Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has a lot he'll need to make clear to teams before he's able to sign a contract this offseason, but that hasn't stopped just about half the league from picking up the phone. Jackson is a popular target among the NFL, at least according to multiple reports over the past two days.
DeSean Jackson rumors
DeSean Jackson rumors
Jackson has been linked most prominently to the Oakland Raiders, thanks to their high cap space, need at the position and the thought that Jackson has interest in the Silver and Black. While the Raiders can definitely pay Jackson, it would be shocking if there was a shortage of money coming in from other teams, such as those with more of a chance to compete in the playoffs.
The folks over at Arrowhead Pride tracked some of the more prominent rumors. They went ahead and did this because the Kansas City Chiefs are considered one of the top landing spots for Jackson as well, given that his former head coach, Andy Reid, is in charge there. But as you can see, multiple teams that may include the Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and more could be interested.
Here's what else you might have missed from Saturday in the NFL:
The San Francisco 49ers might be considering re-doing offensive tackle Joe Staley's contract. Staley mans the left side of the offensive line, and signed a long-term contract back in 2009. That deal was for $42 million with $18 million guaranteed, and will keep him in San Francisco until 2017. At the time, it was a great deal for both sides, and Staley likely wanted it specifically due to the knee injuries he'd faced in recent seasons. Getting a long-term deal like that was solid for his security. But now, he's playing at an incredibly high level and might be feeling as though he's underpaid among left tackles in the NFL. That's a hard claim to contest.
Buffalo Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes is not the biggest fan of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. A day after Rice reportedly married his fiancee, the woman he's officially been charged with assaulting, Spikes took to Twitter to express his distaste. Spikes said that Rice was just trying to save his image with the wedding, and that he himself was mad when he saw the video of Rice apparently dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator. Spikes said that he didn't see "how anyone can respect him." To this point, there's been no reply from Rice.
The Philadelphia Eagles may or may not have released Jackson for salary cap reasons, but the team did save a solid chunk of change regardless. Jackson's five-year, $47 million contract was set to pay him a base salary of over $10 million in 2014, with a cap hit of $12.5 million. Jackson's release creates $6 million in dead money for this season, but they will save $6.75 million against the salary cap and $10.75 million in cash.
DeSean Jackson statement
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray could be in line for a contract extension. The former Oklahoma Sooner is scheduled to make $1.4 million in 2014, and as the starting running back, he could be after a bigger contract. Murray put up 1,124 yards last season and that's having missed two games due to injury. The Cowboys would likely want to get Murray extended at some point during this season, although as we saw this offseason, running backs aren't much of a premier position in free agency these days.
Atlanta Falcons restricted free agent Robert McClain signed his one-year tender late Friday. McClain is a solid defensive back who earned playing time in 2012 with a fantastic season, but saw his value drop significantly with an up-and-down 2013 campaign. He's only a year removed from really solid play, however, and could bounce back. He'll earn less than $1.5 million, which is significant given that he'll likely be the third corner on the field, which accounts for an awful lot of snaps.