As the hours have passed since DeSean Jackson was released by the Eagles, it appears that a few teams other than the Seahawks may be more serious suitors for his services.
NFL.com, for instance, rates the Chiefs, Jets, Raiders and Panthers as the four teams that appear most interested in Jackson, with the first three seeming the most interested.
Seattle is listed as a team that had shown some interest in Jackson prior to the news today, but not as one of the more aggressive pursuers.
And that jibes with what I heard today contacting a few sources, who indicated that Seattle likely isn’t to get seriously involved in the Jackson sweepstakes.
Certainly, the news today about some of Philly’s concerns about Jackson’s off-field issues (here’s a good, nuanced take on that from Philly.com) could be a factor.
But the reluctance as much as anything else from a Seattle perspective is the same as it has been throughout this free agency period — wanting to save up as much as possible for re-signing/extending the big three of Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson over the next year.
Seattle has sought some receivers during the free agent period, having lost Golden Tate early on to Detroit, rumored to have at least “kicked the tires” on Steve Smith and also thought to have talked to Kenny Britt, as well as signing Taylor Price.
But as I noted earlier today, the Seahawks are thought still open to bringing back Sidney Rice, and they are also high on Chris Matthews, the former CFL Rookie of the Year signed in February.
The Seahawks have a reputation throughout the NFL for being one of the more stealth organizations, so you’d never want to count them completely out of anything. But right now, the odds seem to favor Jackson landing elsewhere.