McKenzie elusive regarding Raiders' interest in Jackson

McKenzie elusive regarding Raiders' interest in Jackson
March 24, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Big money? A name? Those things aren’t an issue. It’s all about what he can bring to the table.
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Raiders are one of several teams linked to Philadelphia Eagles receiver and Cal alum DeSean Jackson.

It’s no secret the Eagles are trying to trade the speedy pass catcher, and are expected to cut him if they can’t. 

NFL Network reported that the Raiders are interested in bringing Jackson to Oakland if he’s released.

League sources have indicated that McKenzie is loathe to give up draft picks, especially during this early stage of his team’s construction.

A separate NFL source indicated last week that the Raiders reached out regarding Jackson, though general manager Reggie McKenzie wouldn’t confirm or deny his team’s interest in the mercurial receiver during a Monday interview at the NFL owners meetings.

“I’m not going to tell you,” McKenzie said.

Have you made a phone call inquiring about DeSean Jackson?

“I’m not going to tell you that either,” McKenzie said.

[BAIR: Pryor requests trade or release from Raiders]

Speaking more generally, McKenzie said that contract size or reputation as a malcontent wouldn’t completely deter his decision to bring in a player. In that vein, Jackson certainly won’t be rejected on spec.

“As long as he’s a good player that we think is really going to elevate our team,” McKenzie said. “Big money? A name? Those things aren’t an issue. It’s all about what he can bring to the table. Production is going to be a lot of it, but there are other characteristics that fall into that too.

“That’s what you have to sit down and figure that out. Reputation is what you’ve done in the past.”

Jackson has certainly produced when healthy. He has exceeded 1,000 receiving yards three times in six seasons and is paid well for such production. He is scheduled to make $10.25 million in 2014 on a contract with three years remaining.

He would hit the open market in search of a new deal if the Eagles released him outright.

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