Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) returns a punt against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie McKenzie ‘leery about’ signing DeSean Jackson


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 (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

The Oakland Raiders are viewed as one of the favorites to sign DeSean Jackson, who has local ties to the area that are of some concern, especially after alleged gang ties. A source close to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio stated that Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie is “leery about” signing Jackson, but it’s because he is worried about his “me-first” attitude as opposed to the gang ties that may or may not be true. This concern makes sense, because the Raiders have been running some background checks on him. More importantly, the Philadelphia Eagles released Jackson due to Chip Kelly’s desire to get rid of his top WR for his “me-first” attitude, which is much more concerning than possible gang ties.

McKenzie’s leeriness will most likely cause the Raiders to be more cautious when it comes to giving Jackson a significant contract, and thus I expect the Washington Redskins to sign him. The Redskins look like the clear favorites at this point and are drawing closer to a deal, mostly because they are more willing to spend money on him. While the Raiders would like to have a playmaker of Jackson’s caliber on the roster, it just isn’t worth it for them to spend too much money on him.

Jackson had over 1,300 receiving yards, over 80 receptions, and nine touchdowns last season, and he would be a dangerous weapon on any team after coming off of the best year of his career. It looks like the best option for him is in Washington with RG3, Jordan Reed, Pierre Garcon, and Alfred Morris, but we’ll see if any new information emerges.


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  • Chris Schroeder

    Reggie, you douche. We haven’t had a player like this in forever, and your going to let him walk knowing he could be the answer for us. It’s not just about you Reggie and what you think, it’s about the fans. We pay your bills bra, and you ain’t been listen to us. Now who has the “me complex”.

    • stucktrader

      Well, RM knows that this may be his only year to get this turned around… Especially if Bill Polian is still available to be a GM…

      IN any case, we’ll have the season to see how this pans out… if Watkins turns out to be the guy, then no matter… but if Desean steps in, and the vets keep the locker room stable and keep DJax in line… it opens up the #5 pick for either a stud OL or Mack… or my preference… trade back for more picks.

      • James Schroeder

        Yeah losing to Desean will be a hard pill to swallow but we all know there’s other issues involved per reports and we have to put our trust in Reggie. You’re right we still have the draft and there is a lot of talent at wide receiver. Watkins or Evans would be a sick pick. But yeah picking up to Desean would definitely change the game come draft day man oh man. Greg Robinson or Mack would be sweet. I’m hoping they get Carr but not in the first round. I’m getting psyched just thinking about draft day.

  • razkaz187

    Kinda hard to be picky when you have no real legit wr raiders need a playmaker on offense and he is the best available