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One last time, Jackson not a fit for Panthers

3/23/2014

ORLANDO -- If you're holding out hope the Carolina Panthers will make a deal for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson during the NFL owners meeting in Orlando, let it go.

It's not happening.

The Panthers don't have any interest in trading for Jackson even though they have been reported as one of several teams that have inquired. Don't look for that to change even if Jackson is released, which is the apparent direction this is headed.

As mentioned several times over the past few days, Jackson will want too much money regardless of whether he's traded or released. You don't go from the $10.25M he's scheduled to get this year at Philadelphia to half of that.

Plus, there's his selfish me-first attitude one has to consider.

To go after Jackson after releasing Steve Smith, the team's all-time leading receiver, because there was concern he could be a locker room distraction would be hard to explain.

This isn't to suggest the Panthers won't still sign a veteran to work with Pittsburgh free agent Jerricho Cotchery, signed last week.

It just won't be Jackson.

So while dreams may come true in Disney World not far from where the owners will meet from Monday through Wednesday, the dream some have that No. 10 for the Eagles will wear a Carolina uniform won't.