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Our NFL Nation reporters assess the level of interest in signing Jackson.
|Team||Quick Take||Chances of Signing|
|Like every team, the Cowboys could use a talent like Jackson. Teaming him up with Dez Bryant would be a tough combination and keep Terrance Williams as the No. 3 receiver, but how many times have we heard coach Jason Garrett talk about the "right kind of guy?" The Eagles clearly didn't think he was the right kind of guy. -- Todd Archer||Low|
|The Giants could certainly use him as an immediate upgrade to their wide receiver corps, and it seems as though he would work very well in a Ben McAdoo offense that works to get the ball in the hands of playmakers. Jackson fits the same age profile (27, 28) of pretty much everyone the Giants have signed this offseason, but the cost makes this an unlikely move for the Giants. -- Dan Graziano||Low|
|Jackson would be best served going to a situation that could provide him a strong sense of stability and could handle the issues he seems to have. I don't think Washington, with a first-year head coach and an organization trying to be more low key these days, is such a place right now. -- John Keim||Low|
|Although everyone can use a talent such as Jackson, Arizona doesn't have any pressing needs that would make signing him make sense. And, although the Cardinals are known to take risks on players -- Tyrann Mathieu -- this is an entirely different spectrum of risk, and the Cardinals will stay far away from it. -- Josh Weinfuss||Low|
|The Rams don't have much cap space to work a high-priced player into the mix. Although the Rams could use an elite talent at receiver, a small, speedy type seems awfully redundant with last season's first-round pick, Tavon Austin. -- Nick Wagoner||Low|
|Reports Tuesday of the 49ers' interest in Jackson make sense. He'd be a perfect fit on the field. But there are still issues that would need to be resolved before he would end up in San Francisco. The 49ers have $4.1 million in salary cap room and have many big contracts on the horizon, including quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
-- Bill Williamson
|With the loss of Golden Tate to free agency, Jackson would fill a huge need for the Seahawks, and there are rumors of Seattle's interest, but at what price, monetarily and in other areas? They already have one receiver making more than $10 million per year in Percy Harvin.
-- Terry Blount
|The Bears probably would not have enough footballs to go around if they signed Jackson, considering all the weapons they have -- Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte -- but they do need to replace Pro Bowl kick returner Devin Hester, and Jackson has four career punt returns for touchdowns. -- Rob Demovsky||Low|
|The Lions have little to no reason to go after Jackson. They have two talented receivers, Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, and are likely to take a receiver in the draft as well. Plus, the Lions have worked hard to have a high-character locker room, and, if the things written about Jackson lately are true, it would be highly unlikely Detroit would go after him. -- Michael Rothstein||Low|
|The Packers could use another receiver, considering they lost James Jones to the Oakland Raiders in free agency, but they're high on Jarrett Boykin as a No. 3 receiver behind Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. Both Cobb and Nelson have contracts that expire after this season, and the Packers likely would rather spend their money on those two rather than an outsider. -- Rob Demovsky||Low|
|Yes, they have $12.87 million of salary-cap room, but their top three receiver spots are filled with Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson and Jerome Simpson. -- John Clayton||Low|
|Although Jackson would be a nice weapon for any team, I don't see the Falcons taking a chance on signing him. General manager Thomas Dimitroff continues to emphasize the need for high-character guys and not compromising for talent. Plus, the Falcons need to focus on getting top receiver Julio Jones back to speed because he's the main threat they need. -- Vaughn McClure||Low|
|The Panthers had no interest in trading for Jackson a week ago, sources told me. Coach Ron Rivera told USA Today the Panthers would have interest, but, if you know Rivera, he was just being nice. Between the lack of salary-cap room and reports of Jackson's off-field issues, this isn't a good fit, even for a team in need of wide receiver help.
-- David Newton
|The Saints do have a need for a dynamic playmaker in their receiving corps and in their return game, but Jackson seems like a long shot. If the character concerns are serious, they probably would stay away. If they aren't serious, the Saints probably can't afford him. -- Mike Triplett||Low|
|The Buccaneers finished last in passing yards last season and could use a speed receiver. Jackson would complement Vincent Jackson, who led the team with 78 catches for 1,224 yards, but Jackson has baggage the team doesn't need. -- Pat Yasinskas||Low|
|The Bills might have trouble luring Jackson, a California native, to Buffalo, N.Y., but they have the cap space ($14.19 million) to do it. Although the Bills are more in need of size at receiver than speed, a player of Jackson's talent could be hard to pass up. -- Mike Rodak||Medium|
|New Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor knows Jackson well from their time in Philadelphia, but cost, plus Miami's depth at receiver, lowers the chance of Jackson rejoining Lazor in Miami. -- James Walker||Medium|
|It was less than one year ago the Patriots cut ties with tight end Aaron Hernandez just hours before he was arrested in relation to criminal charges. Although we might not have all the information the Eagles had, it's clear that off-field concerns were a major part of this decision. Those concerns could be enough for the Patriots to discount the possibility of signing Jackson. -- Field Yates||Low|
|Despite the addition of Eric Decker, the Jets need a fast receiver. But after examining the situation, GM John Idzik will rely on the receiver-rich draft to find that guy.. -- Rich Cimini||Low|
|They spent much of their cash reserves and used plenty of salary-cap space in four major moves to open free agency. They are, with about $6 million in usable cap space, looking toward more role-specific signings and to a deep receiver pool in the draft. -- Jeff Legwold||Low|
|The Chiefs need an elite receiver, and Jackson excelled playing for Andy Reid in Philadelphia, but the Chiefs' inability to win a bidding war would make signing Jackson difficult. -- Adam Teicher||Low|
|A playmaking, game-changing receiver would help jump-start the new Matt Schaub-led offense. And, after posting career highs of 82 catches, 1,332 receiving yards and nine TDs last season, Jackson is still young at 27. Plus, he played collegiately at nearby Cal, so he'd be comfortable in the area. -- Paul Gutierrez||Medium|
|San Diego has a need for a playmaking receiver who could also help in the return game. Jackson would join fellow Cal product Keenan Allen to create an explosive 1-2 punch at receiver. But the Chargers have limited salary-cap space and more likely will look to the draft to find another playmaker for veteran quarterback Philip Rivers.
-- Eric D. Williams
|The Ravens made their big move at wide receiver when they signed Steve Smith in free agency. That addition gives the Ravens their deepest wide receiver group in years, with Steve Smith joining Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown. Plus, the Ravens are looking to extend the contract of Torrey Smith before the draft. -- Jamison Hensley||Low|
|As intriguing as a Jackson-A.J. Green receiving tandem might be, it's one the Bengals have no business entertaining. They are already solid enough at their pass-catching positions with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu and tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert.
-- Coley Harvey
|Jackson is an immense talent coming off a career season, and he'd look wonderful lining up opposite Josh Gordon. His addition would also allow the Browns to focus on Khalil Mack or Greg Robinson in the draft. It's appealing, but I don't see the Browns being interested in him. He brings too much baggage for a growing team. -- Pat McManamon||Low|
|Jackson is a terrific talent who is a game-changer as a wide receiver and as a punt returner. The Steelers are already paying big money to Antonio Brown, and, with the least amount of salary-cap space of any team, the Steelers can't afford to sign Jackson to the kind of contract he will seek. -- Scott Brown||Low|
|Jackson denied a report from NJ.com that his associations with gang members were part of the Eagles' issues with him, but I think the existence of the question will be enough for the Texans to shy away.
-- Tania Ganguli
|Jackson's talents would go perfectly with quarterback Andrew Luck and the rest of the Colts' offense. Reggie Wayne is on the tail end of his career, and Indianapolis needs to start searching for a receiver to complement T.Y. Hilton. Jackson and Hilton would put on a show together for years to come, but the signing of former New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks on March 14 likely ends any thought of that happening. -- Mike Wells||Low|
|The Jaguars need playmakers on offense, and Jackson is one of the league's best, but it would be a surprise if the Jaguars were interested. They weren't among the teams that expressed interest when Jackson was on the trading block. The draft is pretty deep at receiver, and the Jaguars can find help there, possibly Sammy Watkins with the No. 3 pick. -- Michael DiRocco||Low|
|If he has the sort of off-field connections being reported, the Titans wouldn't go near him. And, although Jackson is a great player, Kendall Wright has a similar skill set and is Tennessee's best offensive player.
-- Paul Kuharsky