Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s John Clayton Says Chiefs In Running For DeSean Jackson [UPDATE]

Apparently the chances of the Chiefs landing DeSean Jackson are not as far-fetched as one would think. John Clayton was a guest on 610 AM’s The Drive this afternoon and said he’d put his money on the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs being the two teams with the best shot at landing Jackson.

Clayton named the Jets and Chiefs as the likely destinations because of their familiarity with Jackson. New offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has already vouched for Jackson, according to Clayton, and the Chiefs have Jackson ties with Andy Reid, offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, and wide receivers/assistant head coach David Culley. This would take away some of the concerns coming out this afternoon about Jackson’s potential gang connections as it would mean Reid vetted and vouched for Jackson.

Clayton also said he thinks Kansas City is the team most likely to give a long-term commitment to Jackson because of their need at wide receiver and because of Reid’s relationship with Jackson. A longer contract means the Chiefs have more flexibility to distribute guaranteed money, which could help should a bidding war arise. The Jets’ recent signing of Eric Decker may prevent them from spending big money or going long-term on Jackson.

There shouldn’t be too many concerns about the salary cap should the Chiefs be able to land Jackson. We talked earlier today about how his contract can be structured in a way to fits KC’s cap needs. Terez A. Paylor added to the discussion on Twitter saying the Chiefs could save up to $9.5 million in cap space as early as next year by cutting Dwayne Bowe.

This tweet emphasizes how much cap flexibility the Chiefs have in the short and long term when it comes to creating a contract for Jackson. With the growing cap limits and because the Chiefs did not overspend during the initial wave of free agency, Kansas City should be able to keep Bowe, sign Jackson, and hold onto players like Justin Houston and Eric Berry.

The question now is how much does Jackson want to come to Kansas City? The money should be there no matter where he goes, it’s just a matter of if New York or potentially Oakland (Jackson is from LA) is more appealing to him. One would think we should find out sooner than later.


Add Yahoo! to the list of sources who say the Chiefs are in on Jackson.


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  • Paul Wilkins

    Desean Jackson would be an incredible addition to our team! I hope we can find a way to make him a Chief!!!

    • paul pace

      Here, here!!

  • Patrick Allen

    You have to figure, the first thing John Dorsey did when he got to KC, after he evaluated the roster, was sit down with his cap guys to talk about the future of the club.

    They clearly sat down and decided that they needed to spend big money in the short term to keep Branden Albert and Dwayne Bowe. They then began planning for the future by drafting Fisher.

    This train left the station this time last year.

    Bowe has terrific incentive to perform well this season. He is essentially in a contract year. If he wants to get that cheese from the Chiefs, he needs to show up. If he wants to get that cheese on the free agent market if the Chiefs cut him anyway, he needs to show up.

    • Michael Shaw

      Contract year?? I thought D-Bowe signed a multi-year deal LAST year which is why we franchised Albert. Did I miss something?? Again!!!

      • Patrick Allen

        From above:

        “FYI, according to @corryjoel if the #Chiefs cut Dwayne Bowe after June 1 next year they can save $9.5 million on the 2015 cap”

        That essentially puts Bowe in a position to lose a bunch of money if the Chiefs cut him. Then he will be a free agent. If he plays like crap this year and they cut him, they save a bunch of money and he is on the market with lower value. If he plays well, he might not get cut, thus keeps getting his big contract and if he does get cut, he is on the open market with high value.

        • Michael Shaw

          Ah, see that is some info I didn’t have. Great job as usual Paddy!!

  • Michael Shaw

    I am on the line on this one. I know we need a WR with DeSean’s skills, but do we really need his shitbird attitude???? If the Eagles cannot afford to pay him the money that he wants, then how the hell are we able to throw our hat into this ring?????

    • Josh Landers

      I never heard anything about this when Reid was in Philly.

      • Michael Shaw

        One of the Philly journalists re-posted an excerpt from it when D-Jax got released.

    • micah stephenson

      I’m thinking with the controversy around him and the gang stuff, his asking price might go down. We prolly still don’t have enough to sign him.

      • Michael Shaw

        So if we sign him, what QB do you want at #23? LOL! In all seriousness, I don’t really think the gang stuff affects his value for a team like the Riaders. If you are correct and it does affect his status with most teams, then I am pretty sure we have a better shot at him, though I agree we still don’t have enough cap space for him!!!

        • micah stephenson

          Meziel, Bridgewater, Bortles or Carr. Yea we have no money to spend.

      • PunjabiPete

        Highly doubt this. Jackson knows there is a coach somewhere who, even if it’s true, is willing to shell out what he’s asking…

    • PunjabiPete

      No offense, but where is the line of fantastic wide receivers who don’t run their mouths and get silly penalties with the overly-choreographed touchdown dance routines? (Seeing Andre Johnson do the 11 minute interpretive dance of the evolution of the Aborijine was a bit much)

      Name the last BIG name wide receiver Kansas City’s had not named Dwayne Bowe? I’m struggling to think of anyone since Andre Rison that’s been a big name wideout, but that may just be me…

      I think if anyone can quell the internal storm that is DeSean Jackson, it’s a certain Andrew Reid. Let’s get it done

  • Tristian

    Personally guys I think he needs a place like kc. Hard hat and lunch pail kinda city. Philly new york LA no he dodoesn’t need a big city. Plus rhe Andy Reid connection is natural. He needs a place that he can come in and keep his head down and just prove he is the worker he says he is despite the reports from high ranking officials on his team. If he isnt in trouble ok prove it. This would be the perfect place for him. And yes Alex Smith can get him the football. Id still give him an incentive laden deal because nobody releases a 27 year old multiple pro bowl receiver because of reports. There is something Philadelphia knows and whatever they know made them make this drastic of a move just like with Terrell Owens in 2006. But he will be highly highly motivated to prove people wrong. But I caution everyone on 2 things. If the eagle’s let him go thats a big deal. They don’t cut talent unless there is a legit problem. 2 Guys who get spurned by thier former teams like to go to a place where that former team is on the schedule. Eagles as far as I know arent.

  • chief4ever

    Timing is perfect …maybe we can sign him ! It would make our 23rd spot in the draft worth more also….perhaps be able to move down and get a 2nd or another 3rd….Trust Dorsey !

  • chief4ever

    But do not be surprised if he signs in Denver !

    • Michael Shaw


  • Chris Tarrants

    That would make me excited, it’s been a long time since I have been excited by a signing. Last one was Ty Law, yes it’s been that long

  • Yusef Andrew

    What an addition DeSean would be for our team lets go Jets let’s get him right away he would be a gr8 fit and I would luv to have him wit Mike Vick Wow I would luv that a lot and all tha other fans hopefully we can get him with Coach Mornhinweg! It would be a very smart move for us!…#Go GangGreen

  • David Fritch

    DeSean Jackson put up a monster first half against
    the Washington Redskins on “Monday Night Football,” and he represented
    his hometown crew quite well in the game. In fact, Jackson was seen
    throwing up a Crips gang sign on Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall after catching a pass in the second quarter.

    Jackson caught a 14-yard pass on 3rd and 8 midway through the second,
    and Hall was penalized 15 yards for making a horse collar tackle. After
    getting up, Jackson went right back at Hall and pushed him. The two
    continued to jaw as they lined up for the next play, which is when
    Jackson dropped the set on Hall.

    [Related: DeSean Jackson throws up Crips gang sign on Instagram]

    Jackson is from Los Angeles and has been repping Crips as long as
    he’s been in the league. His record label is called Jaccpot, and it’s
    not misspelled because he’s a dummy; the Cs are for Crips. Jackson also
    went to Long Beach Poly for high school, which is the same school where
    Snoop Dogg, another Crips member, attended. In fact, Jackson recently
    released a song called “Diamonds on my neck” featuring Snoop Dogg. DeSean was seen throwing up the Cs in that music video: