Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Bears 54-11. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Moments after the announcement that the Philadelphia Eagles had parted ways with talented wide receiver DeSean Jackson, Cincinnati Bengals fans thirsty for a big signing began to wonder if there was a chance he would end up in orange and black. There are several reason why there is no chance that this will happen.
The first reason is simple: money. Mike Brown does not covet big-named, and therefore big-dollar, players in free agency. It’s frustrating at times for fans, but the Bengals choose to bring in depth if the offseason, and then build through the draft. Jackson is going to command a big contract, and Cincinnati will have no interest in spending that much, especially in a year where the draft has an deep and talented receiver class. If the Bengals wanted to add to the position, they’d likely just target players like Brandin Cooks or Odell Beckham Jr.
Another reason to avoid Jackson is Jackson himself. There have always been attitude questions, despite his many talents, but with today’s news that he may have gang affiliations, the risk is just too great. By all accounts, Jackson has not committed any crimes, and he has been active in the community, but with Aaron Hernandez fresh in people’s minds, Jackson might suffer in terms of interest. The Bengals have a history with troubled players, and have taken chances on guys in the past, but in this case, it might just be too big of a chance.
Another, more direct reason, is that the Bengals don’t consider wide receiver a big enough need to add another big name. Marvin Jones flashed terrific ability last season and the team really likes Mohamed Sanu as well. With AJ Green ready to get a big raise, Cincinnati likely wouldn’t target a big free agent at receiver, even if there weren’t other issues.
Overall, Jackson is an immensely talented player who can make a difference for a team needing to add offense. His speed and knack for making big plays is nearly unmatched. Bengals fans would love to see the team go get one of the league’s most exciting players in his prime, but history is pretty clear. The Bengals will not be signing DeSean Jackson. Sorry Bengals fans.