LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — DeSean Jackson’s tour of the NFL free agency market begins today in Ashburn as the recently released wide receiver meets with Washington Redskins officials.
If Washington is serious about landing the former Philadelphia Eagles star they’re going have to be willing to enter into a potential bidding war with the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills, both of which have expressed significant interest in signing Jackson and have more room to operate under the salary cap.
Oakland is reportedly digging into Jackson’s background after a recent report tied him to gang members in the Los Angeles area. Police in Los Angeles have since said Jackson was not linked to any gang-related activity.
He was also categorized as a less than ideal player in Philadelphia, reportedly showing up late to meetings and butting heads with head coach Chip Kelly.
Troubles aside, the Redskins may not be willing to enter into the aforementioned bidding war regardless of how much game changing ability Jackson possess. The team is “all in” for Jackson, but may not be able to afford the Pro Bowl receiver, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post.
They’ll only sign Jackson “if he’ll come on the cheap,” Jones added.
A number of players on the Redskins roster share Jackson’s agent, including DeAngelo Hall. The veteran cornerback, who recently re-signed with the team, said he would be willing to take the ousted Eagle under his wing. It remains to be seen whether Hall and others would be able to convince Jackson to play in Washington for potentially less money.
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