Packers: Should Green Bay sign free-agent DeSean Jackson?

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Due to sheer nature of un-willingness to sign free agents in the past 20 years, the Green Bay Packers organization has eyeballs plastered to it every time a notable player becomes available either through trade or free agency.

It’s quite annoying from a fan perspective, considering that most of the potential moves don’t make financial or logical sense in the long run. An example of this can be today’s hot topic: Odell Beckham Jr. The Packers don’t need the headache, nor the financial burden that comes with signing the superstar receiver.

Another receiver is available after clearing waivers recently though, and that player is the three-time All-Pro WR DeSean Jackson. Jackson was released by the Los Angeles Rams earlier this week and went unclaimed – meaning he’s clear to sign with any team he’d like.

I think the Green Bay Packers should take a low-risk, high-reward approach and sign Jackson for the rest of the 2021 season.

Jackson has largely been unimpressive with the Rams this year, but not to a fault of his own. He’s received only 15 targets through seven games – hauling in eight of them for a total of 221 yards.

This number is immensely impressive given that Jackson is 35 and has suffered a bundle of injuries over the past three seasons. I’m not saying that Jackson should necessarily start for the Packers, but he’d be an integral deep threat for the team – especially if paired with another deep threat, Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

With the Rams, Jackson was only making roughly $3.4 million. Jackson won’t be looking for too much money and could come as cheap of an addition as possible for the wide receiver position. If he’s willing to take a veteran minimum contract, I think the Packers offense could use Jackson in a limited fashion – still allowing the young guys to get their reps in.