Today a rumor arose saying that the Patriots were interested in trading for wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
League source has told me eagles are listening to offers for desean jackson.. patriots and niners have inquired. #Eaglestalk
— Derrick Gunn (@TheRealDGunnCSN) March 18, 2014
Now before you all go nuts over Jackson, let’s think about this for a second. First of all, it is not logical with New England’s cap situation. Jackson has a huge contract, and the Pats are running out of cap space (currently right around $6 million). The Patriots can’t turn into one of these teams who blow a lot of money on an elite player. That is exactly how you run your franchise into the ground.
Secondly, I am not a huge fan of Jackson as a player. Yes, he is a dynamic vertical threat, but he lacks size, is not a great route runner, and he is someone that always wants the ball in his hands. Tom Brady doesn’t operate like that. He throws to the open receiver, and if Jackson was brought aboard, I don’t think he would always be the open receiver.
And finally, adding Jackson would undoubtedly stunt the growth of New England’s young, talented receiving corps. As I said, he is a selfish player, which would not go over well with the likes of Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce, and Kenbrell Thompkins. That young group has a lot of potential, particularly Boyce and Dobson, who I think could make this Pats offense extremely dynamic down the road.
The bottom line is, while it would be nice to see New England make another splash, it isn’t logical. His talent isn’t worth what the Patriots would have to sacrifice if he were added to the team.