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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
DeSean Jackson pursuit had familiar ring

By Bill Williamson

The San Francisco 49ers' interest in DeSean Jackson ended the same way as their other pursuits of veteran wide receivers this offseason. Jackson is heading elsewhere.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Jackson agreed to a three-year deal with the Washington Redskins late Tuesday night. The 49ers reportedly made a late run at Jackson. The only way the 49ers were going to be able to land him if is the Redskins didn't come through with a big offer. That didn't happen.

It was no surprise the 49ers were interested in Jackson, who was cut by Philadelphia on Friday. He is a field-stretching receiver and that is one of the 49ers' few needs. However, it was difficult to fathom the 49ers would win the Jackson sweepstakes because of a lack of salary-cap room. The 49ers currently have just $4.1 million under the cap with some big-money deals looming in the next year.

The 49ers looked at receiver Julian Edelman, Hakeem Nicks and Emmanuel Sanders to no avail this spring. As with Jackson, it all came down to finances.

The 49ers will no doubt turn their attention to the draft where they are expected to take a receiver as early as the first round.