The 2021 NFL trade deadline came and went and the New Orleans Saints made the decision not to add a wide receiver (although they reportedly came close to doing so). With the deadline in the rearview mirror, Rams receiver DeSean Jackson is parting ways with his team and the Saints should be on the phone with his agents yesterday.
Jackson posted about his departure on his Instagram as the deadline hit. He was hoping to be dealt to a team that could utilize him more and when that didn’t happen… Well — Let’s just say Jackson wasn’t the happiest of campers.
Here’s the post, courtesy of Ian Rapoport.
New Orleans Saints could sure use DeSean Jackson
Jackson isn’t the same guy he once was at the prime of his career but he’d be one of the best options on New Orleans’ roster. He had just eight receptions for 221 yards and a touchdown for the Rams but he was buried on their depth chart.
In New Orleans, Jackson would be competing with Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harris for the WR1/2 snaps. Neither of those guys are in the roles they are now if they’re on other teams.
With Jackson hitting the free-agent market, perhaps the Saints can sign him for a bargain price. He signed a one-year 4.5 million dollar deal with the Rams ahead of the season and despite being in cap hell, the Saints could actually afford a salary like that.
By not acquiring a receiver before the deadline, New Orleans might be content with rolling what they have until Michael Thomas returns to the lineup, whenever that may be. Jackson, however, gives them another insurance piece and he’s an experienced player who could do a lot for this offense.
We probably won’t see this deal happen but I wouldn’t be upset whatsoever if the Saints struck a deal with Jackson. It’d be fun to see him in the Big Easy!