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DeSean Jackson is coming off his best season with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. (USATSI)
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Speedster DeSean Jackson is coming off his best NFL season. And he might be available at the right price.
The 49ers could certainly use an explosive deep threat at wide receiver, but would they make an attempt at landing the Cal product?
The Philadelphia Eagles will not actively shop Jackson as trade bait, “However, if another team came calling, the Eagles certainly wouldn't laugh and hang up,” wrote Philly.com reporter Jimmy Kempski.
There is certainly no denying Jackson’s immense talent. The six-year veteran is coming off his best season with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. But Jackson’s personality is seen as “not a great fit” in the locker room, according to the report.
So how would Jackson fit with the 49ers?
There appear to be several factors that would make the 49ers balk, including the locker room dynamic. General manager Trent Baalke carefully considers how a player from the outside will fit in with the 49ers. It seems unlikely Baalke will ever bring a player in from the outside and immediately make him the team’s highest-paid player. Baalke has emphasized the 49ers' top priority is to retain their own top producers.
Jackson, who is signed through 2016, is scheduled to earn $10.75 million in 2014. Tight end Vernon Davis is the 49ers' top-paid offensive player at $7.35 million a year.
If the 49ers complete the deal with Anquan Boldin, they would likely have their starting receivers for the upcoming season. Michael Crabtree is signed through the upcoming season. The 49ers are negotiating an extension with Boldin that is believed to be in the range of $5 million to $6 million a year.
Of course, the 49ers still have a need for speed. The 49ers have high hopes for Quinton Patton, who finished his injury-plagued rookie season as the team’s No. 3 wideout. The club also has 12 draft picks, including an expected compensatory selection.