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April 2, 2014 - Mike McLain
The Browns reportedly staged an all-out push to sign receiver DeSean Jackson Tuesday, but Jackson ultimately signed with the Washington Redskins.
The thought that Jackson would consider the Browns was far-fetched. The Browns have an elite receiver in Josh Gordon, which would have instantly made Jackson a number two guy in Cleveland. Plus, there's the matter of the quarterback, of which the Browns only have Brian Hoyer (recovering from a torn ACL) on the roster.
I seriously doubt the Browns were ever in the conversation. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Tuesday that the one team that might step into the mix was the San Francisco 49ers. There was no mention of the Browns.
I'm not sure why the Browns would have considered Jackson an option. Yes, he's a talented receiver, but if his release by the Philadelphia Eagles says anything, it's that there are off-the-field concerns. Gordon is already one failed drug test away from a one-year suspension. Do the Browns need another possible problem?
Landing Jackson would have changed the Browns' draft plans because it would have negated the need to select Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, which is one option general manager Ray Farmer might be considering. They then could have honed in on other options -- mainly a quarterback or an offensive lineman.
In the long run the Browns will probably be better off not having signed Jackson. There's still a lack of depth following Gordon. but there are safer choices out there.
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