On Friday afternoon the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they had released star wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson has had his ups and downs in Philly, but was without question their most productive receiver on the roster. His speed and explosiveness made him one of the best yards after catch guy in the NFL. Jackson, like the rest of the team, was getting accustomed to Chip Kelly’s up tempo offense last season and in doing so he had the best season of his career.
Jackson in 2013 had 82 receptions for 1,332 yards. Jackson accounted for nine touchdowns and was the Eagles big play threat down field. An offseason of turmoil with Jackson and the team led to his eventual release which was made official on Friday. The loss will be felt by the Eagles, but which team will be lucky enough to acquire a talent like him to their roster?
I have a list of several of teams that I feel are in the running for Jackson and could really help improve these team’s chances at making a run in 2014.
First off, I feel the Carolina Panthers would be the perfect fit for Jackson. The Panthers lost the face of the franchise earlier this offseason when they departed ways with Steve Smith. Smith was the record holder for the Panthers in multiple receiving categories. Jackson would be able to come in and fill that role of a small and fast deep threat receiver down field. The combination of Cam Newton and Jackson could produce very similar numbers to the outstanding numbers Michael Vick and Jackson put up the past two seasons.
Another team I feel that would welcome Jackson’s talents is the New York Jets. One of the reasons is because of the relationship between Vick and Jackson. They were a dynamic duo in Philly the past two seasons and the Jets need a big time wide out to provide a deep threat down field. The combination of Vick and Jackson would be very helpful for the Jets who are in desperate need of any offensive help they can possibly get.
The third team I feel that would welcome Jackson is the Denver Broncos. I only include the Broncos because the fact they have seemed to sign every big free agent so far this offseason. Jackson would provide another weapon for Peyton Manning and a Broncos offense that was record breaking in 2013. This is probably a long shot, but if the Broncos find any free money anywhere don’t be surprised if they go after Jackson.
Last, but not least, I feel the wildcard team to look out for to sign Jackson is the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers have seemed to assemble talent better than any team in the NFL the past several of years and the addition of Jackson would make that talent pool even deeper. The combination of Jackson alongside tight end Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree would give the 49ers one of, if not, the best groups of receivers in all of the NFL.
I feel whichever team is lucky enough to acquire Jackson will see instance results in 2014. I believe it was a mistake by the Eagles to let Jackson go because of egos and controversy. The Eagles should be the favorites in the NFC East in 2014 and I believe winning could have cured those ill feelings. As they say “winning solves every problem” and I feel that would have fit this situation perfectly.
That will not be the case however and Jackson is a free agent. The team that eventually gets him will be interesting to see, but as for now the Eagles will look to replace his productivity while Jackson looks for a new home. It was a great run for Jackson and the Eagles, but as they say "all good things must come to an end."