The Oakland Raiders never got a chance to recruit or peruse former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. He met with the Washington Redskins and never left without a deal. He signed with the Redskins, likely to play his former team twice a year.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the deal is worth 24 million dollars over three seasons, with 16 million guaranteed. That is a hefty price tag for a player that was released because of red flags off the field.
The Raiders would have liked to get a shot at landing Jackson. General manager Reggie McKenzie has had very good success signing players he is able to bring in for visits. The team signed wide receiver James Jones earlier in free agency and Jackson would have made the receiving corps extremely dangerous. However, even without Jackson, the Raiders are very solid at wide receiver. The team has Jones, Rod Streater, Denarius Moore, and Andre Holmes, who are all capable targets. With what the team hopes is improved quarterback play from Matt Schaub, the passing game is potentially leaps and bounds better than in the past two seasons.
If the Raiders feel like they still need more help at wide receiver, they can look no further than the 2014 NFL Draft. This class is widely regarded as one of the best wide receiver drafts. The players solidified that high praise at the 2014 NFL Combine with terrific workouts. The Raiders hold the fifth overall selection and could have a chance at highly coveted wide receiver Sammy Watkins. If they don't get a chance at Watkins or feel like they can wait on wide receiver until later on in the draft, the team can still land an impact player.
Even though the Raiders did not land Jackson, all is not lost. It would have been fun to watch Jackson in Oakland because he is a dynamic playmaker. However, teams in the NFL do not usually release 27-year-old Pro Bowl players, so Jackson is a headache in some fashion. McKenzie prides himself on bringing in high character players. Oakland will have plenty of options to continue to upgrade their wide receiver position this offseason.
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