Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots Should Pass On DeSean Jackson


Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Today a rumor arose saying that the Patriots were interested in trading for wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

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.

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  • Alan Doherty

    R u crazy? If Jackson would agree to restructure a long term deal a third rd pick is a steal… Boyce and Dobson in the same breath as Jackson? Please …People change …. Talent is talent… Give me a break … And Thompkins as a FA showed more than Boyce and injury prone Dobson… As for Amendola… He’s made of porcelain and can’t stay on the field

    • Cyrus Geller

      I think Thompkins’ roster spot is in jeopardy. Dobson and Boyce have much more talent. Secondly, Jackson probably won’t restructure. He has shown throughout his career that he wants to get paid.

      • Alan Doherty

        I respect your opinion(s) and read you all the time but Jackson has played his last down in Philly and someone is going to benefit by giving up as little as a third rd pick…why not the patriots? You’re overvaluing Boyce and Dobson is a question mark with the surgery. Thompkins hit a wall it’s true but he wowed the NFLnot just the pats by being the talk of camp last year. He’s a talent. We will agree to disagree. Thanks for the forum Cyrus.

        • Cyrus Geller

          The money is just too much. Unless Jackson is willing to restructure (which is doubtful), the Pats can’t go after him.

  • Alan Doherty

    If Vince won’t extend his deal… Than give him what he wants and take the cap room … Draft Nix or Donald … This is a business

  • johnniepugh

    I say make the trade for jackson

  • Willy

    I’m kind of torn on this one. You know me, I tell it like it is. I do know 1 thing, Tom Brady was Not happy for most of last year, was stuck with a bunch of Rookies that had a lot of trouble catching the ball. I know Tom wasnt horribly accurate either (for some odd reason) but he deserved better. Anyways, Tom’s window is closing and he should be surrounded by as much talent as possible to win a Championship, its been too long (10 years). I’m glad the Pats are finally “Going for it”.
    As much as I like KT, would think the Pats wouldnt cut a player that got 466 yards but then again we know Bill, who doesnt care who he cuts. I try not to let emotion play a factor in my thinking, like with Vince Wilfork. I have loved the guy but perhaps its time to move on. I have suggested either an Amendola or Vince Wilfork trade, along with a lower pick (if necessary) to acquire Jackson, who I believe Bill would keep in line. I see few real reasons Not to at least “try” to acquire him. It would make our offense just as potent, if not more so, then Denver and perhaps the best in football. Add that to the re-built defense (still missing at least 2 pieces but perhaps they’ll draft for those needs). Another thing to not forget, we still have players that could be cut or re-do their deals, so Bill can create more money. In closing, I dont think you can just walk away from a player like Jackson and not do your due diligence to at least try to acquire him. Will Bill get Jackson, it’s doubtful but I want him to at least try.

    • Cyrus Geller

      I think it is worth trying, but not at his current contract. Pats don’t have nearly enough money to pick that up. Jackson has always been about the money, which makes me think he won’t be willing to restructure.

      • Willy

        I hear ya & tend to agree.