Opinion: Jets GM needs to pony up for Jackson

With star wideout DeSean Jackson drawing considerable interest from the New York Jets, it's time for general manager John Idzik to pony up the dough, writes The Jets Beat's Andrew Acampora.

Last offseason the Jets were a team with their hands tied financially and with limited talent on both sides of the ball. Patience was the motto of General Manager John Idzik and company. After a surprising 8-8 finish this past season, with upwards of 30 million dollars in salary cap room still, Woody Johnson has come out and said that he's not using the word 'patient' anymore. After missing out on the top tier of Cornerbacks and a multitude of free agents this offseason you can see that Idzik is very selective giving out contracts, and is deadset on not overpaying for overrated talent. Well, DeSean Jackson is no overrated talent.

Jackson is a bonafide No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL, coming off a tremendous year in Chip Kelly's first run as head coach in Philadelphia. However, the two began to clash in the latter part of the season, and the Eagles have dished out new contracts to Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin, making Jackson expandable. With Jackson's $12.75 million cap hit this incoming season, and up to $22.5 million in the next two seasons following, Jackson's trade market is barebones as of now. At best Jackson can fetch the Eagles a day 2 or day 3 pick, and the most likely scenario is for Jackson to receive his walking papers in the near future.

If Jackson was to be released, he becomes a legit target for the Jets. New York currently has the most salary cap room left in the NFL, and with the new floor rule that states that a team must spend 89% of their cap space within four years, the Jets almost have to acquire a premier free agent. The move makes perfect sense for Gang Green as Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg worked with Jackson for four seasons in Philadelphia, and is a perfect fit for the West Coast Offense.

Newly signed Michael Vick has a very strong relationship with Jackson and can help recruit him to tag team along with the Jets. Much of Geno Smith's success with the Mountaineers came from the Austin's and a perfect match for the second year Quarterback. Add to the fact that the Jets are in dire need of a No. 1 wide receiver and Jackson is by far the best playmaker available potentially on the market, and this would allow the Jets to use a first round pick on the secondary, which was ranked No. 22 in the NFL this past season before Antonio Cromartie was jettisoned out to Arizona. The move almost makes too much sense. Jackson is a realistic target for Gang Green, and would be the best play-maker the Jets have had in over a decade when Keyshawn Johnson was a member of the Green and White. Idzik's motto of patience is beginning to pay off. Let's see if Idzik can be aggressive enough to make a franchise changing decision.

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