2012 NFL Free Agents: Could DeSean Jackson End Up with Buffalo Bills?

Robert Quinn@@RQuinn619Correspondent IDecember 24, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09:  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles scores a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo woin 31-24.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is slated to become a free agent at the end of the year, and it appears that his chances of returning to Philly are slim.

Due to a number of highly publicized issues and being benched, the explosive wide receiver will surely draw the interest of a multitude of franchises. 

Could the Buffalo Bills be one of those teams?

The Bills already have a diva at the receiver position in Stevie Johnson, also slated to hit the free agent market at season's end, but according to all of his public statements, he wants to remain in Buffalo. 

Ralph Wilson Jr., the longtime owner of the Bills, openly stated that Ryan Fitzpatrick was the team's quarterback of the future and that the franchise needs to get him more weapons. That weapon could be DeSean Jackson. 

A player with the similar skill set to that of 29-year-old Roscoe Parrish, who the Bills drafted out of the University of Miami seven years ago, Jackson could add explosiveness in both the passing and special teams game.

Parrish is about to become a free agent and told the Buffalo News "I'd love to be back here. I've been with this team my whole career. Most definitely, I'd love to be back here...I need to continue to do what I can do on my end, that's the only thing that I can control...It's up to them."

However, Parrish has been unable to stay healthy throughout his career, which has held him to just 134 receptions for 1,502 yards and seven touchdowns as a slot receiver. As a punt returner, he has averaged 12.1 yards per return with three touchdowns. 

On the other hand, Jackson's explosiveness has allowed the 25-year-old California product to catch 220 passes for 3,909 yards and 20 touchdowns in just four seasons, and is feared by any special teams coordinator who opposes him. Just ask the New York Giants.

He averages 10.5 yards per return, and has four return touchdowns. A year ago, he averaged 20.5 yards per reception. 

Jackson would be a huge upgrade to the no-name group of wide receivers currently on the Bills roster and could play both outside and in the slot due to his stature, quickness and elusiveness. 

While the chances of the Buffalo Bills front office ponying up the cash to house two diva wide receivers on the same roster with Johnson and Jackson are slim, the prospect of having a sound balance of possession and speed wideouts could sway the minds of general manager Buddy Nix.