Sept. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid talks with quarterback Michael Vick (7) and wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) on the field during the game against the Arizona Cardinals in the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 27 - 6. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

What We Know So Far About DeSean Jackson

What has been a relatively quite off season for the Chiefs today got a lot louder today with the release of DeSean Jackson by the Philadelphia Eagles. To help clean things up a little bit, here is what we know about Jackson as of this writing and where it could possible go from here.

Terez A. Paylor reported last week the Chiefs were out of the trade bidding for Jackson, but would be interested in signing him if the Eagles were to release him.

Things changed this afternoon when a story came out from which associated Jackson with a gang in Los Angeles. The Eagles needed only 35 minutes after the story broke to tweet out they had released Jackson, which made him a free agent.

We’ve known of Andy Reid’s connection to Jackson and that the two got along, but we didn’t know how the gang allegations would effect if the Chiefs would pursue Jackson.

A few hours after Jackson’s release, 610 Sports reported the Chiefs had made contact with Jackson’s agent and expressed interest. This got the ball rolling that the Chiefs may make a run for Jackson.

Question arose about whether or not the Chiefs could afford to sign Jackson given their small salary cap space for 2014. Using Dwayne Bowe as a guide, we pointed out the salary cap is a fungible thing that can be manipulated to fit in a player like Jackson if the Chiefs were creative.

Things took another big step forward when ESPN’s John Clayton went on 610 AM’s “The Drive” and said he’d put money on either the New York Jets or Chiefs signing Jackson. Clayton noted the influence of Reid and how the Chiefs may be more willing than other teams to give Jackson a long-term deal. Shortly after the interview, Yahoo! reported the Chiefs, Jets, and Oakland Raiders were the early players for Jackson.

It is unlikely anything major will be done soon in terms of visits or signings, but unlikely Jackson will be on the market for long. The perception seems to be the Chiefs need to move quickly if they want to land Jackson.

There are several other teams interested in Jackson, according to reports, so speed may be key for the Chiefs in this instance. It should be noted Jackson mentioned Andy Reid in his statement after being released by the Eagles, so the Chiefs may use the connection to try and get ahead of the game with him. It should also be noted offensive coordinator Doug Pederson and assistant coach/wide receivers coach David Culley worked with Jackson in Philadelphia, too.

And that’s what we know so far.

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  • Deaudrey Dre-Mac MacDonald

    If we get Jackson just make sure his agent doesn’t have HorseFace on the other line to try to scoop him up!! Lol jk but seriously this would be awesome if we can get a player like Jackson. Excitement through the roof at TerrorHead!!

    • sidibeke

      Wouldn’t signing DeSean be a big F you to horse face. After all, we wouldn’t even be in the market had they not signed Samuel.

  • redchiefs

    Would Eric Berry AND Tamba Hali be willing to restructure contracts to add Jackson? I remember when John Elway went a year without a salary to get pro bowl players on his team. (they won the SB that year). If the Chiefs players want to think SB then the Vets need to consider some restructuring.

    • tm1946

      Only they have not done so. Did Dorsey ask, did they refuse. The soap opera continues.

      • redchiefs

        Agreed, we don’t know what all is going on. I’m just making a point if Jackson is really that good I’d give a little to add the quality (pro bowl?) he brings over a rookie who’ll hit a wall at mid season. Consider also he’s been in our offense for years and this QB is better than what he had. Let’s look at how this offense took off and could play lights out the second half of the season in it’s first year here. Now Alex Smith would have a very good receiver who will play instinctively.

        • Bill

          my point is that it doesn’t have to be any kind of a financial sacrifice for Berry. I completely believe it’s 99% about the money for the players, especially for a young players like Berry. In fact I’d say this offseason
          would be a failure for Dorsey if he doesn’t manage to restructure some of the big contracts. Of course I seem to be in the minority that thinks he overpaid last offseason and he is at least partially to blame for the cap situation this year. Pioli may not have hit on all his early draft picks, but he always left cap space to put the team over the playoff hump if/when KC got competitive.

    • Bill

      I don’t think it’s that dramatic, especially for Berry. He has plenty of years left and restructured contract could benefit him as well as give us some cap room this year.

      • redchiefs

        Not saying it’s dramatic on their end. BUT it’s happened over and over that teams playing deep in the playoffs have very good players who sometimes will restructure to add a very good skill player. You may be right if you’re saying that BOTH shouldn’t need to restructure, they seem to both be quality players who would consider it if it would added somewhat significantly to the team.

  • sidibeke

    However this shakes out, just made FA more exciting.

  • Daniel Mayfield

    Hey ppl!!! Don’t get to excited! Please! If you do and it doesn’t happen, then you’re gonna go crazy!

    I’d LOVE to see Jackson on the team! It would definitely upgrade the team since the players we lost. We need a high ranked WR with Bowe.

    I’m sure they can restructure something with 1 of the players. 1 on my mind is Colquitt. He got a pretty high contract…can’t remember the $ but everybody was blownup cause of it, saying they’ve never seen a punter get a contract like his before.

    • d-block

      I could see Hali being targeted. He seems like the type of person that would put the team before himself.

      • Daniel Mayfield

        Yeah, I can too. Question is…how much $ is on his contract? There’s plenty of players I can see doing it. There’s just a few that only have this season up and then they need/should resign them. 1 that’s on the top of my mind is Houston.

  • Brian Dempsey

    Perhaps trade Avery to somebody for a 2015 7th rounder. That would free up some cap space.

  • jimfromkcj

    I hate to always be the contrarian, but have any of you even thought about all the negative outcome of signing Jackson? First is the question of why the Eagles would want to let him go without seeking any kind of compensation for him. There has to be serious problems for them to just let loose possibly the best receiver they have for zilch. And then there have been mention of what it would take to make him a Chief and it ranges in the 8 to 10 million dollars worth. If we are to go by over the cap that would make our receiver corps getting 1/5th of our total cap. And I have serious doubt that a team with 5 unproven offensive linemen starting and a defence that is basically the same as last year which folded at the end of the year is going to compete for a division title, let alone a super bowl next year. They might not even win as many games as this last season. And probably the net result will be that we will be hovering around the pick 18 or 20 next draft. Not conducive to drafting a franchise anything. So I see zero benefit from obtaining Jackson and lots of negatives that we might face.

  • Juanita Johnson

    We need a 6’4″ receiver or better, would give our QB a taller target with good separation and speed! Comments