Should the Ravens be interested in wide receiver DeSean Jackson if the Redskins let him go?
That scenario is not beyond the realm of possibility. We know the Ravens need more playmakers, and Jackson is just that. We also know Jackson could be a salary cap casualty due to his $9.25 million cap number for next season.
My colleagues have written about the pros and cons of keeping Jackson as far as the Redskins are concerned.
Jackson’s fate will be a tough decision for the Redskins. But if they turn Jackson loose, the Ravens have reason to be tempted. Jackson is still only 29 years old, a lot younger than Steve Smith, who will turn 37 years old in May, and who is coming off Achilles surgery.
The Ravens could offer Jackson a far more reasonable contract than the Redskins are paying if he gets cut. And there are reasons why joining the Ravens might be appealing to Jackson. He could remain in the DMV, and the Ravens have a strong-armed quarterback in Joe Flacco who throws deep well. And a wide receiver corps that includes Smith, Jackson, a healthy Breshad Perriman, and Kamar Aiken would make the Ravens look far more dangerous on paper than they do know.
Jackson only played 10 games last season, which kept down his numbers (30 catches, 528 yards, four touchdowns). But in both 2013 and 2014, Jackson had more than 1,100 yards receiving. You are talking about a player whose career averages are 17.7 yards per catch, and 977 yards per season. That’s a playmaker. And in John Harbaugh, the Ravens have a coach used to dealing successfully with strong personalities like Jackson’s.
The Ravens have had success signing veteran receivers late in their careers, like Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason, and Smith. If Jackson leaves the Redskins, maybe he won’t have to travel far for his next stop.
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