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Ron Rivera: “We’d be interested” in DeSean Jackson

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The Panthers just cut the best player in franchise history, who happened to be a wide receiver, so they’re naturally going to be linked with DeSean Jackson.

But though reporters who cover the team are already declaring it unlikely, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he wanted to find out more.

Rivera was the first to drop a cannonball into the deep end of the Jackson speculation pool, telling Jim Corbett of USA TodayWe’d be interested,” moments after Jackson’s release.

“He’s an intriguing player and we’ll take a look at him,” Rivera said. “I just got word and this is surprising to hear. He’s an explosive player who has great vertical speed and is strong going to the ball.”

After cutting Steve Smith and letting Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon walk in free agency, the Panthers receivers are basically Jerricho Cotchery and whomever they draft.

But Rivera put the Panthers in the mix.

“That is something that has to be discussed,” Rivera said. “Yeah, we’ll have to gauge the direction we can go.

“It depends on the numbers. You have to negotiate around the numbers. We’ll see what happens. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next couple of days.”

With otherwise clear signals coming out of Charlotte, it’s also interesting to see if Rivera and Dave Gettleman are on the same page.

The Panthers are “cap challenged” — as Gettleman points out often — so it’s hard to see them being a fit.

But after cutting a figure as beloved as Smith, casting an immediate line to a player linked with reports of gang activity is an unusual move.

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13 Responses to “Ron Rivera: “We’d be interested” in DeSean Jackson”
  1. qdog112 says: Mar 28, 2014 2:12 PM

    Of course we’re interested, if the numbers are right and if Dave can find his pen. He’s in the back room looking through empty Krispy Kreme boxes now.

    So if Desean will sign for a pack of nabs and a 6 pack of Cheerwine, we got’em.

  2. grimreaper12 says: Mar 28, 2014 2:16 PM

    Patriots should get him on a one year deal.
    Brady to Jackson. No way he overthrows this guy.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 28, 2014 2:16 PM

    Sorry Ron he wasn’t released! The Eagles just made up the statement but didn’t actually cut him, you just got hit for tampering!!!

    But for real it would be a nice addition, just do your homework on him and make sure there aren’t any bad skeletons in the closet.

  4. chawk12thman says: Mar 28, 2014 2:16 PM

    With only 4M Cap Space this seems unlikely and dead on arrival…….Next Up…

  5. sandersmarcus10 says: Mar 28, 2014 2:18 PM

    I’m sure all teams will look at all the facts before judging this guy and signing him

  6. chaser44 says: Mar 28, 2014 2:19 PM

    of course you are, you are a sub 500 season away from looking for a job. I am sure he would be a good influence on cam, a theif and a wanna be gangster.

  7. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 28, 2014 2:26 PM

    if they don’t get jackson, they may as well start bringing fans down to catch passes.

  8. drsummeroff says: Mar 28, 2014 2:29 PM

    Riverboat Ron going to roll the dice on the gangster. Assuming he isn’t ‘Aaron Hernandez’ part II, A Newton to Jackson connection could be dangerous.

  9. ctiggs says: Mar 28, 2014 2:46 PM

    i want the niners to sign him #noOnehasitbetter

  10. pantherfan294 says: Mar 28, 2014 2:51 PM

    Won’t be coming to the Panthers…not with his rumored gang ties and price tag. Jets or Raiders.

  11. gridirondre says: Mar 28, 2014 2:51 PM

    With the eagles still owing him $6 mill this year. I think it won’t be too difficult to get him under contract for the first year of a deal with him. A nice signing bonus and then an average of $6-7 mill after that. I think he wwould sign with Carolina and play with Cam in a heartbeat for that! I’m glad they don’t have to deal with Drew Rosenhaus.

  12. thoughtlessintheextreme says: Mar 28, 2014 3:25 PM

    I think Riverboat’s watch is running about 4 days fast.

  13. motsuret06 says: Mar 28, 2014 3:43 PM

    I thought Rivera was towing the company man line with Gettleman. Folks, this one is not going to happen. No money….and less confidence in Jackson.

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