The Redskins get the first crack at talking to wide receiver DeSean Jackson on Monday and there’s wide agreement that the team would love to add Jackson to their offense.
What’s less clear is whether or not they’ll be willing to put up enough money to keep Jackson from exploring other options for the 2014 season. Mark Maske and Mike Jones of the Washington Post report that two sources with knowledge of the Redskins’ thinking say that the team is “all in” on their pursuit of Jackson, although that comes with a hedge that it is “unclear” if the team will meet Jackson’s contract demands.
A third source tells the reporters that the team will only wind up with Jackson “if he’ll come on the cheap,” however, which suggests a different description than “all in” when it comes to their interest level.
The Raiders and Bills, who have also been linked to Jackson since his release in Philadelphia, each have more cap space than the Redskins at the moment. A report on Sunday indicated that the Bills aren’t interested in getting into a bidding war for Jackson’s services. The Raiders, meanwhile, were reportedly still doing background work on the wideout while determining how to proceed.
The results of Washington’s meeting with Jackson will likely impact those teams and any others that might be interested in Jackson’s services as the Redskins can make the wideout’s stay on the open market a short one.