Desean Jackson has been released by the Philadelphia Eagles, as announced on their twitter feed.
After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 28, 2014
The San Francisco 49ers, often linked to Jackson as a potential trade acquisition, now have the possibility of picking up the speedy wide-receiver and Bay Area native via free agency. Will they? Should they?
Let us discuss the first question first. The 49ers could definitely use a speed receiver in the slot like Jackson. The biggest issue, however, is available cap space. The 49ers only have about $4 million in salary cap space remaining–which will become $6 million after June 1 due to Carlos Rogers being a post-June 1 designated cut. They also have stated in plain terms that they wish to get a deal done with Colin Kaepernick by the start of training camp. It would be next to impossible for them to sign Kaepernick to an extension and bring in Jackson, especially if a bidding war commences for his services. I would be surprised if they signed Desean Jackson.
Should the 49ers sign him, though? This is a bit more tricky. It would be great if players took pay cuts for the benefit of the team, but that does not tend to happen very often or to a large enough extent. With 6 picks in the first 3 rounds, it would make more sense for the 49ers to hold off on Jackson–unless they can get him for a bargain, which seems highly doubtful–and pick up a receiver in the draft.