Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is drawing a lot of trade interest despite his $10.5 million salary in 2014.
The Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders are the latest teams to inquire about the three-time Pro Bowl selection, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. The New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets already have shown interest in trading for Jackson.
The Panthers are looking for a wide receiver to replace Steve Smith, who was released this offseason and then signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Jackson is a similarly speedy, undersized outside receiver.
The Panthers also lost top wide receivers Brandon LaFell (Patriots) and Ted Ginn Jr. (Arizona Cardinals) in free agency. They have acquired Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood over the last two days but lack two starting outside options.
The Raiders reportedly are trading with the Houston Texans for quarterback Matt Schaub. The veteran signal-caller would benefit from having a No. 1 receiver. The Raiders already have acquired veteran wideout James Jones in free agency.
The Raiders have plenty of salary-cap room to add both Schaub and Jackson, but the Panthers would have to move some money around to trade for the wide receiver. They have just $5 million in cap room.