The New York Jets signed Eric Decker to a lucrative deal after desperately needing a wideout with his playmaking ability, and it was a great deal for the Jets by most accounts. They could still use another top-flight option to add to Decker and solid pass-catchers Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland, and DeSean Jackson has long been rumored as a potential addition. The Jets have been linked to D-Jax ever since the trade rumors started, but it’s been made very clear that thrifty GM John Idzik would only be interested in Jackson if he were to be released. Like most teams, the Jets didn’t want to spend $30 million over three seasons and a high draft pick on a player who was aggressively shopped after a career year.
Per a source close to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, the New York Jets still have interest in adding DeSean Jackson, and the Philadelphia Eagles decision to release him today definitely helped the cause. Not helping the cause are reported gang ties, and it’s going to be interesting to see how seriously Idzik is taking these allegations. More details will come regarding what is actually going on off-the-field for Jackson, so it’s important not to create any strong opinions.
Cimini tweets that it’s “unclear” as to how interested the Jets are in Jackson, but it would have been a surprise for them to drop out of the race entirely. The Kansas City Chiefs are showing the strongest interest right now, but I’m sure several teams are interested in the uber-talented wideout despite his character concerns.