The Rundown: Can the Jets keep up with DeSean Jackson?

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The DeSean Jackson Friday bombshell could be seen coming a mile away, but nevertheless the news of his cutting had teams scrambling on Friday.  Just days after the Eagles were unable to find a new team for Jackson at the NFL Annual meeting in Orlando, the Eagles dropped Jackson and now the race is on for one of the NFL’s best deep threats.

As of Friday, the Jets were among the potential suitors for the former Eagles receiver.

How serious are the Jets?  Manish Mehta of The Daily News reported that there are those who would welcome adding Jackson to the Jets, but that the thoughts at the decision-maker level are an unknown part of the equation.

The Daily News has learned that people in the Jets organization are still interested in Jackson in the wake of news that he has alleged ties to gang members in Southern California. However, it’s unclear whether owner Woody Johnson or general manager John Idzik still wants the talented, but troubled wide receiver.

Meanwhile on the next page, Gary Myers warns Jets fans away from Jackson with a pretty underwhelming argument that essentially removes any doubt I have about the Jets pursuit of Jackson.

[Aaron] Hernandez is changing the way teams do business, which is why the Jets need to immediately ditch any plans they have to sign DeSean Jackson, who was cut by the Eagles on Friday, with stories about an alleged association with gang members swirling around him.

In short? Apparently DeSean Jackson and Aaron Hernandez will be shanking each other for control of D-Block soon enough and therefore corporate sponsors might get the vapors to be associated with such as these.

Aaron Hernandez’s name is mentioned 12 times in the article and is the tentpole for why the Jets need to steer clear of DeSean Jackson, this despite Myers conceding that Hernandez is an “extreme example” …

(stares blankly)

Unhindered, Myers bravely carries on bravely, flying  straight into the face of reason.

After he was released, Jackson issued a statement defending himself and his character. And he denied any gang involvement. “I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang,” Jackson said. “I am not a gang member, and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible.”

Regardless, the Eagles abruptly cut Jackson on Friday, giving up any attempt to trade him …. [a]nd if the Eagles, who know Jackson better than any team interested in signing him, didn’t want him, why should the Jets?

Aside from taking a steamer on Jackson’s vehement statement with a well-placed ‘regardless’ in order to push his agenda, Myers then blows through yet another stop sign by not thinking through a major point of his article.

Who knows DeSean Jackson better than the Chip Kelly led Eagles?

Per Terez Paylor for the Kansas City Star:

According to the source, the Chiefs are among a number of teams pursuing Jackson.

Oh right, that Andy Reid fellow.  Wasn’t he that guy who ran the Eagles and coached Jackson for five years prior?

“I have nothing but good things to say about the kid,” [Coach Andy] Reid said of the a veteran standout receiver. “I did draft him. I had a great relationship with him.”

Myers asks the question in his article, “why inherit somebody else’s problem?”  But unfortunately for him he has the wrong object and subject for his sentence.  It was Chip Kelly who was the one who inherited, as Myers puts it, someone else’s “problem” and now unable to squeeze a draft pick out of anyone because of their ham-handed tactics, they did the only thing that was left to them.

Rather than conjure up boogeymen, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer took a much more logical approach to why the Eagles cut DeSean Jackson and indirectly why it won’t be a problem as Jackson finds a new team.

DeSean Jackson didn’t change; the Eagles did when Chip Kelly became head coach.

[…]

The reasons the Eagles cut ties with Jackson after six seasons were many, but the overriding motive was a simple one: Kelly didn’t want him on the team anymore.

And then this zinger about the Eliot Shorr-Parks and AJ Perez NJ.com article in which a thrown out weed charge was conflated into Jackson being a gangster.

The NJ.com report provided the team with the perfect opportunity to soften criticism for cutting a superstar in the prime of his career while getting nothing in return.

So rather than release Jackson on Wednesday, when they initially were contacted by NJ.com, they waited two days and cut him less than an hour after the story was posted. It’s fair to wonder how much earlier the Eagles knew of the story and whether they were the impetus for its writing.

Slam.

Let’s be clear about who runs the show in Philly.  Howie Roseman is the nominal GM of the Eagles and has been since Reid’s era but he has never been in charge.  Roseman is little more than a yes-man for Chip Kelly.

Chip Kelly, not general manager Howie Roseman, has the final say on the Eagles’ 53-man roster.

[…]

“We’re on the same page in everything,” Kelly said. “There has not been a decision that’s been made personnel-wise where I’ve felt one way and he’s felt the other way.”

Just like Roseman was for years with Andy Reid.

Roseman … explains that head coach Andy Reid has the final say in drafted players, but it is a team effort and usually everyone agrees on the selection.

Fascinating how Roseman seems to be in such perfect harmony when it comes to personnel decisions with two different coaches.

Anyway, so five years experience or one year with a new coach establishing himself as the alpha with a very different culture than his predecessor?

Back to Reid, who went through some hard times with Jackson.

Reid acknowledged Tuesday that Jackson, who lost his father in 2009 to pancreatic cancer, has been through a lot.

“When his father passed away, that was a hard thing for him to go through at a young age,” Reid said. “They were best friends.”

A hard thing like maybe getting caught at LAX for tinted windows (which Cam from Modern Family has also been nabbed for), weed (in the NFL?! Land sakes!!) and a disorderly conduct just months after his dad died to one of the most aggressive forms of cancer?

So back to the Jets.

While the Jets were among the early entrants, how serious will their play for Jackson be?  No one seems to have the full list of teams making inquiries on Jackson, but multiple reports have said that at least six teams have expressed interest.  According to PFT, one team in particular (cough Niners cough) thinks that Jackson could be the singular player that puts their squad over the top.

It’s also not known whether Jackson will get a short-term deal that puts him on the market next March, or whether he’ll sign a multi-year deal.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s very possible that one team that views Jackson as the last piece of the puzzle will make a significant offer that covers more than one season — and that possibly pays Jackson (between bonus and salary) as much or more than he was due to earn in Philly for 2014.

Getting more than he was already making seems dubious.  Darrelle Revis is regarded as one of the very best players in the game and he just took a $4 million haircut once he was cut by the Bucs.  DeSean Jackson was earning about $10m per year and wanted a little more.  The simple fact the Eagles were unable to trade him suggests interested teams were hoping to pay less than what he was already making and it has less to do with giving up a mid-round draft pick.  It is feasible that Jackson could earn just slightly less on an annual basis than he was making in Philly.  On the low end, it seems unlikely that his contract will dip below what Jets WR Eric Decker just received at five years for $36 million, but it will be the guaranteed money that likely sways Jackson.  If Jackson and Rosenhaus his agent can get a mid-term deal, expect Jackson to want $15 million in guarantees on a three year $24 million deal.

If the Niners do come calling and they have their pencil sharpened, they might be a tough team to beat.  Right now the Niners only have $4.7 million in cap space and have been rumored to be working on a new contract for QB Colin Kaepernick which might eclipse $20 million annually.  So from where does D-Jax’s money come if he becomes a Niner?  There’s no quick salary hacks for San Francisco.

Kristian Dyer writes for Metro that while the Jets might be interested, Jackson ending up in New York seems highly unlikely.

… one team source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Metro New York that Jackson “is a long shot to land here.”

While the three-time Pro Bowler would add an instant playmaker to their wide receiver corps, Jackson may not be seen as a good fit with the team.

“He isn’t a ‘John Idzik guy’ – not what fits here right now” the source said, referring to the Jets’ general manager who has been restrained this offseason.

[…]

“The team has shown great discipline this offseason, despite having plenty of cap space,” the source said. “This is done with some big contracts due down the road — players such as [Muhammad] Wilkerson and Jeremy Kerley, among others. If he is signed, then DeSean can cut into that flexibility. But more than that, he isn’t a good fit with what the Jets are trying to do right now. It isn’t to say that there are red flags about his character, but the team is proceeding cautiously and has done due diligence. There are no indications that, right now, the Jets will be a major player for his services. If there is interest, it would be an incentive-laden deal.”

I like Jeremy Kerley as much as the next guy, but if the Jets are clearing the salary cap deck to make way for Kerley’s next contract, then we all better back away from this team without any sudden moves.

As far as Jackson not being a John Idzik guy?  That I can understand but I think watching this play out will help us all to determine just what a John Idzik guy is or isn’t.

If the Jets were to offer up an incentive-laden contract over one with actual guarantees?  Then the Jets might as well not even make a contract offer to Jackson.  Before they get in the bidding, they have to know what it’s going to take, so inserting themselves in some vain effort to get him for a one-year $5 million contract with the same in incentives is not about to happen.

There’s no denying that DeSean Jackson is a talented player, but it is the off the field concerns that allow for some warranted concern.  Even so, the likelihood that DeSean Jackson will be donning a prison orange jersey as part of his next team assignment seems ludicrous.  With $28 million in cap room and the ability to get out from the player in two years after $15 million guaranteed?  That seems like an educated investment in one of the league’s best and most productive deep threats, even if he is reenacting The Longest Yard as Gary Myers fears come 2015.




475 comments
Floyd Toucanet
Floyd Toucanet

This whole "locker room" thing is ridiculous. These are grown men getting paid a lot of money to do a job. If someone where I work is "involved with gang members" I could care less what he/she does after work. I don't have to get along or like everyone I work with. I just have to get my job done. What someone does in their spare time does not affect my performance.


Stop with this already. Oh my lord, the locker room! What a stupid theory made up by the media to make something out of nothing. These guys take their unoforms off, take a shower, and go home. That's the locker room.

Joe Barone
Joe Barone

This is getting annoying now! This guy is a talent! I don't care about his past. The guy is a talent. He scores touchdowns. 

will898
will898

Idzik probably had enough cap room to sign DJax, Allen (Ware probably wasn't coming here), and Revis/Byrd/Verner (pick one). Would you guys be happier now? With very little cap space left.

nesboogie
nesboogie

Jeremy Reeves is a freak athlete. 11'6 Broad Jump, 4.29 40yd dash and a 43" Vert

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

BB, its been sweet watching you go from, just another blogger, to one of the top dogs in the business. You stay fair and balanced and even when you make your own opinion, you leave it at that.

williamg1
williamg1

Bills LB Brandon Spikes on Ray Rice, "I don’t see how anyone can respect him. Someone should choke him out."

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

im seeing alot of tweets saying the jets have showed no interest in d-jax as of yet 

Bent
Bent moderator

What a great article by Bassett.  Best in the business IMO.

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

I have to ask. If djax and his background is a red flag to the point we aren't interested because of it, why did we sign mike Vick? How about why is Goodson still on the roster? Let's go a little deeper, if idzik won't "overpay" for players, what's to say he will resign Wilkerson and the likes of them? What if they want 1 dollar more then idzik wants to spend? The point is idziks moves make little to no sense and the excuses for doing so are no better. Close to 30 mil in cap space, 8-8 roster, yes let's stand pat and then draft 12 players cause that's a guarentee that they stick right? Atleast he didn't overpay for fa's though right? I mean paying revis 16 mil is overpaying and those patriots will suck for yrs now because of it. Every excuse made for idzik we can take with a grain of salt, build through the draft. That is smart and I am supporting that. I just don't understand idzik. It's getting frustrating. Hope idzik nails the draft, otherwise we are in deep doo doo!

Pat d
Pat d

Floyd you couldn't be more wrong.

MPTG_Frank
MPTG_Frank

It's not his past as much as his present. He's bad news to a delicate lockerroom. Jets locker room will never be confused with the 75 steelers. Some things are tough to over come. Just look at the Dolphins.

a57se
a57se

@will898  

If you remember, before free agency began, people were talking about all the FA's we would sign and how we were gonna improve the team by leaps and Bounds.....

We were getting an elite CB, A really good RG, the top WR and TE, as well as the best safety......

If anyone said, hey let's pump the brakes guys....OH MY, He was shouted down as being negative!

Funny how people are......

a57se
a57se

@nesboogie  

That is really impressive....hopefully he can play foootball

__fense
__fense

@DrJonathanReefer  And, more importantly, You clearly label your opinion as such, instead of acting like it's fact. I guess the rest of the media got sick that day in journalism 101.

Zartan
Zartan

@j3tsfan29  Then what is your plan? Why don't you put your plan to paper and do some math and tell me how what ever plan you have, works out.


The idea is not to spend to the cap and have it there at all times. You build through the draft, and if you're close to winning it all and need a piece, then you spend. Then sorta blow it up(like Seattle) after you do win.


If what i see from Idzik is what i think, this will not ever be the SOJ under him.


The system (quick fix) that you all are asking for, fell apart at the door step twice. I think we get a invite to the big dance in 3 years, who could possibly stop us then?  

__fense
__fense

@j3tsfan29  Well, I don't thin DJax's background is a red flag and it shouldn't be to anyone, given out flimsy and conveniently timed the article was, but it's also very different from others you were saying. Vick did some terrible things, but he also did time in jail for them, and it isn't likely that he'll do them aga. He's shown that he's not going to cause trouble for the team. Goodson is the opposite. By all accounts, the only thing Goodson did wrong was smoke some (but not a felonious amount of) weed, and it isn't fair (and wouldn't be fair to DJax, who was never arrested for anything, even if the police were pretty sure he was innocent) to persecute people for crimes that they haven't been proven guilty of. If the Guns were his, or the car was is, or even if he was driving, then there would be something to it, but none of those things were true. 


So going 'deeper', If Wilkerson would rather get paid more than he's worth, and he thinks he'll get more than he's worth 2 years after he'll be approached about this, then he's free to make that decision, but that's a risk for Wilkerson, too If he gets hurt and his play suffers for it, it will hurt his deal. Also, if he plays out his deal, he'd be playing for the Jets for very little money for longer, so he'd need to make a substantial amount of money more than Idzik is willing to offer him for that to be worth it. Neither side is going to be willing to walk away over a dollar. There's intrinsic advantages to staying with the team you're currently on (especially when that team is in NYC) that makes it easier to get good value from re-signing guys rather than getting them from FA, where there's other bidders involved.


I wouldn't say that the roster is an 8-8 roster. They are certainly improved already by getting the top FA WR and the top FA QB, along with a upgrade/lateral move for cheaper at RT and guys who didn't really play all last year because they were injured now being healthy. Plus, the offseason isn't over, and we have room to grow.


I don't get why this doesn't make sense to people. It's what Idzik said he was going to do in his introductory press conference, and everyone loved it then.

Brendan
Brendan

@j3tsfan29  You're assuming it's his background and not contract demands that are the reason Idzik hasn't called. 

a57se
a57se

@j3tsfan29  

When you control the roster, all your draft picks stick...just look at last season!

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

@a57se


Sorry that most of us realized that our WISH list, was just that, A WISH LIST. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Brendan @will898  


Not really true,,,,,,,The Cowboys bought a few championships when they signed Deion Sanders and Charles Haley 

Bent
Bent moderator

That's the difference between a great blogger and a journalist who tries his hand at blogging.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

@jake100 @j3tsfan29


we were competitive last year.


Plus he has improved the team, big time already.


williamg1
williamg1

@a57se @j3tsfan29  I think he means that we better get some immediate productive starters out of the draft. 

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

@jake100  If DRC did not work out a year from now, and he were on the Jets, everyone would be lambasting Idzik.  There is no way to please everyone.  

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

@jake100


Yes, they know a hell of a lot more then you will ever know. Do they make mistakes? Yes like everyone does. But you are some forgettable middle aged man, who thinks he knows more about football then the GM of his team.

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100  That was the previous front office, Joseph. What relevance does it hold today? 

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

@jake100 @a57se


lol watching both of you talk about truth is funny.


Neither of you have any idea what it is like to play football. Or what it takes to build a football team, but yet you're telling the truth over somebody who has been around the game his whole life, and is actually employed by an NFL team to be a GM.

a57se
a57se

@jake100

Keep preaching Joey, no matter how much certain posters bash you!

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 Oh, shut up Joseph. You were here bashing Tanny on a daily basis and he spent all the money he could. Just stop. 

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

@jake100 @levi


lmao, you know he was making fun of you right joey?

levi
levi

@jake100  Have you ever told him the story about the pieces?

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

@jake100 @DrJonathanReefer


HE SUCKED WITH A SUPPORTING CAST!! Since you know nothing about another team in the NFL, lets use some Jets history here.


2006, we had by far the worst team the jets had in my life time. Pennington still lead the team to the playoffs.


Kevin Barlow and Cedric Houston was the RBS.  Chris Baker was the #1 TE, Coles was the #1 WR. We had 2 rookies on the Oline.


Pennington sure had the PEICES!!


Tunnel vision my azz, I look at the NFL as it is, not as what I THINK IT SHOULD BE.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

@jake100 @DrJonathanReefer@boomer


Me? Tunnel vision?...coming from you? hahahahahahahaha

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se And here, 57 fights the strawman that states Geno is a great QB already. 

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

@boomer @jake100


Joey, like 57, only cares about their own opinions. No single fact will ever change their mind.


Joey, still thinks it was the "pieces" that had Sanchez fail.

and 57 still thinks the Ivory trade was bad, because he would have gave them a 5th rounder.

boomer
boomer

@jake100 @boomer  It depends on what you mean by flying start.  Everyone who knows Idzik, guys like Tony Dungy who I think knows a bit about building a winning franchise, said that this is exactly what he would do.  Fill in with a FA or two but the vast majority would come through the draft.


Build a team with your players, mold them and keep them.  That is Idzik's plan and it isn't exactly a secret.


You might not like it but saying that there isn't a plan is just flat wrong.  

a57se
a57se

@jake100

I picked us to go 8-8 last year AND picked the wins over ATlanta and NO.....LOOK OUT! 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se No I'm not. Holy sht do you understand humor and hyperbole?

a57se
a57se

@jake100 @a57se 

I don't know, Joey, Brendan is a confessed serial furniture destroyer when things don't go the way he likes....... :)

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Yeah, we are aware you sit in the Chat and just read what people are talking about without actually talking yourself. It's quite creepy. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 So for the second year in a row you didn't predict the number of Jet wins. Congrats. 

boomer
boomer

@jake100  Probably the single biggest reason for the up and down season (when every "expert" said the team would be horrible) was the play at QB.  That has been addressed by picking up the best available QB.


And I don't expect the QB position, be it Geno or Vick, to have any where near the number of turnovers it had last season.  That alone will make this team a hell of a lot more competitive.


We are already better at WR with the addition of Decker and more is coming even if its not Jackson. No reason in the world this team can't be in contention this season.  Not to shabby for a team that was supposed to finish at the bottom of the pile last season.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

@a57se @jake100


its not group think, each of us have very different opinions on different things. We just don't use baseless speculation to fuel our opinions. That is the only difference


Also, you've admitted you will take the other side of  a popular opinion, just because "everyone shouldn't get along" that's about the most idiotic reason to have any opinion.


Which is why your opinion will always mean nothing to me, and many others.

a57se
a57se

@jake100 @a57se 

When peoples delusional constructs are challenged, they often become violent so be careful Joey!

a57se
a57se

@jake100

That is not going to win you any friends......tsk, tsk.

a57se
a57se

@jake100

You need to become part of the group think team!

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 And 8-8 team that beat the Saints and Pats is competitive. The way you see is is irrelevant, the Jets' biggest issue is consistency from their young players. 

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

@jake100 @DrJonathanReefer@j3tsfan29


well glad to see you still judge the team based on what you want, not on how the rest of the NFL is.


and the 7-9 seahawks went to the playoffs and knocked off the saints. I guess they weren't competitive that year either.

__fense
__fense

@DrJonathanReefer @Brendan @j3tsfan29  I think there's a competitive advantage he gets from telling Schefter that he didn't do anything. If we're in the running, then teams will start bidding a bunch of guaranteed money , because they know we can beat them with upfront payments. But they don't want to spend guaranteed money either, so if they think that it's just people who are also tight on cap space, they would only bid in upfront money. Then when all the bids are in, we swoop in a throw down $1 more and get him for a decent deal.


I'm not claiming that it's likely, but if that were to happen, it would make logical sense. I'm operating on the assumption that Marty and Lee gave him the thumbs down.

a57se
a57se

@DrJonathanReefer

Yeah, I bet Idzik did call and made an offer...after jacksons agents picked themselves up off the floor from laughing so hard, they said no thanks and hung up.