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Woody Johnson confirms Jets’ interest in DeSean Jackson

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The Jets are interested in acquiring Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson.

That was confirmed by Jets owner Woody Johnson himself, who told reporters at the league meeting today that Jackson is one of several players the Jets are interested in as they attempt to re-shape their roster.

“We’re looking at a number of players, including DeSean,” Johnson said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Johnson cautioned, however, that the Jets’ interest in Jackson is only if it’s “at the right price” and “if he fits into the culture of our locker room,” via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

NFL owners, coaches and general managers rarely talk on the record about players under contract to other teams, so the fact that Johnson would mention Jackson by name suggests that the Jets’ interest is strong. However, Johnson stating that the Jets are only interested “at the right price” suggests that they don’t want to pay him the $10.5 million he’s owed this season under his current contract. The Jets may be hoping the Eagles release Jackson — which the Eagles aren’t likely to do if they believe they can get something for him in a trade.

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  1. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 23, 2014 4:25 PM

    Finally, it is confirmed that ONE team in the NFL can find a use for DeSean Jackson. I knew there had to be at least one!

  2. vbe2 says: Mar 23, 2014 4:27 PM

    Isn’t that tampering?

  3. thepftpoet says: Mar 23, 2014 4:27 PM

    Top 5 Receivers in the NFL:

    1. Calvin Johnson
    2. Larry Fitzgerald
    3. Cordarrelle Patterson
    4. Desean Jackson
    5. Greg Jennings

  4. afce22 says: Mar 23, 2014 4:28 PM

    they probably have no intention of parting with a 3rd rounder either

  5. ishotthesharrif says: Mar 23, 2014 4:31 PM

    D-Jax is a cancer in the way that T.O. was in the locker room for years; why anybody would want him at any price-tag above a veteran’s minimum contract until he got his ego in-check is beyond me.

  6. SAV says: Mar 23, 2014 4:32 PM

    The Ravens dumped Boldin for a sixth rounder and the Niners paid his $7million salary so Jackson is a younger better player making $10.5….I’m guessing the Eagles are looking for a conditional 4th or 3rd rounder straight up???? This is a deep draft so I bet they don’t get higher then a 4th round pick.

  7. vusnu says: Mar 23, 2014 4:34 PM

    I still could see the Eagles trade Jackson to the Raiders for Terrell Pryor and a pick.

  8. number1hawkfan says: Mar 23, 2014 4:36 PM

    Got deshan Jackson in the 7th round of my keeper league, really want to keep him for next year but not if he plays for the jets.

  9. lionsfan54 says: Mar 23, 2014 4:37 PM

    that stupid hat he always wears…

  10. craigkintexas says: Mar 23, 2014 4:38 PM

    LOL Woody! DeSean will sicken your team.

  11. tvjules says: Mar 23, 2014 4:39 PM

    They just dumped an 8 million dollar salary when they released Sanchez. This sounds about right.

  12. primalscreaming says: Mar 23, 2014 4:39 PM

    Hahaha typical Jets. 0-16.

  13. surfinbird1 says: Mar 23, 2014 4:40 PM

    These teams realize he is making $10.5 mil but he is still not happy with that. He is looking for a new contract as we speak. A little rich for my blood.

  14. andyb02 says: Mar 23, 2014 4:45 PM

    I say we just wait until Chip Kelly speaks on Wednesday…

  15. frankiesweep says: Mar 23, 2014 4:45 PM

    only if it’s “at the right price” and “if he fits into the culture of our locker room,”

    Well the guy who runs JnJ just brought in a dog killer, so I don’t think there’s a very high bar in the Jets locker room to fit in.

    I’m sure he fits just fine.

  16. icdogg says: Mar 23, 2014 4:47 PM

    It’s tampering when a team expresses public interest in a player on a current NFL roster.

  17. vcstriker16 says: Mar 23, 2014 4:49 PM


  18. 13maram says: Mar 23, 2014 4:49 PM

    Oak or NYJ most likely the destinations according to Ian Rappaport. SF, NE and Carolina could all use him but simply don’t have the cap room. Only question is whether the Raiders or Jets are willing to cough up a draft pick or are they both waiting for Philly to release him.

  19. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 23, 2014 4:50 PM

    No way the Raiders are going to dump $10.5 mil into a receiver with one trick and a punk attitude.
    They’re into football players these days. Not problems.

  20. ttommytom says: Mar 23, 2014 4:52 PM

    Vick is a perp and Jackson is not far behind.

  21. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 23, 2014 4:54 PM

    It’s not tampering unless the team whose player you are tampering with files a complaint.

  22. realnflmaster says: Mar 23, 2014 4:55 PM

    Top 5 owners in the NFL

    Woody Johnson
    Ziggy Wilf
    Dan Snyder
    Jerry Jones
    Mike Brown

    32nd Robert Kraft

    In that order.

  23. fed554 says: Mar 23, 2014 4:57 PM

    If the Jets get D-jack it would make WR a strength for Geno or Vick. Then the jets can focus on other things in the draft we have the cap room and draft picks make this happen

  24. notandrewkraft says: Mar 23, 2014 5:02 PM

    No one likes the jets and no one likes desean Jackson, including himself, ie. he hates himself. Sounds like a perfect match

  25. bleedrangerblue says: Mar 23, 2014 5:02 PM

    It pisses me off the direction the Jets are heading. I’m going to need counseling.

  26. justbust says: Mar 23, 2014 5:02 PM

    Wat is he even worth ?

  27. mianfr says: Mar 23, 2014 5:03 PM

    Huge buyer beware sign on this one for me. There is no logical reason for a team with a developing quarterback to dump its number one wide receiver who’s coming off a 1300 yard season and still in his prime.

    There’s something major going on with DeSean Jackson behind the scenes that the Eagles want no part whatsoever of, and whoever acquires him is going to have to figure out what that is the hard way.

  28. dlk47823 says: Mar 23, 2014 5:09 PM

    Its not tampering when the team owning the player is shopping him around. Its only tampering if you contact the player or agent without the team’s (Eagles) knowledge.
    Philly may have even approached the Jets.

  29. dlk47823 says: Mar 23, 2014 5:10 PM

    Sign Desean and go get a corner in Rd1.

  30. rtroy23 says: Mar 23, 2014 5:10 PM

    This is santonio 2.0
    I’ll pass

  31. kd75 says: Mar 23, 2014 5:10 PM

    DeSean = Santonio’s attitude + Revis’ contract demands…

    Doesn’t sound like a good fit for the Jets.

  32. arrow43050 says: Mar 23, 2014 5:12 PM

    It might be too much to give up, but I REALLY want the Jets to stick it to the Bucs by trading the 4th round pick they get from the Bucs for the Revis trade to make the trade Darrelle Revis for 1 year for Sheldon Richardson (Defensive Rookie of the Year) and Desean Jackson. That, I think, qualifies as literally one of the worst trades of all time.

  33. thundergunxpres says: Mar 23, 2014 5:16 PM

    That is definitely tampering

  34. stankytoes12 says: Mar 23, 2014 5:17 PM

    Haha that top 5 receiver list is hilarious dudes high as hell. Talking about trading for a player is not tampering, now if woody was talking TO desean about a contract before hes available then yes that would be tampering

  35. haansel82 says: Mar 23, 2014 5:18 PM

    Desean only wants a new contract because this is his contract year. All players do the same thing.

    The next few years on his contract are only guaranteed 2M. I’m willing to bet he would jump on the same contract with more guaranteed money.

    As far as talent is concerned, Desean would be an upgrade on every NFL roster. That is what is important. He flashes like a #1 WR more often than not.

    As an Eagles fan, I do not want the media to drive this kid out of town like they did with Terrell Owens. Human nature tells me someone will read my comment as being an upgrade on any roster as this guy thinks he is better than Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald. When I said he would be an upgrade on every NFL roster. That is how the media works, misleading details, and spinning nonsense into a viable story that has a player released or traded.

  36. ampats says: Mar 23, 2014 5:25 PM

    What culture in the Jets locker room is Woody referring to ? Losing– yes there is a strong culture that has been in place for 45+ years

  37. jackofnotrades says: Mar 23, 2014 5:31 PM

    WRs like Jackson are a dime-a-dozen..any team dumb enough to trade for him, deserves him

  38. andyb02 says: Mar 23, 2014 5:36 PM

    A club’s representa
    tive, or a third-party intermediary of that club (Club
    A), is involved in a priv
    ate meeting or conversation with a player (or his
    representative) who
    is under contract to, or whose negotiating rights are
    held by, anothe
    r club (Club B);
    The League obtains substantiation that
    after or during
    the above contact
    with the player, Club A ha
    s stated, publicly or privately, its interest in
    obtaining his services (see “Pub
    lic/Private Statements” below);
    Contract problems or other disputes
    subsequently ar
    ise between the
    player and Club
    B (for example, the player’s
    failure to repor
    t on time to
    Club B).

    Eagles may end up getting a draft pick from the Jets after all without giving up Desean.

  39. backdapack4evr says: Mar 23, 2014 5:41 PM

    It will be a miracle if the Vikings win 8 games this year!

  40. buzzlightner says: Mar 23, 2014 5:56 PM

    Good trade him im to the point now that we just need to trade him asap because if the eagles just dump this guy for nothing.. ill be pissed

  41. meseanjackson18 says: Mar 23, 2014 5:58 PM

    Woody just can’t resist the circus.

  42. etyaps says: Mar 23, 2014 6:02 PM

    Let me get this straight, they trade Revis cus he’s always complaining bout his contrast but are interested in Desean?? Hmmm

  43. dickshotdogs says: Mar 23, 2014 6:02 PM

    Oh, he fits the culture, alright.

  44. nfceastfan says: Mar 23, 2014 6:09 PM

    Jets fans would love Jackson if he was on their team. Anyone that gets him will be getting a big time young playmaker. Those don’t grow on trees, and unfortunately for the Jets it sounds like they won’t be getting him if they’re waiting for the Eagles to just release him. Looks like he’s heading West if he’s traded at all.

  45. dynaco says: Mar 23, 2014 6:20 PM

    Why would the Pats want Desean when they could have had a proven felon in Vick?

  46. pftfan says: Mar 23, 2014 6:22 PM

    I’m sure the Eagles are going to file tampering charges on the trade partner they are desperately trying unload DeSean Jackson.

    Some of you guys really have no clue.

  47. scw1993 says: Mar 23, 2014 6:25 PM

    Tampering, and it’s not the first time.

  48. RexCanCoach says: Mar 23, 2014 6:27 PM

    This is HUGE for NYJ, boy do they need a playmaker.

    Shhhh…don’t look now but if Jetsies nab DJax this offense just got a whole lot better, defense is already stout, sexy Rexy at the helm. Life is good!

  49. grimreaper12 says: Mar 23, 2014 6:28 PM

    The Jets are the biggest joke in the NFL. Even with Jackson, they still don’t have a secondary, or a QB. Geno and the dog killer are both trash. Good luck competing against Buffalo for last place in the AFC East.

  50. patfanken says: Mar 23, 2014 6:34 PM

    No team in the league combines the available cap room, enough draft picks (12) to give one away, the desperate need for a #1 WR, and a built in supp0rt system in his former OC, and QB.

    They are also the team who most believes in its more important to be on the back pages of the tabloids, than it is to build a team from the inside out….thank God.

    My own opinion is that this all just a ploy by the Eagles to prove a point to Jackson and his teammates, that no one is indispensable. This way if the get a value deal they can move him, and if not, point made.

  51. believeland2014 says: Mar 23, 2014 6:35 PM


    1. DYLAN
    2. DYLAN
    3. DYLAN
    4. DYLAN
    5. DYLAN

    Cuz I spit Hot Fire lol

  52. officialgame says: Mar 23, 2014 6:45 PM

    By getting his Woody on he just tampered with a player under contract to another team.

  53. dlk47823 says: Mar 23, 2014 7:04 PM

    There’s Ampats back on the Jets page. he’s still praying NE will win at least 1 against the Jets again this year. But he is excited that an ex-Jet is now his team’s best player. Hilarious!

  54. dlk47823 says: Mar 23, 2014 7:07 PM

    They didn’t trade Revis because of contract demands. They traded him so they get a better young star player with a 4 year rookie contract. And another 4th rounder this year, That’s why.

  55. dlk47823 says: Mar 23, 2014 7:09 PM

    Grimreaper- Buffalo owns last place in the AFC east. They don’t have to worry about anyone taking that away from them.

  56. grimreaper12 says: Mar 23, 2014 7:17 PM

    I wouldn’t so sure, on paper the Bills are better. Geno or EJ? Give me EJ.
    The Jets have always stunk, and will continue to stink.

  57. dlk47823 says: Mar 23, 2014 7:50 PM

    They don’t play the games on paper. Jets have won 9 of last 12 against the Bills. The basement is safe, for you and EJ.

  58. j0esixpack says: Mar 23, 2014 7:50 PM

    This would be a great move for the Jets.

    While it would put them right back in a tough salary cap situation, Jackson would be an instant difference maker for the Jets

    He’d help them go from a bad team to a mediocre one

    That’s gotta be worth returning to Cap Hell and shelling out $10 million a season!

  59. rcgolf12 says: Mar 23, 2014 8:10 PM

    Jeff McLane is adding specific names to his quote, NO TAMPERING just a reporter looking for attention.

  60. dlk47823 says: Mar 23, 2014 8:12 PM

    Its not cap hell…after the Vick signing and dumping Sanchez, the Jets still have over 30 million to spend. Its the Pats that are leveraging the future by deferring 5 million of Revis to next year when he’ll be gone. Jets are in great cap shape, but thanks for trying!
    Jets getting better, Pats (who still can’t stop the run) getting nervous. And jets have 12 draft picks. Can’t wait!

  61. j0esixpack says: Mar 23, 2014 9:01 PM

    dlk47823 says: Its not cap hell…after the Vick signing and dumping Sanchez, the Jets still have over 30 million to spend.


    Cutting Sanchez COST the Jets about $5 million in dead cap space. Then they also have to pay Vick $5 million in salary and cap space on top of that.

    So basically the Jets have committed $10 million in cap space for a season to a backup QB

    Yeah – that’s a well run team.

    But go ahead and believe that Geno Smith plus Jackson = a Super Bowl

    That’s a lot more beliveable than the last “guarantee” you guys bought into – that Sanchez would bring not one but TWO Super Bowls

  62. chrisk61 says: Mar 23, 2014 9:20 PM

    i think the eagles want a 2nd and may pass, and keep him, if they don’t get it.

    but ultimately his days with the eagles are numbered.

  63. jetsfansince1968 says: Mar 23, 2014 9:22 PM

    Is NFL owners allowed to speak about players under contract with another team?


  64. sportnik2 says: Mar 23, 2014 9:24 PM

    This is blatant tampering. But Goodell, the former Jets intern, bleeds green & will do nothing about it.

  65. doggeatdogg says: Mar 23, 2014 9:33 PM

    So the Jets are going to reunite Jackson and Vick because that worked so well in Philly. Looks more like the Jets trying to keep him from the Patriots. And Jackson needs to realize teams these days are letting free agents rot instead of investing in free agents who have failed their previous teams.

  66. ganggreen007 says: Mar 23, 2014 9:50 PM

    Everyone here who is calling out blatant tampering is plain naive. First off, the eagles would need to file a complaint, which they won’t do because the jets seem to be their number one possible trading partner and who they could get the most for. And more importantly, Woody’s quote was:

    “We’re always interested in talent,” Johnson said. “If it’s somebody that fits into our locker room and understands that he can fit into our culture at a price we can afford, that we feel is appropriate, then we’d do it.”

    The reporter inserted a name to try and push his story. Learn before you speak people, it’s amazing how many people are so easily misinformed.

  67. justwannawinna says: Mar 23, 2014 10:03 PM

    Ive been a big fan of what Chip Kelly has been doing in Philly but I don’t know if trading Jackson is the right move… yes hes not particularly big, nor does he run excellent routes but he is a bona fide game breaker who keeps a safety deep and he maybe a one trick pony but its a trick very few teams including Seattle and even the Legion of Boom have trouble defending. The trade market of Jackson is low and his current deal is gonna make him nearly impossible to trade for. If I were the Eagles I’d have to be willing to accept a hot dog for this guy because honestly thats what your expecting at this point a 5-6th round pick at best. If it were the Jets im trading to take a few players off their hands that have some value in our system. Maybe Stephen Hill and Kyle Wilson along with maybe a 5 honestly doesn’t sound that bad now because a 3 or a 4 seems to be out of the picture. And for the guys who wanna say “hey hes not happy with his deal” he is not happy because none of it at this point is guaranteed! That should be good news for any team willing to take a swing at him. And for Jets fans hes not like Revis he wants stability as in guaranteed money not to be paid 20 million a year.

  68. thundergunxpres says: Mar 23, 2014 11:20 PM

    Im sorry but all you guys saying that tampering charges have to be filed by team, where have you seen that rule? the reason teams file tampering charges(i thought) were when they suspected teams of tampering in much less obvious ways

  69. latenightroach says: Mar 24, 2014 12:35 AM

    What kind of parents would name their child Woody Johnson?

  70. kpweaver27 says: Mar 24, 2014 1:08 AM

    It’s interesting…if the Jets were to make a move to acquire him, it would be a terrible move that will introduce another diva into the locker room. If the Patriots or Seahawks acquired him, it would be admired as a shrewd, high reward move that could make them even more competitive, because after all, talent is the most important quality.

    It’s honestly as if we’ve never seen a wide receiver who is self-centered and a bit problematic. Are you guys serious? First of all, Jackson is nowhere near the problem as Owens, Ochocinco, Moss, or Keyshawn Johnson. I’m not saying DeSean is as good as Randy Moss or Terrell Owens, but he’s got a real chance at being better than the other two when all is said and done. And if you don’t agree with that, that’s not my point. I’m just saying that at 27 years old, you really think teams with a WR need would have steered clear of those divas?

    I just don’t get this, unless he’s done something awful we don’t know about. He’s 27 years old, puts up terrific numbers in an offense he works well in. Foles and McCoy are both 25. The Eagles were all ready to be a potential championship contender. You think good defenses can’t limit Maclin and Riley Cooper? Give me a break. Eagles are back to 9-7.

  71. coachglove says: Mar 24, 2014 4:24 AM

    “ganggreen007 says:
    Mar 23, 2014 9:50 PM
    Everyone here who is calling out blatant tampering is plain naive. First off, the eagles would need to file a complaint, which they won’t do because the jets seem to be their number one possible trading partner and who they could get the most for. And more importantly, Woody’s quote was:

    “We’re always interested in talent,” Johnson said. “If it’s somebody that fits into our locker room and understands that he can fit into our culture at a price we can afford, that we feel is appropriate, then we’d do it.”

    The reporter inserted a name to try and push his story. Learn before you speak people, it’s amazing how many people are so easily misinformed.”

    The QUOTE (note – it is being posted by a reporter as a QUOTE) by Woody was “We are interested in a number of players, including Desean.” You’re only reading the 2nd part of the quote after the tampering took place. If the owner said what he is widely being quoted as having said it 100% is tampering. There is nothing in the written league policy that states that Philly must complain here. The rule simply states you can’t publicly express interest in a player under contract with another team. I’d like to see facts to support the assertion being made that Philly has to file a complaint. Any team currently in negotiations with Philly for the services of Desean has a fiduciary interest in seeing tampering not take place. Since we are not publicly aware of who has contacted Philly, we don’t know who might have a problem with the Jets owner expressing public interest (and therefore creating the appearance of a market for Desean that may not actually exist, driving up the trade price).

  72. tigerlilac says: Mar 24, 2014 5:06 AM

    Can’t Johnson even fake being a decent human being?

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