Raiders news: DeSean Jackson’s future should be determined after the season
Last week, new Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver DeSean Jackson – who signed with tea, for the remainder of the season after Week 9 – said he would like to play for the team in 2022.
It got a lot of fans excited (especially since it happened right after he made a big impact in a win over Dallas). However, it may be far from a given that Jackson will be back in the Silver and Black next season.
Here are some reasons why it might be better for the Raiders to make Jackson an offseason decision:
Agency / free project:
The Raiders will likely try to add a wide receiver in the next offseason. They could line up for potential free agents like Devante Adams of the Green Bay Packers, Allen Robinson of the Chicago Bears and Chris Godwin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They could also draft some receivers early on and get a younger wide-speed receiver to replace the missing element created by the Henry Ruggs III version can also be explored. So, because Jackson is a role player, a decision about him might come after bigger roles are tackled.
Questions about team leadership:
It is not yet clear who the makers of the Raiders 2022 will be. The future of general manager Mike Mayock and current coaching staff will be assessed by Las Vegas owner Mark Davis after the season. There may be a whole new front office and coaching staff with different opinions on the offense. So we need to know who makes the decision before most decisions are actually made.
Age / production:
Jackson turned 35 last week. It can be difficult to commit to a player in a technical position next season. Additionally, the team may want to see Jackson’s production the rest of the season. Against Dallas, Jackson had three catches for 102 yards and a touchdown. In the other three games he’s played as a Raider, Jackson has three touches in total. Let’s see how he ends the season.
It’s not meant to be a hit on Jackson. He’s a dangerous player and there’s a chance the Raiders could secure him for next year in the coming weeks. But the most likely and logical scenario is to wait until the end of the season before making any future commitments.