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Saturday, February 25, 2012
DeSean Jackson in the AFC West?

By Bill Williamson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Friday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Philadelphia Eagles are willing to trade star receiver/returner DeSean Jackson. Let’s see if he fits in the AFC West:

Denver: Former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan nearly drafted Jackson in 2008, but opted for Eddie Royal instead at No. 42. I don’t think Jackson will be coming to Denver in the John Fox era, either. The Broncos have other needs, and until the Broncos have complete clarity at quarterback, spending big at receiver might not be prudent.

Kansas City: If Dwayne Bowe leaves in free agency (I don’t think he will), I could see the Chiefs considering Jackson. He’d be a nice fit, but I’m not sure the Chiefs would give the Eagles what they would want in return for Jackson.

Oakland: The Raiders have plenty of young, fast receivers. The Raiders are going to work on getting better on defense. This pairing won’t happen.

San Diego: Like in Kansas City, a need could develop in free agency. If No. 1 receiver Vincent Jackson leaves in free agency (the Chargers likely won’t give him the franchise tag, but they would like to sign him on the open market), they could be interested in DeSean Jackson. There will be several receivers on the open market, so the Chargers might opt not to give up a premium pick for a receiver. But if Vincent Jackson leaves, there’s no doubt the game-breaking DeSean Jackson would fit in with the Chargers on offense and on special teams.