to say much else, signing players like Eric Decker and Mike Vick underscore that idea. Looking at a talented receiver like DeSean Jackson would be another, though such a move might come with problems all their own.
For more on DeSean Jackson, read a tl;dr post I made earlier today here.