News outlets are making the connection in the wake of Friday’s developments. Vick’s signing with the Jets combines with the Philadelphia Eagles’ apparent willingness to dispose of their playmaking wide receiver creates intriguing options.
“Philly is trading him or cutting him,” a source told the New York Daily News. “That’s a fact. They don’t want him.”
Vick talked up the possibility Friday.
“If there’s an opportunity to get DeSean,” Vick said, “I’m pretty sure the New York Jets fans would be in high favor of that. But who knows? It takes a lot to make a trade happen.
“It’s not for us as players to try to decide. Hopefully everything works out for DeSean. If he is up in New York, we’ll be happy ? just as happy as he will be. But who knows? We can’t say.”
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg worked with Vick and Jackson with the Eagles. Adding Jackson via trade would be a logical step toward improvement in the team’s West Coast scheme, giving Jackson’s experience in it.
The Jets freed up $8.3 million on the salary cap by cutting Mark Sanchez, but the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., reported Sanchez still will cost them $4.8 million against the cap.
While the Jets have cap space, Jackson won’t be a sure fit. He faces a contract redo one way or another. His deal now has a $12.75 million salary cap charge for 2014.
Another splash of cold water for Jets fans: Jackson would be a wanted man if the Eagles seek suitors. In addition to the Jets, the New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers are expected to come calling, according to the NFL Network.
If? Not according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, which says the Eagles would be willing to accept a third-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
As the Daily News noted, the Jets signed Eric Decker as a free agent. Adding Jackson would give them a strong wide receiver combination.
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