By Eric Staunch: With receiver DeSean Jackson having visited the Washington Redskins on Monday to be looked over by the management, the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns have suddenly shown interest in possibly signing him, according to NBC Washington. Both teams are in need one a big time receiver with his capabilities, and both teams have limited room under the salary cap with which to sign him.
The 49rers have $5 million to spare to sign Jackson, as they’ve set aside a huge chunk of money to re-sign their quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who wants $20 million per year to stay with the team.
It’s unclear how strong the Browns and 49ers interest is. Surely, both teams can get an equally good receiver or better in the 2014 draft, and for a lot cheaper. The only way it would in the Niners best interest to pay Jackson a ton of money to sign with the team is if he’s willing to accept $5 million per season team with the team.
The Niners are definitely not going to pay Jackson more than the $6 million that 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin recently got in re-signing with the Niners on a 2-year deal. If the Niners were to pay Jackson more than Boldin, it would be a move that would likely create bad blood with him.
Boldin had a better season in 2013 than Jackson, and he’s got a lot more size than him. You would think that the 49ers would have learned their lesson in their defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs, because that defeat showed that the 49ers need a big receiver that can keep from being stuffed at the line of scrimmage by the big cornerbacks like Richard Sherman.
Is finicky as 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is in terms of who he wants to throw to, the 49ers would be taking a huge risk in signing an expensive free agent like Jackson, because the chances are Kaepernick might just turn up his nose and decide he doesn’t want to throw the football to him for some reason. We’ve seen Kaepernick do that with a number of 49ers receivers regardless of whether they’re open or not. If Kaepernick isn’t feeling it with that receiver, he’s going to freeze him out until he’s replaced by another receiver to his likely. He did that with Randy Moss, Jon Baldwin, A.J. Jenkins and Kyle Williams.