Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Who Wins the DeSean Jackson Sweepstakes?

The hottest name on the NFL free agency circuit right now is DeSean Jackson, who appears destined for release in Philadelphia.  Which teams will gun for him?

Front Runners

New York Jets

A reunion with Michael Vick is something the New York Jets would love nothing better than to accomplish.  They already have their reliable #2 possession receiver in Eric Decker locked up.  Now they could use that legitimate speed threat who can threaten defenses deep.  The Jets have the motive and the means and a leg-up since they have a former teammate under contract.

New England Patriots

Recent event clearly showcase that the New England Patriots aren’t waiting around anymore.  They are loading up for a Super Bowl run and money is no longer a huge object.  Already the defense has undergone a makeover at the skill positions with Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.  They also added Brandon LaFell at receiver but still could use a more dangerous threat for Tom Brady.  Jackson would love the opportunity.

Kansas City Chiefs

If anybody knows how to uses DeSean Jackson on offense, wouldn’t it be the man who originally drafted him?  Andy Reid brought the enigmatic wide receiver into NFL when he coached the Eagles.  Now he’s head honcho of the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that is on the lookout for more speed at wide receiver to help compliment Dwayne Bowe.  Jackson would be working under a familiar face in a familiar offense.

Carolina Panthers

This situation might very well represent the last chance in free agency for the Carolina Panthers to achieve what they’ve failed repeatedly to do, which is give Cam Newton desperately needed help at wide receiver.  Steve Smith is gone and so is LaFell and Ted Ginn.  They have to make this signing happen regardless of their conservative cap situation.

Dark Horses

San Francisco 49ers

Nobody should ever discount the dark horses when it comes to free agency and the San Francisco 49ers are a classic example.  They always seem to land quality talent when least expected and DeSean Jackson represents a huge steal opportunity.  Colin Kaepernick needs more speed on the field with Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree.  It will be a tight cap fit, but the allure of winning will certainly help their negotiating tactics.

Chicago Bears

Is it the most practical landing spot?  Probably not.  However one can never dismiss the possibility.  The Chicago Bears recently parted ways with two of their key receivers in Earl Bennett and Eric Weems.  A need is there to fill the third receiver spot between Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.  Can one imagine a speed threat like Jackson playing between those twin towers?  Scary.

Cleveland Browns

Another team with the roster spot, but importantly the money.  The Cleveland Browns in all likelihood are taking a quarterback early in the draft.  He is going to need protection and weapons.  They already have Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron in place for size but the Browns have no real deep threat to speak of.  Adding Jackson to the mix makes loads of sense provided Mike Pettine feels he can handle the receiver’s colorful personality.

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  • chad Anderson

    Panthers have to make a move to keep the fan base on board with the decisions or lack there of in this free agency

    • Erik Lambert

      Jackson would certainly help.

  • Paul V. Suffriti

    The Jets have to do something to try and counter what the Pats and Dolphins are doing with the great additions to their team. The Jets will push hard to sign Jackson….coach Ryan’s future with the Jets may be at stake after (or during) the 2014 season.

    • Erik Lambert

      If I were them I’d press to sign Jackson hard then trade up to get Mike Evans.

  • Andrew Matlack

    I cannot believe I just read that the Browns don’t have a real deep threat. That was Gordon’s bread and butter last year. That’s why he had so many yards. He was almost exclusively a mid range to down field receiver.

    • Israel

      He gets no respect just because he plays for the browns that is bull crap!

      • Erik Lambert

        Gordon can go deep but he is much like Jim Brown. Everyone sees him as a big, strong type even though both are faster than people realize. Jackson is an exclusive deep threat. Gordon is just a great all around receiver.

  • Bob

    Uh, the Oakland Raiders. I originally liked idea, but think since they lost a draft pick on Schaub, need to stay the course and build through the draft.

    • Erik Lambert

      That would probably be best, and I won’t be surprised if they scoop up Sammy Watkins now that Schaub is in town.

      • Bob

        However, if he is released, the Raiders do have the money.

        • Erik Lambert

          They do, but I’m not sure they want to risk that personality at this stage of the rebuild.

  • Vin Scuorzo

    Personally i think Vick is a upgrade to Sanchez and can mentor smith for a year because they have the same playing style. I do like the me of Vick especially if it helps beig Jackson. If they get jackson they have a much better team then last year. They need to look into secondary in the draft. But getting jackson can make this team a 9/10 win team and a wild card threat.

  • Paul Newbold

    If the Jets don’t sign this guy….I might have to root for the Giants!! Damn, that is an unpleasant thought! LOL

    • Erik Lambert

      I can understand. They have the means, motive and opportunity. Then again…they are the Jets.


    …No mention of the Seahawks? They do have ‘just’ enough cap room should they not get a deal done with Jared Allen or Finley. Personally, I don’t see it but with the Avril and Harvin deals last year and how their front office wheels/deals I think they’re a bigger Dark Horse, so to speak, than the Niners…

    • Erik Lambert

      They could but I felt with Percy Harvin already on the roster they wouldn’t want to invest the money in another outspoken receiver known for his speed. Besides they have contract issues coming up anyway.

  • Hateraid

    I hate to nit-pick but Josh Gordan led the league last year in 20+ and 40+ yards receptions last year. He can definitely take the top off of a defense. That being said, you’re right that the browns do need another receiver.

    • Erik Lambert

      Get in line, Hateraid. Already been discussed below.