As of today, 10/25/2018 at 11 A.M., there has been no official mention of DeSean Jackson being on the trade block.
But let’s just say hypothetically that he is on the block and let’s go ahead and delve into some possible trade scenarios that I would personally like to see and some that fans would likely appreciate.
Before I get into all that, many can say we should trade him as his contract could end as early as next season, which would result in him becoming a free agent, so get something for him now or lose out on the chance. But then again, his contract could run full term, resulting in him becoming a free agent in 2020.
Also, many can argue opinions and factoids all day long till the cows come home that Jameis Winston and DeSean Jackson have simply not been able to get on the same page with the deep ball; one of the main reasons he’s here, to begin with, and how that’s wasting money.
My number one hypothetical trade scenario would be to the New York Giants for a 3rd round draft pick and CB Janoris Jenkins.
During the offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded a 2018, 3rd and 4th round draft pick for DE Jason Pierre-Paul. One of the best trades in recent history for the Buccaneers, might I add. But they could surpass that trade with a trade of DeSean Jackson for a much-needed position player and recoup one of their draft picks in the process. There is no secret that the Buccaneers need some help in the secondary and even under defensive coordinator Mark Duffner, which is more aggressive, help is needed. The 7-year veteran cornerback recorded 10 interceptions in his 4 seasons with the Rams and 8 with the Giants. With 81 pass defends, he certainly has proven that he could bring an extra set of extra ball-hawking ability to the opposite side of Brent Grimes. Similarly to Brent Grimes, Jenkin at 5’10” plays like he is 6’3″ and has the talent to play in the NFC South division. For me, this would be my favored trade scenario. You have to think grimes may just be on his way to retirement. Something he debated doing this offseason.
My number two, hypothetical, scenario would be to Trade the Oakland Raiders for cornerback Gareon Conley.
Conely a first-round draft pick in the 2017 NFL draft, could come with some draft picks as the Raiders have plenty and at 6’0″ and still young, meaning coachable this could be a perfect scenario. However, considering the fact that Jon Gruden loves collecting draft picks, it may end up becoming a tough sell. But then again, considering Gruden admitted he’s messed up in missing out on drafting DeSean Jackson when he had the chance, and how he would love to have DeSean Jackson on his team, prior to him re-joining the Raiders, this trade could become a hypothetical reality.
My third preferred, hypothetical, scenario would be a trade with the Broncos involving C.J. Harris Jr.
Harris Jr. is another 5’10” corner who plays big and I mean big. The 8-year veteran Corner has had plenty of experience playing in Denver, from Super Bowl champions ships to losing records he has had his share of achievements. The 3x Pro Bowler, isn’t a plug and play guy and our defensive scheme may not be something he is accustomed to, but he’s a vet and surely can learn the ropes quickly. With 77 pass defends, 17 interceptions, 5 defensive touchdowns, and 4.5 sacks to go along with 5 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries, he certainly brings attributes that could help any struggling secondary.
My out of my mind scenarios are self-explanatory. They are what most fans want to see happen, those who want to trade Desean Jackson, anyway.
Number one: Trading DeSean Jackson to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Le’Veon Bell.
Although this could be a great plan, and as much as I would love to have Bell in the red zone, I just do not see the Buccaneers making this move. The type of contract that Bell would want would not be worth this trade, alone. Also, I do believe, Bell would fetch compensatory draft picks due to being considered franchise tagged. That is not worth it in itself.
Number two: Trading DeSean Jackson and some draft picks for Patrick Peterson.
Ok, let’s get our heads out of the clouds for a second and understand that the likelihood that the Cardinals make a move with Peterson is borderline ludicrous, guaranteed ridiculous. Rumors and statements fly around as ’tis the season’, but there really is no weight to these rumors, other than, number crunching. And then there’s this: