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Updated: March 28th, 2014 4:33pm
John Clayton says Vikings have low interest in signing DeSean Jackson

John Clayton says Vikings have low interest in signing DeSean Jackson

by Derek Wetmore
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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'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. 

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, 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 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:

Yes, they have $12.87 million of salary-cap room. But their top three receiver spots are filled with Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson and Jerome Simpson. -- John Clayton


Vikings fans, it may seem far-fetched, but would you sign Jackson?

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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