Earlier on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the New York Jets are a team interested in trading for DeSean Jackson. Now, other rumored suitors for the Eagles' wide receiver have emerged. Rapoport is reporting that the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders also have interest in Jackson.
I said early the #Jets were among the teams that called the #Eagles about DeSean Jackson. Two others: #Panthers & #Raiders. Lots of interest— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2014
Rapoport's report echoes something ESPN's Ed Werder said earlier in the day:
Ed Werder also said on SportsCenter that the #Panthers "might entertain the idea" of trying to trade for DeSean Jackson.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) March 20, 2014
The Panthers are in desperate need of a wide receiver. They released long-time fixture Steve Smith and saw Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr. sign with other teams in free agency. The team was so desperate to add another body that they signed Jerricho Cotchery on Thursday. Aside from Cotchery, here's the Panthers depth chart at receiver:
Yikes. You may remember Marvin McNutt as the Eagles' sixth round draft pick in 2012 who never amounted to much as an Eagle. He spent the entire 2012 season on the practice squad and was released in the offseason.
The Panthers don't really have the cap room to fit Jackson on their roster unless they clear some space. They currently have around $6.3 million. Jackson's contract alone is worth $12.75 million this season.
As for the Raiders, they have a ton of money to work with. Oakland currently has just over $27 million in cap room to spare. They also are completely devoid of talent on their roster, so it's no surprise to see them want to add a star like Jackson.
These rumors follow a bold report earlier in the week that the Eagles are willing to listen to offers for Jackson. At the time, the 49ers and Patriots were among other teams reported to have interest.