Veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson is waiting his turn when it comes to signing with a new team this offseason. There has been a lot of player movement at the position this offseason already, and there could be even more with the 2019 second-round draft class of wide receivers all looking to now cash in. Three teams to watch for Jackson right now are the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Cleveland Browns.
With the NFL Draft set to begin next week as well, it could be a little while until Jackson gets the call. Teams will have to see how their depth charts are shaking out following the draft and undrafted signing period to see if they need more veteran help.
Jackson, for his part, has already identified three teams that he would like to play for in 2022; the Packers, Browns and Chiefs. Given how the offseason has shaken out for all three, they could all have a spot for Jackson later in the offseason.
The Packers lost their No. 1 and No. 2 receivers this offseason. Davante Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders while Marquez Valdes-Scantling signed with the Chiefs. They could certainly use some veterans at wide receiver to help offset those losses.
Valdes-Scantling was signed in part to help replace Tyreek Hill, who was traded to the Miami Dolphins. The team also added JuJu Smith-Schuster to help compensate for the loss. Valdes-Scantling is an excellent deep threat, but replacing Hill will take multiple players so adding a veteran such as DeSean Jackson to the mix could make some sense.
The Browns acquired Amari Cooper from the Dallas Cowboys in what was a cap-cutting move, filling the No. 1 receiver void in their offense. However, they did release Jarvis Landry, so the team needs some depth behind Cooper. Jackson would provide a good deep threat for the team, as he showed he still has some juice left last season with the Los Angeles Rams and Raiders.
Despite being 35 and in his 14th season in the NFL, Jackson still averaged a healthy 22.7 yards per reception last season between the Raiders and Rams. There aren’t many teams in the NFL that wouldn’t like having that kind of deep threat on the team.
While the speed and electricity in his game may not be as dynamic as it was earlier in his career, DeSean Jackson can still get behind the defense for some big plays. All three teams that he mentioned have elite quarterbacks and Super Bowl aspirations, so it is clear what he is looking for in a team this offseason.