Thursday, March 20, 2014
Trade talk: Is DeSean deAnswer for Jets?
By Rich Cimini
So now we have another trade rumor that is sure to tantalize Jets Nation: The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly listening to offers for wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who posted career numbers last season.
Are the New York Jets interested? Should they be interested?
First of all, it's amusing to hear that a team isn't actively shopping a player, but willing to field offers. The Jets weren't actively shopping Darrelle Revis last year, and look at how that turned out. The Jackson-Jets possibility has traction because his former Eagles coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, is now the Jets' coordinator and because the Jets still need a game-breaker at wide receiver. Eric Decker helps, but they need more firepower.
While you can never say "never" in the NFL, it would be a surprise if the Jets make a strong push for Jackson. Such a move would run counter to the John Idzik-ian way. Jackson's ability can't be denied (he caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards last season) and he's only 27, but there are economic and character issues that don't seem to match the general manager's philosophy.
The contract is huge. Jackson is due to make $30.5 million over the final three years of his contract, including $10.5 million this season. The money is non-guaranteed, but it would be a $10.5 million cap hit. Do the Jets want to take on another big contract at receiver after doling out $15 million guaranteed for Decker?
Jackson is straight out of the Santonio Holmes diva school. He argues with coaches, complains about his contract and does stuff to annoy the people around him. Why else would Chip Kelly, an offensive guru, want to trade a top weapon in the prime of his career? The Jets removed the wart that was Holmes, so do they really want go there again? Obviously, Mornhinweg's input would be vital. If he absolutely believes Jackson would behave and be a team guy, it would be worth a call to the Eagles to start some dialogue. If there is any hesitation, stay away.
One thing to remember: This could be the best wide receiver draft in history, and there is a good chance the Jets can acquire an impact player with the 18th pick. They could get Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, whom many say is a Jackson-type player.
If the Jets were a little further along in their development, meaning a legitimate contender, I could see Idzik making the splashy move for Jackson. You might have noticed, but Idzik is a slow builder, thinking long term over quick fix. It might not make the fans happy, but it's quite obvious that he doesn't care what the fans or media think.