There are now four main suitors in the DeSean Jackson sweepstakes, as the Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, and Cleveland Browns have all been mentioned as teams with significant interest in the former Philadelphia Eagles star wide receiver. None of those four teams have massive holes at wide receiver, but all four of them could use a playmaking wide receiver, especially the Browns and Raiders. The Redskins are lacking in the depth department at the position, and adding Jackson would immediately solve that problem while also giving Robert Griffin III a downright scary pass-catching trio of Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed, and Jackson.
The Redskins have long been regarded as the favorites to sign Jackson, and there are some reports out there stating that he has already signed a deal. But there are also reports stating that both sides haven’t even discussed financial details yet, and now ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that DeSean Jackson and the Redskins haven’t actually talked about money yet. This report is crucial, because it confirms that nothing truly major is brewing just yet, though I would still state that the Redskins are the favorites due to their reported willingness to spend significant money on the talented wideout.
Schefter adds in his latest tweet that the San Francisco 49ers are a team to watch with “real but guarded” interest in adding Jackson to form an incredibly dangerous wide receiver corps with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and Quinton Patton with tight ends Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald. The link to the Bay Area could trouble the 49ers, but the thing that could stand in the way of a potential deal is his price tag. If Jackson isn’t willing to sign a deal matching the 49ers price range, which would most likely be lower than the other teams, then the Super Bowl contenders won’t bring him on. A guy like Jackson could be the final piece to the puzzle for the 49ers, especially with a strong-armed franchise signal-caller like Colin Kaepernick at the helm.