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March 28, 2014

Should Panthers go after DeSean Jackson?

The Panthers need a No. 1 wide receiver.

There's a good, young one now available following the Eagles' decision to release DeSean Jackson today.

But as was mentioned here last week, the Panthers had little interest in acquiring Jackson in a trade. And that was before this week's revelations in a report by NJ.com that Jackson has ties to two L.A. gang members who have been connected to two homicides since 2010.

The Panthers cut Steve Smith, the franchise's all-time leading receiver and one of their most popular players, in part because general manager Dave Gettleman viewed him as a distraction and didn't want him to negatively impact the team's young receivers.

The two wideouts the Panthers signed last week -- Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood -- were praised by former coaches at the league meetings this week for being players of good character.

"He's not low-maintenance," Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said of Cotchery, the former Steeler. "He's no-maintenance."

Gettleman said Cotchery and Underwood were signed in part because of their reputations as being good locker room guys.

"We have created a winning culture downstairs and we want to keep that, and improve upon it. And that was important. That's part of it. It's part of the decision all the time," Gettleman said. "Because very frankly, you have to count on the guy showing up everyday and working hard everyday. If you can't count on that, what's the point?"

NJ.com also reported the Eagles had concerns about Jackson's attitude, his inconsistent work ethic, missed meetings and a lack of chemistry with coach Chip Kelly.

Gettleman said every move he makes sends a message to the locker room.

What kind of message would it send if the Panthers sign a player with a diva reputation and known gang ties whom the Eagles just jettisoned after one of his best seasons (82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns)?

Someone will take a chance on Jackson, who likely will have to take a one- or two-year deal at a discounted price.

But don't expect it to be the Panthers.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on March 28, 2014 at 01:44 PM | Permalink

Comments

Rivera on Jackson "We'd be interested. He's an intriguing player and we'll take a look at him"

Posted by: Andy | Mar 28, 2014 2:06:19 PM

I'm not sure Joe reada the USA Today paper.

Posted by: Joshua David La Russa | Mar 28, 2014 2:13:06 PM

Let's not be reckless, it should say "alleged" gang ties.

Posted by: Mark | Mar 28, 2014 2:21:15 PM

For the right price, sure.

Posted by: Timmy | Mar 28, 2014 2:22:17 PM

Rivera said that they ARE interested...and they should be.

Posted by: Joshua David La Russa | Mar 28, 2014 2:23:00 PM

Rivera said that they ARE interested...and they should be.

Posted by: Joshua David La Russa | Mar 28, 2014 2:23:23 PM

This isn't Pee Wee football... this is the NFL, where we judge players by their results, not by their alleged past. The reality is that we need a #1 receiver -- Cotchery and Underwood are threes at best, and we probably need to invest our first round pick in an offensive lineman. Unless we want to fall all the way back in the NFC South, we need to pick up a true number one -- and DeSean Jackson is one of the very best players in the NFL.

Posted by: MojoNC | Mar 28, 2014 2:31:33 PM

Coach Rivera is talking too much and needs to stay out of the media to prevent inserting his foot in his mouth... There is a time and place to provide detailed responses on mere speculation. Gettleman already mishandled the Steve Smith release. Geez, do the Panthers organization even have a PR department? Sounds like a PR training session would be helpful.

Posted by: PantherFan | Mar 28, 2014 2:39:51 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Mar 28, 2014 2:39:54 PM

This is a talented receiver entering into the prime of his career. This team currently has no starting calibler receivers on the roster. The Panthers would be crazy not to bring him in for an interview. Have the security department run a real background check on him and offer him a contact with a behavior clause if the check comes back clean. Its not rocket science...geez.

Posted by: PantherJon | Mar 28, 2014 2:39:59 PM

Gettleman said Cotchery and Underwood were signed in part because of their reputations as being good locker room guys.

So why did he sign Harper, one of the leaders in Bountygate?

Posted by: Ghoul | Mar 28, 2014 2:56:16 PM

HELL YES!

Posted by: Elvis | Mar 28, 2014 3:09:59 PM

the problem all along was his contract. he no longer has that hurdle. gettleman has no excuse. jackson is steve smith in the younger form. you can't cut steve smith and not go after jackson when you get him handed to you on a platter as a gift.

you just can't justify that. not with the number of other holes we still have that we have to fill through the draft.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 28, 2014 4:36:14 PM

Jackson a younger Smith?? Hardly. Jackson has a tenth the heart, drive, work ethic and toughness Smitty still has. There is no comparison. Sure Jackson had a great year...on an offense based on throwing the ball 40-50 times a year. You really think he'd keep his mouth shut getting 5-10 targets max a game?

Posted by: Mike W | Mar 28, 2014 4:48:50 PM

The Eagles didn't want to pay Jackson all that money left on his contract with all the other weapons they have so they go out and find any excuse to release him.
Enough of that B.S.
Now, here is a explosive wide out that's available but the consenus here in Carolina is that, "We don't need a #1 wide reciever"
Are you kidding me????? Therefore, who do we expect Cam to throw the ball to? Hmmm
And your relying on Stewart and Williams??? HaHaHa, continue on that path if you like..
But one thing is for sure, the Panthers will be the talk of next season. And that will be about all the stupid off season moves they made and moves they 'didn't make.

Posted by: Burns | Mar 28, 2014 4:53:20 PM

Sign Jackson and draft a OL in the first round and a lot of problems we have go away. It's not complicated.

Posted by: jason | Mar 28, 2014 4:56:17 PM

mike w, don't get it twisted....i don't mean the same guy, i mean comparable. you're 100% right that jackson isn't smith, but if when smith was cut he had been traded for jackson instead.......there would have been far less outcry and for good reason. he's a comparably talented legit #1 that lacks size but has everything else. and a return threat.


i'll still take smith any day, but i mean.....jackson or no jackson is a no brainer also. especially when you get him for a discount with philly picking up most of the tab.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 28, 2014 5:02:00 PM

I wonder how much money it took Jerry Richardson to bribe the mayor out of our tax money?

Posted by: Jerry's a crook | Mar 28, 2014 5:37:53 PM

we can handle a guy that kills people, what # did carruth wear?

Posted by: tony clifton | Mar 28, 2014 5:38:29 PM

I wonder how much money it took Jerry Richardson to bribe the mayor out of our tax money?

Posted by: Jerry's a crook! | Mar 28, 2014 5:43:54 PM

I wonder how much money it took Jerry Richardson to bribe the mayor out of our tax money?

Posted by: Jerry's a crook! | Mar 28, 2014 5:44:31 PM

CHECK OUT THESE RUNNING BACK KA'DEEM CARKEY HE'S A
GOOD RUNNING BACK AND ALL SO CHECK OUT TERRENCNE COBB AND DE ANTHONY THOMAS THESE RUNNING BACK IS GOOD FOR THE PANTHERS FROM THE DRAFT.2014 ALL SO CHARLES SIM OR TRE MASON FROM AUBURN.

Posted by: TOMMOY | Mar 28, 2014 7:53:05 PM

KA'DEEM CAREY IS THE SAME PLAYER AS ANDER WILLIAMS THEY BOTH LIKE CONTACT.! WILLIAMS IS A BIGGER BACK THIN CAREY. BOTH ARE A BEAST!PS.

Posted by: TOMMOY | Mar 28, 2014 8:01:01 PM

O-dell! O-dell!! O-dell!!!

Posted by: Ogy | Mar 28, 2014 8:12:19 PM

I like TERRENCE COBB for the PANTHERS he can runs those plays that the PANTHERS haves. they have those kind plays. very good player

Posted by: JAMES | Mar 28, 2014 8:13:50 PM

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