Philadelphia cut DeSean Jackson Friday. This means that Jackson, who can fly, who can run a route, who clearly is a No. 1 receiver, is available.
Should Carolina pursue him?
The Panthers have to at least take a look. I assure you that the men who run the team believe they have a group of strong and stable players. This is important. It implies that, if the Panthers sign somebody of alleged marginal character, that player won't drag down the Panthers. Instead, the Panthers are more likley to lift him.
If a player's talent supersedes his character, I promise Carolina will be interested.
Jackson last season caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
For perspective, tight end Greg Olsen led Carolina with 816 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Steve Smith led wide receivers with 745 receiving yards.
But the Eagles ran a different offense, a perpetual fast break. Their receivers had more opportunities.
More than character, Jackson's chief liability is money. He was set to make $10.7 million this season. The Panthers aren't going to offer that, and nobody else is likely to.
If the Panthers and Jackson can find a number they both accept, his signing would be a coup.
A player that is not wanted often will go to great lengths to prove himself, as Steve Smith, now a Baltimore Raven, probably will attest.
Love to see Jackson prove himself in Charlotte.