Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) returns a punt against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders cautious on signing Desean Jackson according to Pro Football Talk


Desean Jackson has been the main culprit of most Oakland Raiders headlines since his release with the Philadelphia Eagles, from reportedly reaching out to the Raiders before his release due to his interest from cheering for the team growing up and being from California to the alleged gang ties that NJ.com brought up (and the LAPD along with high school coaches dismissed) Jackson’s name has been brought up a lot over the past couple of days.

With Jackson meeting in Washington on Monday and this morning, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio dropped a juicy report that the Raiders may actually be less interested in Jackson than expected despite the clear interest from the team’s fanbase in bringing in the mega-talented wideout. Citing his issues as a stereotypical “diva wide receiver” league sources told Florio that McKenzie may have more concerns about Jackson’s on the field, in the lock room issues than anything to do with gang ties.

From PFT:

As one league source explained it to PFT, G.M. Reggie McKenzie is leery about Jackson.  Not because of the trumped-up gang ties (the more we read the supposedly groundbreaking NJ.com article about suspected gang ties, the less hard news we actually see in it), but because of Jackson’s reputation as a me-first player who can’t be controlled.

While the Raiders have been buying up plenty of veteran free agents, most are regarded as good teammates who’ll provide positive influences to the locker room.  That’s not the reputation Jackson enjoys.

While Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub has made a public pitch for Jackson, one of the concerns is that Schaub has never had to control a potentially difficult receiver.  Andre Johnson, Schaub’s long-time No. 1 target in Houston, is the anti-diva — a team-first guy who has never created many issues in Houston.

There is weight to this report as it could be very true that McKenzie is concerned about Jackson’s ability to share success as well as handle and share failures as while on a team that while improving in free agency is still in their rebuilding phase towards being a contender. If McKenzie feels that way it will be unlikely that he drops the reported $9-10 million asking price for Jackson, much at the ire of Raider fans who feel that Jackson is a crucial piece for returning to the playoffs in Oakland.

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  • Chris Schroeder

    They were about to give Roger Saffold 42 million for five years pending a physical, and he can’t even stay on the field without getting hurt. They should be throwing moneybags at Desean Jackson, because he will be an instant direction changer. Reggie is the one who recently said “reputation is what you’ve done in the past” that leads me to believe he is all about second chances so why all this BS now?

  • Don Andrew Halvorson

    Yeah. It’s not like there’s any gang problems in Oakland.

  • Pridenpoise

    Reggie does not know when to take a calculated gamble, unless of course it’s signing Flynn, or Schaub, or lowballing Veldheer, only to let him walk out the door.

  • Steve Romero

    Saffold was going to cost a ton (dodged that bullet) but he wasn’t going to be a distraction in the locker room. So far RM has made solid additions to the team, he knows something we don’t. I trust him. If DeSean really wanted to be a Raider he would of done it by now. Let’s focus on The Draft, maybe adding Sammy Watkins, who can be as productive as Jackson and cheaper.

  • stucktrader

    Look at the Seahawks roster last year… and the Niner for that matter… the cheaper players helped them get to the playoffs… vets stabilized the team…

    Watkins (or if drop down for Evans) might be the way to go…

    But if Desean signs… that #5 pick gets more valuable… the need at WR disappears.

  • stucktrader

    Maybe next year they’ll move to L.A. and really fix that problem.

    Actually… LA would mean more money for the Raiders… but Oakland sounds good with Raiders.

  • stucktrader

    Yea, that Veldheer play was a waste… he was definitely affordable and awesome when healthy… Then again, if he keeps getting injured, it wouldn’t matter much. He was a steal when he was drafted…

  • Brutus

    If true, it shouldn’t be surprising. RM and DA have been getting rid of all the bad locker room attitudes the past two years. DA benched McClain for disrupting the locker room, but it was not really a difficult decision to bench a poor performer who you already knew you were going to cut at the end of the season. It would be more difficult to bench your star player, and chances are that Jackson would not change based on that kind of disciplinary action. RM may have let Jackson’s camp know that being a good teammate and working hard would be expected if they signed him. Jackson may not be ready to make that change, figuring that he is in the prime of his career and he should be accepted as he is. Then again, it is April Fools Day and Jackson could be a Raider tomorrow.

  • Brutus

    If Jackson leaves Washington without a deal, one possibility is that the Raiders give him a one-year deal that pays him the money he wants for this season. The motivation for Jackson is that it gives all the other teams time to get their salary caps set to make a run at him in free agency next year if he has another great year. He would likely not cause issues in the locker room – something that I think concerns team a lot more than what he does on his own time – to help put those fears to rest for other teams. The Raiders immediately get better without taking any long-term risks. If the relationship works for both sides, we will have the cap money to sign him longer term.

  • Brutus

    I don’t see where Jackson is asking for a second chance. He has shown he has the talent and expects to be paid accordingly without compromising who he is off the field or in the locker room. I haven’t see where he has said that he recognizes he has made some mistakes, but has learned from them – and I am not saying that he should. He is in the prime of his career, is very talented, and will get paid. Jackson will eventually get to that second chance point of his career in a few years when he loses a step or he starts missing some games due to injury. At this point, he just feels he was wronged by Chip Kelly. I also believe that he feels more teams would be chasing him if he had been released prior to the free agency period, and he is probably right. RM is not being hypocritical. He just needs to decide if our locker room is prepared to handle Jackson as he is. A one-year deal paying him what he wants seems to make the most sense to me if he walks.

  • Chris Schroeder

    Very well said. To my point about second chances though. I was speaking more along the lines of his characteristic issues and off the field allegations. If he is getting himself involved with gang members and that sort of thing it might need to be tamed a little bit along with his “about me” complex in the locker room. Second chance to get that part of his game corrected. Even though he hasn’t admitted it or feels like she needs to publicly apologize it doesn’t make it any less of the truth, but other than that you are right. He is a spectacular athlete in his prime, and I would love to see him wearing silver and black making plays on our side of the ball.

  • Brutus

    I agree to some extent, but I don’t think he wants – or feels the need – to tame anything about his current behavior. The guy is young and isn’t ready to admit any errors yet. At this point, he believes the Eagles have the problem. I would love to see him in Silver and Black this season, but won’t blame RM if he is not.
    Just as a fyi, I am 50 and a Raiders’ fan since 1974 – the year that Stabler made the winning TD pass (as he was being tackled) to Clarence Davis against the Dolphins. I lived in the Florida panhandle at the time and my dad was rooting for the Dolphins. The older kid up the street who hit all the homeruns was a Raiders’ fan, and that is where it all began for me – at the start of that season.

  • Sherman Stewart

    Meh. Im not mad about it. On one level you want that dynamic ability on your team. But at the same time I notice how none of his team mates have stepped up to his defense. Yeah, players that were not his team mate said some nice stuff. But nobody that played w him has expressed any regret. Actually one player said they made the right choice. We should focus on the draft and try to grab a playmaker in the first two rounds.