DeSean Jackson poised for a big Thursday deal

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Receiver DeSean Jackson is rocketing toward the open market for the second time in his career. This one, however, is coming as the market opens and the big money flows.

By all appearances, big money will be flowing in his direction. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Jackson is expected to agree to terms on Thursday, the first day of free agency.

The candidates include Washington, Tampa Bay, and multiple other teams. The interest is sufficiently strong to permit Jackson’s representatives to declare bidding open when the legal tampering period commences on Tuesday, if that’s what they choose to do. Then, it would be just a matter of playing the waiting game.

Jackson previously has said that he’ll take the best offer. However, don’t discount the quality of the team’s quarterback play. All things equal, the team with the better quarterback will likely get the nod. Which means that the team will the lesser quarterback could need to pony up extra cash to close the deal.

56 responses to “DeSean Jackson poised for a big Thursday deal

  1. I have a strange feeling it’s going to be Philly. The media makes it seem less likely, but I think he wants to come back and play with Wentz. The Eagles are good at keeping lid on lately, so we’ll see.

  2. Please stay in Washington, we’ll get rid of Cousins for you..just please stay.. You Doctson, Reed, Davis…maybe Garcon will want to stay ..we’ll be good with McCoy or Kaep or maybe even Romo

  3. “The team with the better QB will get the nod”….

    Interesting. Will the Redskins even know who their QB will be in 2017 by Thursday?

  4. Not a Buccaneers fan, but I can see him signing with them. He would be a great addition for a great, young quarterback who already has a great receiver to throw to.

  5. I bet he signs with Tampa Bay. Good young QB with a strong arm. Great WR in Mike Evans across from him would definitely open up the deep ball. Homerun threat in Jackson. Great weather in TB. Offensive division rivals in ATL and NO. They could definitely use him. Plus TB has a lot of great young defensive players. They could easily compete for the best team in the division this year if/when he signs there.

  6. Dude is a merc, but I can’t say I don’t blame him. It’s unlikely he’ll be back in DC on a reasonable deal, but I’d like to have him back for a few more years before his speed takes a turn for the worse.

  7. Exactly how big of a contract is he expecting? It’s not like we’re talking about a top 5 or even top 10 WR in the NFL… This guys best days are already behind him and he’s never been known as a good locker room guy either. I don’t see him getting big guaranteed money, no way.

  8. no way in the world he should get a big payday…he disappears in far too many games and he also has a history of injuries

  9. “All things equal, the team with the better quarterback will likely get the nod.”

    There goes the Viking’s chances, they will have to resort to playing Treadslow.

  10. Although a dynamic threat, I wouldn’t want to throw too much money Jackson’s way, his only threat is the deep ball other than that he’s not going to give much of anything else that would justify the contract he may get. And as a small stature fellow he gets hurt easily and far too often. He is a difference maker, however, again I’m not sure I’d want to give up that much loot to bring him in and at 30 and getting older this deal may be a crap shoot.

  11. I’d offer him vet minimum. A 30 year old who’s a speed guy who hasn’t played a full season since 2013 doesn’t merit a big money contract. That speed could be gone in a moment and then you’re left with a mercenary with a bad ROI. No thanks.

  12. Agreed that the QB situation will definitely factor in if the contract offers are similar.

    Money talks, but he’s got plenty of it and has already demonstrated that it isn’t everythign to him. For example, he voluntarily gave up $250,000 last offseason because he didn’t want to fly from CA to DC for a mandatory 3-day minicamp. Must be nice!

  13. No matter what – it will be cheaper to trade for Brandin Cooks than it will be to sign Desean Jackson.

    Plus – Cooks is much younger – no injury concern – and faster and cheaper.

    Neutral – they are both drama queens – so that’s a wash.

  14. Someone is going to get burned by this guy. And I don’t mean the defenses covering him either.

  15. Guy quits on his team regularly if he’s not in the mood to play on any given day or is pissed off for some reason.

    Not the kind of person I’d give a huge contract to.

  16. At his age, he’s on the verge of losing a step or two; in 7 of the 9 seasons he’s played in the NFL he played less than the full 16 games; despite appearing to be a model citizen while a Redskin, he comes with locker room baggage.

    Nonetheless, someone will over pay for him.

    I’m actually kinda glad that the Eagles don’t have a lot of cap room.

  17. He leads the league in receptions over 20, 40 and 50 yards not to mention scores of 50 plus yards. Yeah, who wants that?

  18. This is a total slam dunk..Tampa has an upcoming QB, a top #1 WR already, plenty of cap space, a direct need for a deep threat, and they have no state income tax…and this team just missed the playoffs. I hope the bucs don’t overpay though because I’d like to see them add Calias Cambell.

    Add those two, and get McCaffery in round #1 and the bucs will be superbowl bound.

  19. He will miss most of traing camp with a pulled muscle, play 12 games, catch 60 passes for 800 yards and 6 TD’s. You will give him 32m guaranteed and you will pulling your hair out by the 3rd year of the deal. That’s what get in Djax.

  20. As a Buc fan I’m a little scared of signing this guy to his last big contract of his career, but a legit deep threat across from Evans is definitely needed. Jameis’ deep passes are regularly overthrown so a guy like Jackson could be a good fit as someone who can make up ground while the ball is in the air.

  21. He gave Washington very good years. I’m not saying he’s worth it, but without him Kirk Cousins doesn’t have 1,005 yards and 4 TDs.

    He was the first deep threat Washington had in probably over a decade since Moss was in his prime. I’m thankful we got him in his prime.

    I hope for his sake he gets paid–he probably won’t stay healthy but if a team with a cheap QB contract like Tampa picks him up on a 2-year deal–they’ll have a chance for a big play any time he’s on the field.

  22. Bucs will sign him to a 5 year, $55million contract just like they did with Vincent Jackson 5 years ago(Probably $30 million guaranteed). Then Tampa will have an amazing offense to compete with Atlanta and New Orleans! Probably draft a RB in April…Cook, McCaffrey, Foreman, Kamara, etc. Jameis Winston and that team will be exciting to watch!

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Tampa splurged onDefense and brought in Dontari Poe or Calais Campbell to shore up the D-line too!

  23. “One trick pony? Yeah, but that’s a pretty durn good and valuable trick, and he does it better than anyone else in the league.”

    Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, and Deandre Hopkins can do that one trick better and can also run routes.

  24. @ metalup666:

    All those guys are much better overall receivers than DJax is. But they are NOT better deep threats. They don’t have Jackson’s lethal combination of speed, elusiveness, ball-tracking ability and hands. This is reflected in Jackson’s leading the league last season in yards per reception.

  25. Any1 who says he’s a 1 trick pony should probably admit they don’t watch football outside of their favorite team. The guy is lethal on screens, slants, comebacks, and corner routes. He’s probably taken just as many TDS to the house on little 10 yard slants as he has on the deep ball.

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