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DeSean Jackson is well known to Bay Area football fans
DeSean Jackson is one of the top wide receivers on the market. In my experience, he is also the most polarizing, when it comes to whether the 49ers should go after him.
Jackson played his college football at Cal and is well known to the local fans. He's one of the most exciting players in the game but has also had several problems with the Eagles' management and head coach Andy Reed.
Jackson had 58 receptions for 961 yards and four touchdowns this past season. In his prior two years with the Eagles, Jackson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and had a total of 17 touchdowns.
Before the 49ers make any offers to Jackson, they must be fairly certain that Jackson is ready to buy in to the team concept that Jim Harbaugh espouses. I would recommend a long conversation between Harbaugh and Jackson to get a feeling as to where Jackson's head is at.
Jackson could be a good fit in San Francisco and his ability to return punts is also an advantage. However, he is also one of the riskiest options on the market. He will be expensive, and there is the concern that his large ego and demanding personality could be a distraction.
The Eagles have been posturing that they intend to use the Franchise Tag on Jackson, but are open to trading him. If this is the case and the 49ers need to give up more than just the money it will take to sign him, I would stay away.