The Rundown: What would the true cost be for the Jets to add DeSean Jackson?

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

After a stunning statistical year, the Eagles were headed for trouble when just a day after the 2013 season DeSean Jackson said he wanted his contract reworked.  This fact must not have sat well with the front office and coaching staff, who then went out and re-signed Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin before the start of free agency while simultaneously letting a report surface about Jackson not fitting in to first year coach Chip Kelly’s culture, per Philly.com’s Jimmy Kempski.

There’s an opinion among some in the Eagles organization that Jackson’s personality is not a great fit with the locker room culture that Chip Kelly is trying to cultivate, and the Eagles could be open to trading him.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

That of course came three weeks ago, well before all the heat of the last week.  Now, with free agency winding down teams have come knocking about DeSean Jackson, but the process has accelerated recently with the Eagles active shopping of D-Jax.  This has only intensified the expectation of his never playing a down with the Eagles again.

In the past week, there has been many teams mentioned in connection to DeSean Jackson.  The Seahawks and Niners are supposedly interested, the Panthers and Raiders have made inquiries.  Kansas City is likely out of the running.  From a cap perspective, the Niners would be in rough shape, as would the Patriots.

So what about the Jets?  

The Jets need another receiver, have been looking for a DeSean Jackson style receiver since last year to fit their offense and have other needs to fill in on the team.  The Jets front office has been burning up the Pro Day circuit in recent weeks and so using a second or even third day draft pick for a starter on offense today would free up the Jets to be more effective in using their early draft picks to pick up defensive players in the draft tomorrow, like say Darqueze Dennard or Justin Gilbert.  

While just days ago I was opposed to the idea of drafting another cornerback or defender early, using a later pick to fill in the receiver spot obviates the need to draft a top receiver.  Not a bad play for the Jets while still giving GM John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan some freedom to pick up a middle round receiver (who in a deep draft might be undervalued compared to other years) as a semi-polished project player to work on for a year or two.

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

So back to the Jets and Jackson.

The Jets have been rumored to be an interested party in Jackson, but not at the current cost according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.

According to a source, the team has had internal discussions about adding Jackson, knowing he had fallen out of favor with coach Chip Kelly and the Eagles could be motivated to trade him. The source said the Jets definitely would be interested in Jackson, but not under his current contract. The NFL Network reported the Jets are among the teams that have inquired about him.

This is the John Idzik way.  They are interested, but not on the terms the Eagles and Jackson are currently setting.  Last year the Jets were interested in Ed Reed, but not until he was cut.  The same rule seems to apply again.  This notion was backed up by Rich Cimini of ESPN NY today in his Sunday Notes column.

The sense I get from talking to league sources is the Jets have a measured interest in Jackson, which will intensify if he’s released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

His current cost is a big issue.  Sources have indicated all across the intarwebs that Jackson is not interested in restructuring his contract, one which includes a $10.5 million base salary in 2014 and that has seemed to slow the market for DeSean Jackson.  Now with the league meetings in Orlando this week, maybe the process can push further in coming days.  Just remember that the league meetings at this time last year were supposed to help push the Revis trade … a trade which dragged into April.

Leaving Jackson’s current contract aside, what would it cost to acquire the receiver?  Earlier in the week, CSN Philly’s reporter Derek Gunn shared what he had heard the Eagles were requesting for Jackson.

… according to the source, the Eagles are seeking at least a third-round pick and potentially more for Jackson,

Unfortunately for the Jets, Jackson is reported to be unwilling to take a pay cut.

In another article, Jimmy Kempski wrote this week for Philly.com that that Jackson might not even get that, writing that netting a third rounder for D-Jax might be “optimistic” before laying out all the reasons why he thinks that is the case and even hints at a much bleaker outcome for the Eagles and Jackson.

One of the most cogent points is that interested teams might be hesitant to give up anything more than a fourth rounder this year because of this draft class in particular.  Steelers exec Kevin Colbert has called this the deepest draft in 30 years, and Jackson is already 27, making a boatload of money and his biggest asset is his speed, not his physicality.  So once the speed goes … what then?

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota VikingsAnother point is that Jackson’s NFL shelf life will be shorter than other stars because of the way he plays. Jackson’s value is based first and foremost from his elite speed straight-line speed.  Jackson has never been a player known for his quickness on the inside nor his physicalality. Jackson isn’t able to really take or bounce off a hit, but it doesn’t really matter while defenders can’t catch up to him behind a defense.

Kempski comes to this final analysis, “the conclusion seems pretty simple from the Eagles’ perspective if they can only get a [three], or worse… Don’t trade him … unless of course the Eagles already decided a month ago to move on from Jackson no matter what, and there’s growing evidence that that is the case.”

And there is that very evidence.

There might be another way for teams to get a crack at Jackson writes Manish Mehta for the New York Daily News

What if he was cut?

“Philly is trading him or cutting him,” a source told the Daily News Saturday. “That’s a fact. They don’t want him.”

Although the source said that Jackson isn’t interested in restructuring a contract that includes a $10.5 million base salary (and $12.75 million salary cap charge) in 2014, he may have no choice but to take a pay cut. It’s hard to imagine a team would absorb that cap hit.

It seems like some team **cough cough RAIDERS cough** would be stupid enough to give up draft picks and allow him to retain his current salary.  Hell, they just did it with Matt Schaub, and he’s terrible.  Why not for a talented speed merchant playmaker like DeSean Jackson?

Cutting Jackson is seemingly a growing theme among reports, starting back at Kempski’s March 1st hints and only increasing in current days.  Aside from the locker room fit concerns, there’s deeper issues between the Eagles and Jackson, it would seem.

So would the Jets just be trading one Santonio Holmes for another?  While Jackson would be a good scheme fit for the Jets, is this the sort of player that GM John Idzik is willing to bring in?  

There are some concerns about his maturity, which Nick Fierro outlined for The Morning Call.

We know, or at least we think we know, that he has money problems that were never solved even after signing a five-year, $47 million contract two years ago that has already paid him nearly $18 million (including a prorated $10 million signing bonus) and will pay him another $10.25 million this year if he’s still on the roster on opening day.

We think we know this because he’s already asked for more, and because former agent Drew Rosenhaus is suing him for money he alleges Jackson owes him.

We also know that there was a recent burglary of Jackson’s Philadelphia home in which more than $300,000 in cash and jewelry were taken with no signs of forced entry.

And we know that various people close to Jackson and/or the Eagles’ front office believe that there’s at least a chance he’s gone long before training camp.

“There is no way he’s an Eagle this year,” yet another person close to Jackson told The Morning Call. “However it leaked out, it leaked out, and now this is what you have.”

Assuming that DeSean Jackson is cut, the fact that teams are asking him to take a pay cut and his unwillingness to do so indicates that his eventual market won’t support his current contract.  Even with all the money that’s available to teams this year in free agency, Jackson might make more than this year’s top free agent receiver Eric Decker, but it might not be significantly more.

Either way, Jackson seems to be sending out some hints to teams he’d like to join.  Jackson’s Instagram account in the past few days has featured pictures of him with Cam Newton of the Panthers, with Marcel Reece of the Raiders, an old recruiting picture with Pete Carroll and of course new Jets quarterback Mike Vick.

While the Seahawks might seem a stretch due to their having Percy Harvin already the rest of those teams could emerge as real suitors.  Was this Instragramming some wistful nostalgia from DeSean Jackson or thinly veiled social media flirting?

We might soon find out.




350 comments
levi
levi

Can Bent or someone else who knows explain to me what flagging a post does?

bob
bob

I like that about Woody...He every year, wants to get it done...and that my friend's  is a very good owner.

MeAtBaLLPaRmX
MeAtBaLLPaRmX

You think Woody is going to force Idzik's hand on this? I really can't see them doing anything unless he is cut. Even if DeSean is cut, they will lose the bidding war. Oakland seems to be clueless and will sign him for like 13 million a year. He is definitely going where the most money is. Plus, it's near Cal, where he went to school.

Tyrone Garcia
Tyrone Garcia

Espn reporting woody Johnson interested in Jackson if he he does than I guess we will get him

twin
twin

where's sanchize going??? Any guesses????

twin
twin

who is DAT that our bloggers are talking about picking up or drafting?

kniff
kniff

I wonder what the tried and true Jets PLAYERS would think of this potential signing of DSJ...


Could F up the lockeroom.... tread lightly Mr. Idzik!!

elmoron
elmoron

@levi evi says: 7 hours ago

"Can Bent or someone else who knows explain to me what flagging a post does?"

The post couldn't care less.  It's made of Woody.  

bob
bob

@levi


I think the flag means you gonna mail a letter to somebody out there.

McGeorge
McGeorge

@levi  You flag "bad" posts where the poster said something bad like

"Tony Sparano was a good defensive coordinator"


__fense
__fense

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX  I don't think Woody will. If anything, Woody is just acting excited because Idzik just told him that they are interested. He really doesn't interfere with the team. 

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@twin  Maybe he'll end up in NE, giving away valuable information to BB and TB, 

Hoz
Hoz

@twin  i think sanchez will end up on the giants as a back up (just kidding)

__fense
__fense

@twin  Apparently there's a rumor that the Ravens want him as a backup, but I'm not sure I see it.

kniff
kniff

@twin  maybe Philly as a back up for Foles...no I'm not kidding.

levi
levi

@kniff  Wilkerson would eat his liver with a side of fava beans and chianti.

levi
levi

@elmoron  I certainly wouldnt flag your post because of an opinion I dont agree with. This wasnt about you.

elmoron
elmoron

@levi 

Nevertheless, I'm sure Mommy and Daddy still believe they will eventually see a return on the funds they expended for your college education.  For their sake, put down the Madden. ;)
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Bent
Bent moderator

@jdb4 @Tyrone Garcia  Two caveats actually.  One was "at the right price" and two was "if he fits into the culture of our locker room".

bradysucks
bradysucks

Sanchez rumored to be sought after as a Personal Protector on the punt team by the Raiders. Apparently offensive mastermind Tony Sparano is "intrigued" by the possibilities......

kniff
kniff

@levi @kniff  I'm just saying if you ask a guy who's playing his heart out and making 2M to wait to get a payday, and then bring in a guy for 10 M, it has the potential (and has before) to create gripes...


Phiily is dropping a 1300 yd. receiver like a hot potato, the dude is very Revis like as far as the extortion angle goes, and look how that ended.

levi
levi

@elmoron  College? who says I went to college? I see your detailed list below. Very informative, thanks for the response.

elmoron
elmoron

@__fense

As much as I like Rex, bottom line, he's a company man.  He strikes me as someone who will follow the company line, regardless of his personal feelings...and I guess that's as it should be, if for no other reason than b/c he cashes their checks...Look, he's always dreamed of being a HC like his Dad, particularly of the Jets, and his obvious passion for the position and the franchise is what draws me to him.  I get it, I accept it, and I love him as their coach, regardless of the agita his pressers give me. 

elmoron
elmoron

@__fense @MeAtBaLLPaRmX 

Respectfully, I find there's every reason not to believe him.  T desperately wants to get back into the NFL...he's not going to permanently alienate any of the remaining 31 other people (that's 3 and a 1) in the entire world who might ever give him a possible 2nd chance by accurately calling out one of their own, regardless of the truth.. not that as a bean counter and 'cap guru' he should've ever had that 'chance' to begin with (as evidenced by his current 'NFL' employment status), but he did what he had to do then...just ask Mangini...and, given his past MO, it's beyond plausible to me that he's doing it again now.

Zartan
Zartan

@__fense @MeAtBaLLPaRmX  , that was Rex wanting to add that wrinkle to the offense. The Jets never wanted Tebow to be the man.

__fense
__fense

@Joe/Orlando @__fense  Guesses implies that I just picked one of two options off the top of my head, which isn't the case. There are many more examples of Woody not interfering with the team than there are examples going the other way. Yes, I'm not looking over Woody Johnson's shoulder, so I don't really know, but there's a lot of things that we accept as fact when we don't really know. It would be a lot harder to communicate if everyone was constantly putting disqualifies on every statement they make that doesn't solely involve things that they know to be true because they were primary witnesses to the event.


And for the sake of clarity, I miss-spoke (typed?) when I said "Really doesn't". What I meant was "Doesn't really". For some reason I have a habit of using the two interchangeably, but my use of the word really was meant to signify that I'm speaking in general, rather than making a definitive statement. I readily came up with two recent examples of when he interfered with the team on some level, but I was trying to imply that hiring and firing key front office positions wasn't what I meant.

Joe/Orlando
Joe/Orlando

@__fense @Joe/Orlando  I don't recall anyone saying Woody is Jerry Jones, so that's a strawman.


I was simply pointing out that when you said Woody "really doesn't interfere with the team" or "no he did't" in regards to Tebow, that those things are guesses on your part, not facts.

__fense
__fense

@Joe/Orlando @__fense  All I know is what every report has ever said. Yes, there's a possibility that they are all lies and he's really Jerry Jones, but why would anyone believe that when all the evidence points the other way? It's Occam's Razor.

Joe/Orlando
Joe/Orlando

@__fense If Tanny wants to work in the NFL again it probably would be in his best interest not to throw his previous boss under the bus.



In any case, you don't actually know if or how much Woody gets involved with personnel decisions.

__fense
__fense

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX  I mean, he certainly interfered when he fired Tanny and hired Idzik, and I'm sure he was part of the decision to give Rex an extension this year, but as an owner he is extremely hands off. He didn't even trust himself to find GM candidates and spent a bunch of money hiring a firm to find them for him. He spends tons of money on a state of the art training facility in Florham Park, and then when Rex said he wants to go off to a college for training camp and not using, Woody had no problems with letting it sit empty while he paid to use the facilities in Courtland. Yes, he has more say in the team than you or I do, but be interferes less than most other owners in the league, and Jets fans act like he's another Wilpon.

MeAtBaLLPaRmX
MeAtBaLLPaRmX

Maybe, but to say that Woody doesn't interfere with things is probably incorrect. He still has the ultimate authority.

__fense
__fense

@MeAtBaLLPaRmX  No he didn't. I don't know where that rumor came from, but it was a case of everyone repeating something until it sounded true. Tanny, after he already was fired from the Jets, took responsibility for the Tebow trade and said that it was originally his idea. He had no reason to cover for Woody Johnson (who had just fired him), so there's no reason to not believe him.

elmoron
elmoron

Disgruntled, you pretend to know a lot, when exactly was it?

elmoron
elmoron

@Disgruntled Jets Fan

Woody's boy Farve certainly tried to fit...into Scavo and O'Toole...and he 'likely' wasn't just offering lip service.  Wonder if that was before, during or after Chad led the Fins to the playoffs.  ;) 

bobbyj
bobbyj

That's just plain dumb, I'm sorry were fans, so we see it out way. If I were Revis, or any other player in the NFL, I would do the same stuff w/it comes to contracts. Only the up front guaranteed money is real. These players for the most part have short careers, they have to make money when they can. The contracts are useless & they can be cut when ever the team wants. Wait until It's time for Mo"s new contract, you think Idzik is just gonna pay him? There is no loyalty in the NFL, the owners could care less about the players. & yes the way the contracts work in the NFL do keep it competitive, & they have a very short season ( compaired to baseball or basketball) but it is unfair to the players