DeSean Jackson (10) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

DeSean Jackson has interest from 'at least' seven teams

DeSean Jackson is now a free agent, and it’s anyone’s guess as to where he lands after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday. The Kansas City Chiefs look like a very likely landing spot on paper, because they were linked to Jackson before he was released and reportedly showed interest in him yesterday. Not only are the Chiefs in need of a true No. 1 wide receiver, but they would also love to have a wideout with Jackson’s downfield speed. The fact that Jackson’s former coach, Andy Reid, runs the Chiefs and was more lenient with him than Chip Kelly is also a big plus.

As expected, there are several teams with interest in Jackson, and Pro Football Talk reports that “at least seven” teams showed interest in the 27-year-old Cal product yesterday. I would be surprised if the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders weren’t among those teams, and the Seattle Seahawks are another possible suitor.

The Jets, Raiders, and Chiefs have shown the strongest interest in Jackson so far, and it makes plenty of sense for those three teams to have interest. Jackson won’t get as much as his talent dictates following alleged gang ties and the Eagles desperation to get rid of him, so Jackson could be a big steal for a WR-needy team like those three.

Update: The New York Daily News’s Manish Mehta reports that Jets GM John Idzik did not contact Jackson yesterday.

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  • Zach

    I really, really hope the Chiefs make a play here. Jackson just came off his best season and would be a great compliment to Bowe.

    • Joe Soriano

      Thanks for dropping by, Zach.

      I think a move by the Chiefs to sign Jackson makes too much sense, and Bowe would be the complement to Jackson in this case. Bowe is a good wideout for sure, but he’s more of a top WR2 than a true WR1. With him moving the chains for Smith in the short and intermediate games and Jackson stretching the field and using his explosiveness after the catch, the Chiefs could have a deadly combo of two talented WRs with different playing styles. Bowe needs some help, and a weapon like Jackson could help other notice just how good Smith really is. Plus, a healthy Travis Kelce wouldn’t hurt either, as the Chiefs were expecting big things out of him last year when he came out of Cincinnati as a rookie.

      • Zach

        I agree. I just meant they both would compliment each other. As a Chiefs fan, I don’t really care who is the #1 I just want a passing game!

  • Chris Schroeder

    Jackson’s all about the money. He’s from L.A, So for those reasons I see the Raiders getting him if they really want him. Plus having a quarterback like Matt Schaub will definitely help that decision. Also being as vein as Jackson is once he puts on the silver and black there ain’t no going back. If he wants to look good out there while making plays, it doesn’t get any better than that. haters are gonna hate but at the end of the day that’s what’s real. I hope big Reg goes and gets him. Sammy Watkins won’t be there number five, so unless they’re thinking Mike Evans, they had better go get Jackson.

    • Joe Soriano

      I think Watkins will be there with the fifth pick, but it’s true that he’s not guaranteed to be available. I would honestly rather see the Raiders go after somebody who is more of a bigger, possession-type receiver, since their current WRs are burners. That said, the Raiders aren’t in a position to be choosers, so Jackson would be a nice signing at the right price. They have the money to spend, but it’s never wise to overpay. But honestly, I think the Raiders need to go for a guy who can be a safety valve for Matt Schaub, and Watkins’s ability to win on deep and shorter routes really impresses me. But again, the Raiders need weapons, and Jackson is a premier weapon.

  • Hawthorne

    I think Chiefs are the best fit, they may not be able to pay quite as much as the raiders, but the have a coach and a locker room who can handle Dramabomb Jackson.