Jets could look to add Jackson alongside acquisition of Vick this off-season.
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has revealed that his organisation would be interested in Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, whether that be in a trade deal or if he is released.
Speculation continues to grow over Jackson’s future in Philadelphia, and although technically speaking he might be infringing on the rules regarding tampering, Johnson has revealed that the 27-year-old is one of the players that they’re looking at.
As a result, the Jets are likely to be monitoring the situation closely with a view of either negotiating terms with the Eagles or awaiting a decision from the two parties with Jackson potentially becoming a free agent.
“We’re looking at a number of players, including DeSean,” Johnson said, as reported by ESPN.
“He’s a very good player. We’re looking at a number of them. Trade’s not our primary operating motif right now. We’re trying to build through the draft. Building through the draft is something that is the way to build a successful team long-term.”
Johnson insisted that they would be assessing all the variables before making any move, with issues such as the ability to fit into the locker room and fit into the culture at a price that they can afford being key areas for Jackson to consider if a move becomes an option.
Jackson is set to earn $10.5m in salary in 2014 and will count $12.5m against the salary cap, and as a result any team which acquired the receiver would have to honour those terms and have the necessary cap space to make the deal happen before any re-negotiation can take place.
Averaging 17.2 yards per catch in his career with seven career 150-yard receiving games, the Jets have played their hand and will now await developments within the Eagles camp.