The Washington Redskins are currently hosting former Philadelphia Eagles star wide receiver DeSean Jackson on a free agent visit, and he’s meeting with the coaching staff and upper brass. Although he doesn’t have any visits officially lined up, he would figure to have a number of suitors if he makes it out of D.C. without signing. NBC Washington reports that the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers are also among the teams interested in Jackson, with the Browns “going hard” after the playmaking wideout.
Linked to Jackson before he was traded, the 49ers could use a wideout with his vertical speed and explosiveness. They need another big-play threat, and a wide receiver corps of Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, second-year pro Quinton Patton, and Jackson would be an excellent one, especially with Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald as the tight ends on the roster. A homecoming to the Bay Area could cause issues, though, so we’ll see how the vetting process goes for the 49ers, who would probably jump at D-Jax if he’s affordable. I see the Browns and Redskins as being willing to spend more (the Oakland Raiders as well despite their hesitancy), so the 49ers are the darkhorse contenders.
The Browns would make plenty of sense as a landing spot for Jackson, because they have the cap space and could use another wide receiver. Josh Gordon is an elite player, but the Browns don’t have much outside of him and star tight end Jordan Cameron. DeSean Jackson would be a huge addition for their next potential franchise quarterback, but they would also have to be wary about Jackson’s “me-first” attitude. Still, signing Jackson at a decent price would make a good deal of sense for the Browns.