With hindsight the exit of DeSean Jackson from the Philadelphia Eagles should not have been the surprise it was. For all Jackson's undoubted talent the individual will only be given so much latitude in a team sport.
Jackson raised hackles in the Eagle's hierarchy with persistent contract demands and a lax attitude to attending team meetings. Added to this were rumours that he had gang connections. In a post-Aaron Hernandez world these rumours seem to have been the last straw that led to Jackson's release.
As Jackson looks to move forward with his career it is important to remember that rumours of gang affiliations are just that rumours. Jackson has no criminal record.
The record that Jackson does have is that of a three time pro bowler who last season set a personal season best of 1332 yards at 83.2 yards per game. 1332 yards is a number that means almost any team would take Jackson at the right price.
Budgetary constraints and Jackson's high wages rule most most teams out though. The four teams left in the chase for DeSean Jackson are the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders.
Let's assess how good a fit they are though?
Although not initially seen as a favourite to sign Jackon NFL media insider Ian Rapoport described the Bills as “serious suitors”.
Jackson would certainly be a potent, and much needed, weapon for the Bills offence. No Bills wide receiver went over 700 yards last season and tight end Scott Chandler lead with 655. Jackson got over double that number by himself.
Added to this the Bills do have the cap space to buy Jackson. However would their organisation see Jackson as worth the risk? With the death of long time owner Ralph Wilson his family have made clear their intention to sell. Also does Jackson see himself playing at Buffalo. I'm not so sure.
The Raider's have already been really active in free agency this season so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch for them to dip back in with the intention of signing Jackson.
Aside from the mountains of cash that the Raiders are sitting the most important factor in their favour is the location. Jackson went to college not far from Oakland and rumours suggest that the Raiders are interested.
On the downside though Jackson would have to ask whether he wants to put his faith in new Raider's signing Matt 'Pick six' Schaub. A receiver is only as good as the balls that are being thrown to him.
Despite not featuring strongly in the initial talk the Redskins have emerged from the pack as perhaps the keenest suitors.
The Redskins moved quickly to register their interest arranging a two day visit for Jackson at the start of the week. Adding Jackson to the Redskins offence could make the Washington outfit serious contenders.
Already they have wide receiver Pierre Garcon who made 1,346 yards last season. If they succeed in bringing in DeSean Jackson's 1332 yards also they would suddenly look like serious contenders.
The Redskins are in pole position for now in my mind.
New York Jets
On paper the Jets would be a great fit for Jackson. They not only tick the requisite financial box but Jackson also seems to fit easily into the current set up. Although the Jets have added Erik Decker to the roster wide receiver is still not a strong spot.
On top of this the Jets have brought in Jackson's former team mate QB Michael Vick. It doesn't take a large amount of imagination to see Jackson joining back up with his former team-mate. Furthermore owner Woody Johnson spoke amount wanting Jackson a week ago before the player was even available as a free agent.
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