The Argument Against DeSean Jackson To The New York Jets

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Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs after a reception for a fourth quarter touchdown against Philadelphia Eagles safety Patrick Chung (23) at AT&T Stadium. The Eagle beat the Cowboys 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

3) 2015 Free Agents - The list of free agent wide receivers next year are an amazingly deep group. In that class include Brandon Marshall, Roddy White, AJ Green, Wes Welker, Jeremy Maclin, Michael Crabtree, Jordy Nelson, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Randall Cobb and Cecil Shorts III to name a few. This is according to and you can view the entire list here. So if Idzik doesn’t like Jackson’s character or think he is worth $10 mil/year or more, he will have more choices next offseason or could pull a surprise at this year’s draft by trading for one of these players from a team who knows they cannot resign that player after the season.

4) Salary - Jackson is going to cost north of $10 mil/year for at least three years and that would mean that the Jets would have $17 million tied up in their top two wide receivers. That would be fine if some of the other young players don’t have their contracts coming up soon. Muhammad Wilkerson will cost at least $12 mil/year, Quinton Coples will get $7 mil/year if he plays to his potential this year and Jeremy Kerley will cost about $5 mil/year, making a total commitment to the top three receivers of $22 mil which is high. Those contracts end in 2015. In 2016, Sheldon Richardson and Geno Smith come up and one can only imagine where the market will be for those players at that time.

5) Chemistry - @NYJet_Prime on Twitter brought up a good point. He said that having Jackson here would be counterproductive to what the Jets are trying to accomplish because the Jets would be selling him on playing with his good friend Michael Vick which could backfire if and probably when Geno Smith wins the competition. That might upset Jackson and create an uncomfortable situation in the locker room. Marty Mornhinweg sold Eric Decker on Geno Smith and his future based on how he finished the year and now to sell Jackson on the exact opposite is counterproductive. The team needs to be on the same page with one quarterback and until he loses that right, that man is Geno Smith.

So as you can see this decision is a lot more complex than x’s and o’s. I trust John Idzik to make the right call for the long-term health of the organization and that decision is to pass on Jackson and use the draft to fill this position.

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  • Roast Beef

    I’m on board for drafting a wide receiver in the first round. It’s about time the Jets had a high flying offense.

    Are there any CBs that could be traded to us, or 2nd rounders that we could draft?

  • Paul Newbold

    Mike Goodson remains on the Jet roster, so I’m sick and tired of Idzik playing the “character card”. So much for argument #1, Jackson wasn’t happy in Philadelphia, he’s not the first pro to make noise to be traded. It doesn’t mean he will be bad for the locker room of another team.
    If I understand your second argument…it boils down to money? You can sign a #1 receiver from the draft cheaper then paying Jackson 10 million/yr? That is obviously true, but there is no guarantees in the draft either, how many first round disappointments can you think of for the Jets alone. A veteran receiver along with Decker would go a long way in mentoring any one the Jets draft.
    I don’t think the Jets will pay the final price for Jackson, but I sure would like to see them grab another veteran to mentor the young talents that are available in this years’s draft.

    • Paul Newbold

      Rumor Mill has the Raiders shopping Dematrius Moore for a fourth rounder. He’s young at 25 and has shown some potential in Oakland. The Jets own (3) 4th rounders, two of which can be traded. The Jets get a younger proven receiver who still has an upside, Moore gets a change of scenery and the potential to start his career over with a new QB. Would Idzik consider letting a 4th or 5th round pick go in exchange? I think it should be considered…I’d feel a lot better with a pair of veterans on board to mentor whomever the Jets add via the draft! Any thoughts on Moore?