Update: We're tracking the DeSean Jackson rumors over here now.
Well, it happened. The Eagles actually released DeSean Jackson. This is your "Should the Chiefs sign DeSean Jackson?" post. 610 Sports Danny Parkins reports the Chiefs are among the teams who have reached out. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that at least six teams quickly reached out.
- The good: DeSean is a damn good. The Andy Reid connection.
- The bad: He could be expensive. The Chiefs have about $4.5 million in cap space, according to the NFLPA. They'll need about $1.4 million of that for their draft picks. They could create more cap space by releasing or restructuring the contracts of other players.
- The ugly: I think that would be this.
Read Jackson's statement on his release, where he mentions Andy Reid (or Reed).
Andy Reid was asked about Jackson at the owners meetings this week.
Q: On DeSean Jackson.
Reid: "I have nothing but good things to say about the kid. I did draft him. I had a great relationship with him, when his father passed away, that was a hard thing for him to go through at a young age. They were best friends. I've experienced life things with him, so I would tell you he was great for me when I was there."
Q: Do you find it hard to believe given what you know about him and seeing what he did in that offense last year that they would be looking to trade him?
Reid: "I don't know what's real and what's not real. I haven't looked into it either way. I've stayed away; I don't really care about that, so I don't know what's real and what's not real. I'm happy that he had a great year. I'm happy that Chip (Kelly) had a great year with him and that's where it stops for me."
We asked our readers earlier this month if they would trade for Jackson. More than half said they would give up a third round pick or more for him.
Charlie Casserly wondered in this video if the Chiefs would be a good fit.
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At least four teams reached out to DeSean Jackson’s agent, Joel Segal, in first 30 minutes after he was relesaed. Talks ongoing.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 28, 2014
Based on what I’m hearing, as it stands the chances of the #Chiefs passing on Jackson are greater than the chances of them bringing him on.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 28, 2014
Andy Reid knows him better than anyone. A history of giving guys 2nd chances. He doesnt touch him, MAJOR red flag IMO— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) March 28, 2014
Despite his release, DeSean Jackson will have a market. I could see Kansas City, Jets and maybe carolina leading the pack.— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) March 28, 2014
Andy Reid had DeSean Jackson for five years with no apparent problems. I wonder if the Chiefs are a logical destination.— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) March 28, 2014
Have the #Chiefs signed DeSean Jackson yet????— Blake Graham (@BlakeGrahamPGA) March 28, 2014
#Chiefs should sign DeSean Jackson. Like, today.— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) March 28, 2014
Time for the #Chiefs to overpay for Desean Jackson.— Bryce Regier (@bryceregier) March 28, 2014
I would love if the Chiefs were to sign Desean Jackson, but Denver probably will right before we can make a deal.— Jack Beaver (@JackMeOff_25) March 28, 2014
Chiefs should offer DeSean Jackson every cent they have and pray.— Drew Pruett (@andy25winning) March 28, 2014
Would DeSean Jackson help the Chiefs offense? He sure as heck would. Do I want him in Kansas City? I sure as heck do.— Austin Earl (@austinearl13) March 28, 2014
I don't want the Chiefs to sign or even make a run at DeSean Jackson. Lots of baggage, expensive and the Chiefs have bigger problems.— Rob Brenton (@TheHotRob) March 28, 2014
I wouldnt want Desean Jackson w/ #chiefs even if he had 0 off field issues. He's a front runner. Plays when he wants to. Not worth it.— Jeff Fawver (@Jtfawver) March 28, 2014
DeSean... Call me. Sincerely, Your old pal Andy #chiefs— FakeAndyReid (@Chief_Walrus) March 28, 2014
Every team could use DeSean Jackson the player, but how many will want all that apparently comes with it? Chiefs seem a good guess.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 28, 2014
Ex-Eagles TE Chad Lewis once told me about Andy Reid, "He’s the coach of second chances." Will be interesting to watch Jackson situation.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) March 28, 2014