The Detroit Lions are in need of another wide receiver despite the presence of Calvin Johnson and the signing of Golden Tate in free agency. With Friday’s bombshell news that the Philadelphia Eagles had released DeSean Jackson, it makes sense that some might wonder if the Lions would show interest.
Jim Caldwell on DeSean Jackson: "We haven't discussed him. I can say he's a playmaker, a guy that can a get it done. You never say never."
— Mike O'Hara (@MikeOHaraNFL) March 31, 2014
It’s the type of answer that is to be expected and while the quote seems to leave the door open, the fact the Lions haven’t discussed Jackson is more telling. Other teams are far beyond “discussing” Jackson and have moved on to actually showing interest. The Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills are the early teams to watch. Even if the Lions wanted to make a move on Jackson, they may not be able to anyway due to salary cap limitations.
Expect the Lions to continue the plan of adding a free agent wide receiver (task complete with Golden Tate) and drafting at least one receiver who can contribute as a rookie.