Matt and Mindi -- Could DeSean Jackson be an option?

February 2, 2012, 2:12 am
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We went inside the CSN studio to shoot this episode of "Matt & Mindi," in which we answer some questions from the Twitterverse.A lot of the questions dealt with the future of the 49ers' wide receiver position. Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City), Vincent Jackson (San Diego) and Marques Colston (New Orleans) are players the 49ers would be willing to add -- at the right price -- in free agency.The franchise tag for receivers is expected to be 9.4 million for next season. So there's no guarantee those top receivers will be available on the open market. But the 49ers will undoubtedly assign values to each of those players. The club will enter free agency with a game plan of how much each of those players is worth to the 49ers.
There was a question about the chances the 49ers would go after Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who is also scheduled for unrestricted free agency.Jackson is a tremendous talent, but there are a lot of questions about his character and maturity. It's not out of the realm of possibility that Jackson will have a difficult time finding a team willing to take the risk involved with giving him a lucrative, multi-year contract.So it's possible Jackson might find a soft market. If that's the case, and Jackson's price begins to plummet, I think the 49ers would be interested to sign him to a short-term, low-risk contract.Jackson might not be in the mold of the big, physical receiver that coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke seem to like. And Jackson might not fit the blue-collar image that Harbaugh stressed. But I don't believe Harbaugh cares about reputation. He'd be open-minded about acquiring an exceptional talent who can help the team.Jackson would give the 49ers a big-play option in the passing game to share the field with tight end Vernon Davis, and receivers Michael Crabtree and, possibly, Joshua Morgan. He would also handle the punt-return chores.Remember, the 49ers went after Plaxico Burress and Braylon Edwards last year. Jackson's style is different, to be sure. But the 49ers demonstrated that they're willing to take a risk on a player who can strengthen the roster.I don't envision the 49ers entering a bidding war for Jackson. But Jackson could become an option for the 49ers under the right circumstances.

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