With DeSean Jackson expected to arrive in town later today, this is a good time to size up the Redskins' chances of landing the 27-year-old Pro Bowl wide receiver ... and their top competition for his services.
Here are the three teams believed to have the most interest:
Cap space (according to the NFLPA): $6,895, 869
Top receivers on the roster: Pierre Garçon, Andre Roberts, Jordan Reed and Santana Moss.
The bottom line: Adding a dynamic threat like Jackson could put Washington’s RG3-led offense on another level. The Redskins also have the advantage of being the first team to meet with Jackson and the ability to offer Jackson something he won’t get elsewhere: the chance to face his former team twice a year. One reason it might not happen? GM Bruce Allen has less money to spend than Jackson’s other suitors.
Cap space: $18,254,198
Top receivers on the roster: Rod Streater, Denarius Moore and James Jones.
The bottom line: Even with the addition of Jones (from the Packers), the Raiders don’t have a wide receiver who went for 900 yards last season. While that probably was impacted by poor quarterback play, it’s still not a good thing. Matt Schaub will need help if he’s going resurrect his career and turn around a unit that produced only 20.1 points per game in 2013—and signing a deep threat like Jackson could be part of the answer. It should also be noted that Jackson is from California and played at Cal.
Cap space: $14,185,046
Top receivers on the roster: Scott Chandler, Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and T.J. Graham.
The bottom line: The Bills’ leading receiver last season was Chandler, a tight end who amassed 655 yards. Two wide outs, Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods, racked up 597 and 587 yards, respectively. So, yes, Bills could really use a player of Jackson’s caliber in the passing game. The Buffalo News has reported in recent days that the Bills are “doing their due diligence” on Jackson but won't get into a bidding war.
The 49ers, Seahawks, Patriots and Buccaneers have also been linked to the Jackson sweepstakes but they seem more like long shots than serious contenders at the moment.