Can anyone use a 27-year-old Pro Bowl receiver who caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns a season ago? Apparently not the Philadelphia Eagles, as they shockingly released DeSean Jackson last week.
Where might he land? For what it's worth, ESPN is reporting that Jackson "is deep in negotiations with two teams previously not mentioned as having interest." Expect him to decide this week. Here's a look at Bovada's NFL odds on that prop.
Think Jackson might make Robert Griffin III a little better? The Skins already have a dynamic rushing attack with RGIII and Alfred Morris but aren't great at receiver. Pierre Garcon had a career year in 2013 but Santana Moss's best days are behind him. Jackson would no doubt love to sign with an NFC East team just to stick it to Philly twice a year. Skins owner Dan Snyder has been uncharacteristically quiet this offseason and you know he's itching to make a splash. Jackson will visit with the Skins on Tuesday.
Oakland Raiders (3/1)
Reportedly one reason the Eagles cut Jackson was because of his gang ties. Well then what better team to sign with than the Raiders? Jackson is from California and played his college ball in the Bay Area at Cal. The Raiders could actually be competitive for once if they added Jackson to offseason additions Matt Schaub and Maurice Jones-Drew.
Buffalo Bills (5/1)
It's hard to see a flamboyant California kid like Jackson deciding to go play in the winter backwoods of Buffalo. Maybe if Jim Kelly was still the quarterback.
San Francisco 49ers
Would landing Jackson make the Niners the Super Bowl favorites at sportsbooks over the arch-rival Seattle Seahawks? San Francisco's offense could be spectacular with Jackson added to a full season of Michael Crabtree, who missed much of 2013.
New York Jets (7/1)
Almost all receivers are divas so from a marketing standpoint joining the Jets would make the most sense for Jackson as his Q-rating would take a huge jump in the media capital of the world. Perhaps the fact that New York already has Michael Vick on hand will help in recruiting Jackson. Jets owner Woody Johnson has said his team was interested and New York offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, formerly in the same job with the Eagles, has vouched for Jackson. However, GM John Idzik apparently isn't on board with the move. Yet.
Seattle made a big move at receiver last season in trading for Percy Harvin and won the Super Bowl despite getting essentially nothing from him during the regular season. Pete Carroll knows Jackson from his Pac-12 days and has never been shy in taking on challenging personalities. The Hawks do appear to have a need at the position with Golden Tate and Sidney Rice both having departed. But can the Seahawks afford Jackson? They have to give big extensions to Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and, soon, Russell Wilson.
Carolina has to be thanking its lucky stars. It has lost its top three receivers from last season in Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn. Right now the Cats' starters look to be Marvin McNutt and Jerricho Cotchery, not exactly Jerry Rice and John Taylor. Coach Ron Rivera has said the team has interest but the Charlotte Observer quotes two team sources as saying it won't happen. Too bad as this makes the most sense of all purely from a need standpoint.
New England Patriots
Bill Belichick was able to deal with Randy Moss so Jackson would be pretty easy in that regard. It's not really a need position, though, with the re-signing of Julian Edelman and the addition of Carolina's LaFell.
Kansas City Chiefs
This would have made sense as obviously Kansas City coach Andy Reid knows Jackson as well as anyone. Kansas City could use an upgrade at the position as the Chiefs' group of receivers was last in the NFL in 2013 in targets, catches and yardage. Yet after first checking in on Jackson now the Chiefs are apparently passing.
NFL free pick: Jackson heads to Oakland as long as Snyder doesn't blow him away with a big offer on Tuesday. The Raiders need a drawing card and to give their fans some hope. Last season, in his only career NFL game in Oakland, Jackson caught six passes for 150 yards and a touchdown.