The NFL world is abuzz about where DeSean Jackson will sign in the coming days and the odds-on favorite seems to be the Washington Redskins. The Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills are in the mix but it seems that while there saws a rush to get in in line over the weekend, teams are starting to mosey on home and leave any idea of signing Jackson behind.
One such tea are the Cleveland Browns, who were rumored to have interest but have since backed off whatever interest there was.
I think the Browns will do their homework on the three-time Pro Bowler, but in the end, I doubt they will heavily pursue him because of the off-the-field concerns. NJ.com wrote an investigative piece Friday revealing that Jackson has ties to purported gang members involved in two homicides. With a first-time head coach in Mike Pettine and first-time general manager in Ray Farmer, the Browns don’t need the potential distraction of a Jackson.
The Browns have been hungry for offensive weapons and even more hungry for wins and Jackson may help provide both. But the questions about his character have been persistent throughout his career — even unrelated to the gang connections — and the Browns want no part of the possible headache he might become.