Some of the higher-profile free agent receivers still available ahead of next week’s draft include Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Will Fuller, Cole Beasley and T.Y. Hilton. And one receiver, who has played in the NFL longer than any of the aforementioned players, has said he is open to playing for Kansas City instead of retiring.
Fourteen-year veteran DeSean Jackson told Ashley Nicole Moss of Sports Illustrated on April 21 that he’s “not really sure” whether he’ll retire this offseason. Jackson, 35, said he would continue his playing career only if the right situation presented itself. When asked by Moss which teams he would be open to playing for, the first team he named was the Chiefs, followed by the Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers.
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Jackson Has Decorated NFL Career
Jackson entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2008 draft. He burst onto the scene with four straight seasons of at least 900 receiving yards, and he had a career-high 22.5 yards per reception during the 2010 season, per Pro Football Reference.
During his career, which has included time in Philadelphia, Washington, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles (Rams) and Las Vegas, Jackson has accumulated 632 receptions for 11,110 yards (36th all-time), 17.6 yards per reception and 62 total touchdowns. Jackson is one of the most explosive deep threats to ever step foot on an NFL field.
His most recent stint in the NFL was with the Raiders. He played nine games for them during the 2021 season, registering 12 catches for 233 yards and one touchdown.
Jackson played with the Eagles when now-Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was the head coach of Philadelphia, which could be one reason for his wanting to join Kansas City, another being playing with quarterback Patrick Mahomes. However, because the Chiefs’ receiver room is taking on a different look — one with more size — Jackson, who is 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, might not fit with the Chiefs’ designs.
Twitter Reacts to Jackson Naming Teams He’d Like to Join
Twitter users reacted to Jackson expressing his desire to play Chiefs, Browns, Broncos or Packers.
“Apparently DeSean Jackson had an interview on SI’s ‘Laces Out’ where he listed 4 teams he wanted to play for. Chiefs, Broncos, Browns, and Packers. Kinda interesting, but nah imma pass,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Desean Jackson is just a washed Tyreek Hill, should go to the chiefs so he can play with mafraud,” another user wrote.
“Lowkey DeSean Jackson would be a great veteran in the Bears WR room,” another user wrote.
“I want DeSean Jackson on the Cleveland Browns,” another user wrote.
“Signing DeSean Jackson would create an either/or situation with K.J. Hamler for the Broncos,” Joe Rowles of Mile High Report wrote. “Hard to carry 5 wide receivers without a major contributor to special teams among them.”