After watching Super Bowl XLVI yesterday, one thing is apparent, the New England Patriots need some speed at the wide receiver position. Would the New England Patriots sign Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson? The move makes perfect sense to me.
New England Patriots fans might object to the move because of the attitude issues which surround Jackson, but he’s been exceptionally moody in Philadelphia because he hasn’t received the long-term contract which he desired. There is a possibility that the Philadelphia Eagles could place the franchise tag on Jackson for next season, but I seriously believe after this season, he’s done in Philadelphia. Head coach Andy Reid is on the hot seat heading into 2012, and I don’t think he wants the distraction of another season of dealing with an unhappy DeSean Jackson.
Character and personality issues should not worry New England Patriots fans, head coach Bill Belichick has never met a player that he doesn’t think he can’t coach. He brought in DT Albert Haynesworth and WR Chad Ochocinco. Season ago, he brought in the always moody, WR Randy Moss. I believe that Belichick would be more than able to deal with DeSean Jackson.
The Patriots have the perfect duo of tight ends in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. However, WR Wes Welker is a free agent. Welker is 31 and I doubt that QB Tom Brady will allow him to get out of town, but Welker does not possess elite speed, DeSean Jackson does.
Jackson’s salary demands might be more than the Patriots want to invest, but he would make an incredible addition to the New England roster and his production would increase significantly with Tom Brady as his quarterback.
The lack of elite speed at wide receiver doomed the Patriots in the playoffs last season and it once again doomed them last night.