John Clayton says Vikings have low interest in signing DeSean Jackson
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A bit of surprising news broke Friday, the Eagles cut wide receiver DeSean Jackson. We probably don't know the full story as to why.
For as talented as Jackson is, there should be a line of suitors, right?
Not so fast.
As ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert pointed out, it's odd to have an outright release of an elite player in such a perfect schematic fit. He speculates the Eagles must know more than we do currently.
No one knows yet why #Eagles dumped DeSean Jackson. But outright release of elite player w/ perfect scheme fit = major caveat emptor.— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) March 28, 2014
Adam Schefter reported that the Eagles decided to cut ties with the 3-time Pro Bowler after learning about off-the-field connections and activities.
Jackson, however, issued a statement Friday, refuting any speculation over gang involvement:
"I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang," Jackson said. "I am not a gang member and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible."
According to ESPN.com, Jackson was scheduled to make $10.5 million in 2014 and was owed $30.5 million for the rest of his contract. None of that money was guaranteed.
With pass-catching threats like Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings and Kyle Rudolph, the Vikings never seemed like a good destination for a top-shelf, expensive receiver. That's before considering any possible baggage. It's worth stressing that we don't know with certainty the reason the Eagles cut him, but it seems fair to label this a 'buyer beware' situation.
That's the conclusion ESPN.com came to in a piece cobbled together with opinions and analysis from more than two dozen writers. In fact, 24 of the other 31 NFL teams received a "low" chance of signing Jackson in the piece. Six teams had a "medium" grade, while the Jets were the only team with a "high" likelihood to sign Jackson.
Here's what ESPN's John Clayton had to say about the Vikings for the Jackson piece:
Vikings fans, it may seem far-fetched, but would you sign Jackson?