The New York Jets are interested in playmaking receiver DeSean Jackson, the former Long Beach Poly High and California standout who is under contract with the Philadelphia Eagles through 2016.
Jets owner Woody Johnson, speaking at the NFL owners meeting Sunday in Orlando, Fla., said that the 27-year-old receiver and kick returner was among a group of players in whom the team had an interest. The major issue is the $10.25 million owed to Jackson this season, a cost the Eagles might be willing to shed.
"He's a very good player," Johnson told reporters. "We're looking at a number of them. Trade's not our primary operating motif right now. We're trying to build through the draft. Building through the draft is something that is the way to build a successful team long term."
The Jets already signed former Broncos receiver Eric Decker, who is known as a possession receiver who primarily works in the slot and middle of the field, to replace Santonio Holmes.
Jackson had 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns last season with Philadelphia. He's a deep threat with 6,117 yards receiving (17.2 yards a catch) and 32 touchdowns in six seasons. He also has four punt returns for touchdowns in his career.
“We're always interested in talent," Johnson said, adding, "if it's somebody that fits into our locker room and understands that he can fit into our culture at a price we can afford.”