After signing a one-year deal with the New York Jets Friday evening, Michael Vick was asked about a potential reunion with DeSean Jackson.
“If there’s an opportunity to get DeSean,” Vick said, via the New York Daily News, “I’m pretty sure the New York Jets fans would be in high favor of that. But who knows? It takes a lot to make a trade happen. …It’s not for us as players to try to decide. Hopefully everything works out for DeSean. If he is up in New York, we’ll be happy – just as happy as he will be. But who knows? We can’t say.”
Jackson, meanwhile, Tweeted out several highlights from his time playing with Vick. As Tim reported, the Eagles' wide receiver now believes his days in Philadelphia are numbered. And reports continue to surface daily suggesting trading Jackson is simply a matter of when, not if.
Attention is now focused on what the Eagles might receive in compensation and which teams could potentially be interested. McManus pointed out yesterday that the names being discussed in Jackson's camp are the Patriots, 49ers and Seahawks. The NFL Network suggested the Jets, Panthers and Raiders.
The potential trade partner would have to have enough cap space to take on Jackson's contract.
Source: Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, scheduled to make $10.5M this yr, isn't interested in restructuring his deal.Jets reportedly inquired #nyj
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 22, 2014
There really is no reason for Jackson to consider restructuring. If he thinks the Eagles don't want him, the smarter move would be to force them to cut him, negotiate a deal on the open market and pick his team. Maybe that means signing a one-year deal somewhere and becoming a free agent after 2014. But it allows him to maintain control of his financial future.
The Jets make sense on a number of levels. They have eight draft picks, including five in the first four rounds. And they have the most cap space in the NFL. New York has a quarterback in Vick and an offensive coordinator in Marty Mornhinweg who are familiar with Jackson.
Coaches, GMs and owners gather in Orlando Monday for owners' meetings. The setting will allow the Eagles to further gauge the market for Jackson, and the guess here is a deal could be reached sooner rather than later.