Jan 23, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson (10) at practice for the 2014 Pro Bowl at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Money Appears To Be Biggest Issue With DeSean Jackson

Things with DeSean Jackson are starting to get weird.

First, we know – for now anyway – the Chiefs are out on DeSean Jackson. This comes from Ian Rapoport, who right now is the only one definitely stating the Chiefs are not in the running for him.

However, the Chiefs being out may have less to do with the reports surrounding Jackson’s alleged gang connections and more about the money he is asking for from interested teams. Consider these tweets.



There seems to be a disconnect between what Jackson’s value is on this market and what Jackson thinks it should be. John Dorsey and Andy Reid have been pretty adamant about not overspending to land a player. This philosophy is why Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah, Geoff Schwartz, Dexter McCluster, and Tyson Jackson all left via free agency – the Chiefs simply are not going to overpay a player to keep them on the roster if they feel they can find an equivalent or similar player somewhere else.

These tweets also make Jackson’s scheduled visit to Washington make more sense. Washington is known for their overspending ways, and there is little doubt Jackson is going to get a big offer from them Monday. Unless Jackson is willing to come down to a fair market price, it is hard to see a team like the Chiefs, Seahawks, 49ers, or others who were thought to be interested make a move for Jackson. Even Oakland, the team with tons of salary cap space, seems uneasy about what Jackson is asking for.

We talked on Friday about how the Chiefs can make Jackson fit within the salary cap constraints they have for this season. But there is a difference between making a player’s contract fit and completely overpaying for the player. Markets change from year to year, last year would have been a great one for Jackson (see: Dwayne Bowe and Mike Wallace‘s deals). But this year, fueled by a quality draft class, the price of receivers have dropped significantly. It would be unwise for the Chiefs to overpay, and that appears to be the stance they have as of today.

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  • Andy

    Not buying it.
    We pull out before we even talk money? Chip released him after a pro bowl year?
    Professional team don’t talk about a player’s character or flaws if they change their mind.
    Ummm the jets have pulled out too..

    • berttheclock

      Roseman and Kelly released him because they were sick and tired of his constant belly aching about needing more money. He would be a cancer in the locker room of the Chiefs.

      Funny thing about wide outs in the NFL. So many say you have to draft a top wide out in the first round of the NFL draft. There are many teams who have first round draft choices on their teams and they have not smelled the Super Bowl. However, look at Green Bay where Rodgers has been blessed with several quality targets such as Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones, Jarrett Boykin, Greg Jennings and David Driver, not to forget about their TEs. However, out of the wide outs, 3 were second rounders, one was a third, one was an UDFA and one was a 7th. The other one, Chris Harper, was a 4th for the Seahawks, then, cut, picked up by the Niners, but, released after September 24, when Dorsey no longer was sitting in the first position for waiver claims and Thompson snagged him for the Packers. So, Rodgers has been sitting pretty without any Number 1 picks.

      • berttheclock

        The main reason I wrote the above is due to whenever I dream of seeing Cooks scoring TDs for the Chiefs, reality sets in and I vividly remember HIlton flying past both Lewis and Demps. Lack of defense cost us in the playoffs; not lack of any offense.

        • Bryan Staley

          I completely agree, fix the defense FIRST! We can get a quality WR in the third through the fifth rounds, Moncrief, Abbredaris, Herron or even Ryan Grant! Fix the defense first!!!

        • RepOurChiefs

          Indeed cause T.Y was most def a 3rd rd pick..92nd I believe and he lit us up like a Griswold Christmas!

        • Andy

          I also love Cooks.
          I agree our D needs help, but let me offer this as a possible issue as well. Bad D does not give up 30+ points in less than a half. Could Sutton be part of the problem as well? I truly hope not, but our D was torched the last few games without much adjustment from us.

          • Bryan Staley

            I would think that a lot of the blame would fall on Sutton. It seems like the other 31 team in the league picked up on our schemes and we did nothing to change it up and keep them on their toes.

            Another consideration though, we had quite a few injured starters toward the end of the season. Justin Houston and Tamba Hali both missed time. Although Frank Zombo filled in pretty well, we definitely missed them when they were sidelined! As for the 30 points given away in 23 minutes…….yup, that was bad! Houston was out and so was Flowers. We also didn’t have Jamaal Charles or Donnie Avery on offense thus we gave the Colts back the ball too many times on 3&outs. I think that was just a freak game and we need to try and leave it behind us…..

        • Bryan Staley

          Here’s one for you……
          Trade next years 1st to the Texans for the first pick in rounds 2,3,4&5. This is a DEEP draft and we would be able to get Cooks and possibly Tuitt plus have the extra picks this year. Hell……we could end up beating the Seahawks in next years Super Bowl and only giving up the 32nd pick of the 2015 draft!!

          Here’s to dreamin’…………..

  • Shawn Bell

    Money would be the reason we would dropped out of the running, if we did. That’s not to say that reality doesn’t set in and DJax sees his actual worth and doesn’t go for the Big Red, who his is already comfortable with. Time will truly tell. However if he ends up in the black hole, we will need better coverage to say the least.

    • berttheclock

      Why? He caught 3 for 62 and did not score for the Eagles in October and we beat them.

  • Bosco Cletus

    High priced prima donna wr’s are like a fancy car stereo, their flashy, they make a lot of noise, but they don’t make the car run. Moving along to the draft…….

  • Deaudrey Dre-Mac MacDonald

    I said this on a previous post. Dude wants money, Dorsey can scout receivers…I trust Dorsey. At least they tried.

  • e_racer

    The Chiefs have a cap issue next year too. They could fit Jackson under the cap this year if only they weren’t pressed up against the cap next year. On top of that, the Chiefs have several key players that will either have to be re-signed or replaced in the near future.

    Marquis Lee may fall to the Chiefs in the draft. He was a little off last year or the Chiefs would not be in the ball park. At the 23rd pick, Lee would could $1.4 M against the cap. Jackson would could a lot more than that next year, the year after that, and the year after that.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Curious to see how this will ultimately play out. He’s visiting Washington today.