Whatever concerns there are about DeSean Jackson off the field hasn’t stopped teams from immediately inquiring about his services for the future, according to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter, who Tweeted recently:
And now up to 6 teams already calling on DeSean Jackson. And counting.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 28, 2014
Is Seattle one of those six? That has yet to be confirmed.
One thing we do know is that it wouldn’t be hard for Seattle to show interest as the Seahawks are well-acquainted with Jackson’s agent, Joel Segal, who also represents a number of current or recently former Seahawks, including Percy Harvin, Bruce Irvin, Tarvaris Jackson, Walter Thurmond and Michael Robinson.
Jackson only recently signed on with Segal, having previously been represented by Drew Rosenhaus.
That Jackson and Harvin have the same agent is obviously intriguing. But I’m not sure it impacts things a whole lot either way — it’s common for agents to represent multiple players on one team.
Segal also represents Michael Vick, who just signed with the Jets, who are said to be one of the teams that may be most interested in Jackson, along with Kansas City, where former Eagles coach Andy Reid now resides.
— Since news broke this morning of Jackson’s release and Seattle’s possible interest, another interesting subplot to consider is the relationship of Jackson and Seattle coach Pete Carroll.
Recall that Carroll, then at USC, heavily recruited Jackson, who played at Long Beach Poly. In fact, for a while it was presumed Jackson was heading to USC before he announced on signing day he would instead attend Cal. As he did, Jackson made a few inflammatory comments about USC’s recruitment of him and said a year later: “There was too much cockiness over there for me. They were SC. They’re national champions. They’re just guaranteed they could have whoever they want.”
Carroll, though, has proven to have a pretty short memory when it comes to this kind of stuff.
Jackson intriguingly Tweeted this picture of Carroll recruiting him:
High school days !! Recruiting heavy was Coach Carroll !! Came 2 Lb Recruit one of the best coming… http://t.co/813sgaNmLq
— Desean Jackson (@DeseanJackson10) March 21, 2014
— And when considering Seattle’s receiving position, don’t forget that the Seahawks may still bring back Sidney Rice. A league source said again today that the two sides remain interested and talking. Rice’s health remains one reason he hasn’t signed as he continues to rehab from the knee injury suffered in the Oct. 28 game at St. Louis. But Rice this week Tweeted that the process is going well:
— Sidney Rice (@sidneyrice) March 25, 2014