Soon to be free agent DeSean Jackson is looking for a huge payday heading into the 2017 NFL season, and it’s likely he’ll get it.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Jackson is said to be seeking between $10-12 million per year on average.
Spoke with several sources who believe DeSean Jackson will be looking for the $10-12-million-per-year range when things ramp up this week.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 6, 2017
Given the fact that Jackson has been gone over 1,000 yards in three of the last four seasons — the one remaining being his 2015 campaign, which was cut short by injury — it’s clear the former Cal product can still produce at a high level. Though, it’s interesting to note the Redskins have made it clear they are comfortable with Jackson hitting the open market.
One of the NFL’s premier deep threats, he has averaged 17.7 yards per catch throughout his nine-year career and has caught 14 touchdowns since being traded to Washington three years ago.
Jackson has reportedly said he’s very interested in a reunion with the Philadelphia Eagles, and he’s been heavily linked to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But there are surely other teams out there that would love to land a receiver of his ilk to add firepower on offense.
Clearly, there will be a robust market for his services. Though it’s worth pointing out that the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft will also feature some outstanding young receivers that will come at a fraction of the cost.
It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of contract he eventually lands. Teams don’t want to set the market early, so we will certainly see some more rumors flying around before anything concrete happens in the next handful of days.