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Friday, March 28, 2014
Quick thoughts on DeSean Jackson

By Adam Teicher

DeSean Jackson is now available to any of the NFL teams after he was released Friday by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Kansas City Chiefs have a need for an elite wide receiver and they are coached by Andy Reid, who drafted Jackson when he coached the Eagles.

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From those angles, Jackson coming to the Chiefs makes plenty of sense. But it's rarely that easy and it certainly isn't in Jackson's case.

First, there's this: Jackson's reported gang connections. I would think this is enough to give pause to any team's pursuit of Jackson.

Then there's the money situation. The Chiefs are down to about $4.5 million of salary cap room. Only five teams have a smaller amount. Their cap situation looks like it will be tight again in 2015. They are in no position to take on a huge annual salary or win any bidding wars, and that's what it might take to land Jackson.

For what it's worth, here's what Reid had to say Tuesday about Jackson at the NFL meetings in Orlando, Fla., before he was released by the Eagles.

"I have nothing but good things to say about the kid," Reid said. "I did draft him. I had a great relationship with him, when his father passed away, that was a hard thing for him to go through at a young age. They were best friends. I've experienced life things with him, so I would tell you he was great for me when I was there.”

Asked whether he was surprised that the Eagles would be trying to trade Jackson, Reid said, "I don't know what's real and what's not real. I haven't looked into it either way. I've stayed away. I don't really care about that, so I don't know what's real and what's not real. I'm happy that he had a great year. I'm happy that Chip [Kelly] had a great year with him and that's where it stops for me.”