The Detroit Lions still need another wide receiver. This week, it just so happens another quality option hit the free agent market in DeSean Jackson.
Even though Jim Caldwell and the Lions haven’t discussed adding Jackson, the coach was still “never saying never” on Monday morning. It seems like the better idea would be for the Lions to go all-in on the former Philadelphia Eagle. Even though rumors of off-field issues remain persistent, Detroit could offer Jackson the best chance to win and make a major impact.
For those who are luke warm on the idea of trading up to grab Sammy Watkins, selecting Mike Evans at pick 10 or drafting a receiver early in May, Jackson offers the perfect compromise. He’s got the speed and game breaking abilities like Watkins, but can routinely compete in traffic for big catches down the field like Evans. All the while, he’s a well-known commodity.
Despite the fact that the Lions don’t have much cap space left, they could work hard to try and shoehorn Jackson in somehow. They could offer him a chance to play with Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush, and could use that chance as a major selling point over all other opportunities Jackson might have elsewhere in Oakland, Washington or otherwise.
Discipline-wise, the Lions seem to have turned over a new leaf with the addition of Caldwell at the top, so Detroit would be able to keep a closer watch on Jackson and not worry. Jackson himself could be motivated to dispel rumors of gang involvement and avenge his embarrassing release, so the Lions could be getting an incredibly driven player for their money.
Quietly, it could be just the move the team needs to help put the offense over the top. With Jackson in the fold, Detroit could turn their attention to adding quality pieces on defense in the draft, which is an area many have been frustrated with in the past few seasons. Swooping in and grabbing Jackson when nobody expects would be a win-win that could help benefit the entire team.
Sometimes, it’s the obvious moves that nobody talks about which can end up making the biggest difference during a season. The Lions perhaps making a play for Jackson represents such a move.