It is fair to say the release of DeSean Jackson today by the Philadelphia Eagles has caused some controversy.
But as the 2014 Pro Bowler continues to combat accusations of gang affiliations, some NFL teams are firming up their interest in Jackson.
Just hours after his release, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera put on record his interest in bringing Jackson to the franchise:
"We'd be interested. He's an intriguing player and we'll take a look at him," he revealed to USA Today.
"I just got word and this is surprising to hear. He's an explosive player who has great vertical speed and is strong going to the ball."
The Panthers are likely to face competition from a host of NFL teams after the surprising move was confirmed today, but the Carolina outfit are desperate to fill an increasingly sparse WR depth chart after the departure of Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn, Jr.
Jackson is coming of a career-year which included 82 catches, 1,322 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013-14.
And Rivera revealed he has already discussed the possiblity of bringing him to Carolina with Panthers GM Dacw Gettleman.
The Panthers will have to find a way of finding extra cap space with just $5 million available at present and Jackson having been expected to bring in over $10 million next season if they are serious about adding him to their roster.
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