Aug 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) along the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Panthers 14-9. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

DeSean Jackson rumors: Ron Rivera says Carolina Panthers are interested


Before DeSean Jackson was jettisoned by the Philadelphia Eagles, there was a lot of chatter about whether or not a team would trade for him. One of those teams mentioned were the Carolina Panthers, who botched their offseason pursuit of wide receiver help and have left themselves with spare parts they picked up put of the junkyard.

Naturally, Jackson made sense for the Panthers but their tight cap situation and a supposed lack of interest killed most rumors. Now that Jackson has been cut by the Eagles, that interest is on the rise, as USA Today reports that Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has stated interest in learning more about Jackson’s situation which could lead to the Panthers signing him in the near future.

“We’d be interested. He’s an intriguing player and we’ll take a look at him,” Rivera told USA TODAY Sports from the West Coast. “I just got word and this is surprising to hear. He’s an explosive player who has great vertical speed and is strong going to the ball.”

This seems to clash with reports that the Panthers were not interested, but perhaps their desperation level has risen in the last few days and the prospects of fixing everything in the draft aren’t looking so good. Jackson is a wild card but they type of wild card the Panthers almost need to play at this point.

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