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.