Scratch one more city off DeSean Jackson’s list of new teams and another from the group of trade partners for the dynamic Eagles receiver.
ProFootballTalk reports, via a source, that the reigning Super Bowl champs in Seattle have “no interest at all” in Jackson. Meanwhile, NFL Network reported Monday morning that Oakland is “not inclined” to trade for Jackson because they don’t want to give up any draft picks.
The Seahawks were one of the teams linked to Jackson along with the Raiders, Panthers, Niners and Jets. The 49ers have publicly denied interest in Jackson. Jets owner Woody Johnson told reporters last night that his team is interested, but that New York is focusing on the draft — code for not giving up draft picks.
The list of Philadelphia’s trade partners for Jackson seems to be dwindling. No one seems willing to give up a third-round (or any) pick, while also paying Jackson $10.7 million for the 2014 season. With rumors flying over the last three weeks that the Eagles will cut Jackson even if they can’t trade him, Philadelphia’s front office resolve in this matter might be tested soon enough.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWhile we get that teams might decline interest in trading for Jackson, one can assume that all bets are off should Jackson get released. Seattle’s entire disinterest is probably genuine. The team committed $67 million to Percy Harvin a year ago and there are negotiations coming soon with QB Russell Wilson and their star defensive backs Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.
The Raiders and Jets have more cap space in 2014 with which to pay Jackson than the Niners or Panthers. Even if the Jets are interested, John Idzik hasn’t demonstrated a willingness to pay more than his competition, so even if Jackson makes it to free agency, don’t expect a reunion with Mornhinweg and Vick as a sure thing.
Should the Eagles release Jackson, expect the receiver to go wherever he gets the most money. While it could happen, don’t expect the Jets to be the team to pay Jackson the most.