NFL Free Agency: 5 Teams That Could Use DeSean Jackson Next Season
DeSean Jackson is set to hit the market this offseason, and there are a lot of teams that would enjoy his services. Despite having an off year, Jackson still managed to put up 961 yards and four touchdowns this season.
Make no mistake about it, DeSean Jackson is still as talented as he's ever been. Was he trying to play his way out of Philadelphia? Was something troubling him this season? Was it something else? We'll never really know, but the point is he could still be a great asset to a number of teams.
DeSean Jackson really brings something special to an offense. Despite his ego, which may be a concern to some, his talents might be too much to pass up if the opportunity rises.
Who are some of the teams in need of his services? Well, here are just five teams that would enjoy hearing him say, "I'm taking my talents to..."
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are one of the teams that I believe would love to have DeSean Jackson.
New England took a trip to the Super Bowl this year, where they ended up losing to the New York Giants, we all know about that. Any team led by Tom Brady has the potential to go all the way any given year. He's truly unlike any other, and despite what any of you might have to say, he is still the best quarterback in the NFL in my eyes.
One of the things Brady hasn't had since the departure of Randy Moss is a serious downfield threat. Yes, you have Welker, but he's not really good for the long bombs.
Yes, you have Hernandez and Gronkowski, but you saw Brady taking a long shot to Gronk in the Super Bowl. What happened? Intercepted, by a linebacker... Chad Ochocinco was supposed to be the answer, the downfield threat they've been looking for. He finished the season around the 300 yard mark in receiving, ouch.
DeSean Jackson is a downfield threat any given game. He has great hands, speed, is elusive and will certainly be good for a few 50+ yard touchdowns.
Now, let me throw this thought into your head. Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski and DeSean Jackson as Tom Brady's receiving core? Someone want to book them a flight to next year's Super Bowl?
It's a new era in Denver, with Tim Tebow taking the reigns at the quarterback position. After his first season (not full) starting for the team, he managed to help turn the team around and guide them into the playoffs.
While it was not all Tim Tebow, the fourth-quarter comebacks certainly did help.
One thing that would help Tim Tebow in improving his passing, besides the training of Broncos' legend John Elway, Jackson would be a true go-to receiver. Denver has some good receivers in Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Eddie Royal, but DeSean Jackson would really put them over the top.
It's a nice feeling for any QB to have a player where even if you get off a bad pass, you still feel like your receiver has a good shot of hauling it in for the catch because of his talent. DeSean Jackson can make that happen for Tim Tebow. Jackson gives Tebow a great chance at a completion every time, even if the throw is a little off.
Elway said they were going to rebuild the offense to cater to Tebow. Well, DeSean Jackson would certainly be a great addition. Improve the aerial attack and secondary play on defense, and this team is ready for a serious run at the Super Bowl.
Would all the talented Bears receivers please stand up. No one? Yeah, I didn't think so.
Now, this one seems like a no-brainer to me. The Chicago Bears are in desperate need of a great wide receiver for QB Jay Cutler. Earl Bennett is probably the best receiver on that team at the moment, that is very sad.
Don't get me wrong, guys like Bennett, Knox and Hester are decent targets, but there is no one truly great on that team.
Before his injury, Jay Cutler looked like he was really getting going for the Bears. He had some really good games, despite the lack of talent around him. Now throw DeSean Jackson into the mix, and let's see how great Cutler can really be.
Jackson brings a true No. 1 receiving threat to this offense and would do well paired with Cutler, if you ask me. If you can get the passing attack going, that only creates a more balanced offense for the team.
Matt Forte running the ball while Cutler is hitting D-Jack all game long? The Bears are starting to look very dangerous again.
San Francisco 49ers
This is another one that really seems like a no-brainer to me. Outside of Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree, the receiving core on this team is awful.
Under their new head coach, Alex Smith really seems like he is coming into his own. A man that was labelled a downright bust by many for the last couple of seasons really seemed to up his game this year.
When a guy can go toe to toe with Drew Brees in the closing moments of a game, that's saying something.
Now bring Jackson into this picture. D-Jack gives Smith another tool in the aerial attack. He will draw a lot of attention, which will take it away from Davis and Crabtree. On top of that, you know D-Jack will get his own out there, the guy is a great receiver.
We all know the heart and soul of this offense is Frank Gore and the running game, but balance that out with a great aerial attack and you got something special.
With the 49ers' defense and the newly balanced offense, the 49ers are a team you'll be looking to avoid all year long.
Maybe he won't leave to go anywhere else at all...
Let's face it, the Eagles are much better with Jackson playing then they are without him. Jackson has been a great receiver for the Eagles since the day he got drafted. Say what you want about him, he helps make them a great team.
The Eagles really did seem to hit their stride late in the season. The only problem with that was the way they played until that point really didn't do them any favours when they were trying to lock up the NFC East.
Let's face it, the NFC East is as tough a division as you will find. The Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins and the Eagles all bunched up together? Definitely not an easy division to win.
Philadelphia was a team I believe could've played spoiler and delivered some upsets if given a chance in the playoffs last year. Their defense got going, and any offense with Jackson, Maclin, Celek, LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick is going to be a problem, even for the best defenses out there.
Despite anything you might hear, the Eagles really would love Jackson back, and with him, this team is in contention for a division title and the Super Bowl.