Nov 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. The Eagles won 49-20. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders not so sure they want to sign DeSean Jackson


The Oakland Raiders were linked to DeSean Jackson even before he was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles and ever since he’s hit the open market the team has been mentioned on a daily basis in connection to wanting Jackson. But while they’ve been looking into him and conducting background checks in what seems to be preparations towards signing him, general manager Reggie McKenzie isn’t so sure he wants to invest.

According to Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk.com, McKenzie is apparently ‘leery’ about signing Jackson because of not his off-field behavior but because of his unpredictable nature on it.

Per Florio:

As one league source explained it to PFT, G.M. Reggie McKenzie is leery about Jackson.  Not because of the trumped-up gang ties (the more we read the supposedly groundbreaking NJ.com article about suspected gang ties, the less hard news we actually see in it), but because of Jackson’s reputation as a me-first player who can’t be controlled.

This isn’t a surprising hangup as it’s generally the biggest reason Jackson is being overlooked by those uninterested in signing him. It may not be a total deal breaker for the Raiders but it’s clear that Jackson’s reputation as a me-first player is as troubling, if not more troubling, than the alleged gang relations he has.

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  • Gregg Brennan

    Forget Jackson. He’s a diva who’ll be whining about his contract next year and probably conduct a hold out. This is a deep draft for WR’s, so get Watkins or Evans or someone else at a much more reasonable price.

  • jman

    Why gamble with a rookie when you have an elite playmaker within reach. No Brainer sign the man.

  • Frank

    Smoke and Mirrors, we need him! He will open up and create so many opportunities for everyone around him, he is the missing piece. Plus, then we do not have to waste a 1st round pick on a WR, we can address another position of need!

  • Joey

    Oakland needs to sign Desean Jackson today!

  • Jose Perez

    These are all lies how can you know if raiders are not interested in desean these are all people who want to choose sides we all know he’s coming to Oakland so quit hating in Washington they actually had to bring wale in a party with pierre garcon and deangelo hall prolly trying to get to his head bunch of a** kissing going on! Jackson is a raider fan period!

    • Edwardd Capers

      I think the Raiders will sign him, but first he has to come visit if that happen them I can’t see him leaving Oakland without a contract sign. The Raiders still have a lot of money.