So of course all day yesterday all us Seahawk fans could think about was Christmas coming early in the form of a certain No. 10 named DeSean Jackson. But as I was dreaming of such a beautiful marriage, I also started wondering to myself “would DeSean work in Seattle?”
I mean yeah, of course he would work, but would everything come together fundamentally for this to be a good union? Sometimes these ‘can’t miss’ moves end up back-firing completely and causing dysfunction. As I was considering the basic fundamentals of this thing, I came to one simple conclusion;
You betcha momma’s sweet sugary cookies he would work! At least in three of four categories. Here’s how:
First of all, Seattle is fundamentally set up offensively like Philadelphia was these past few years. Mobile quarterback (Wilson vs Vick or even Foles), a speedster and star opposite Jackson’s spot (Harvin vs Macklin), a reliable and even dynamic No. 3 receiver (Baldwin vs Cooper) and a dynamic, powerful running back (Lynch vs McCoy).
The only piece that’s missing in Seattle? DeSean Jackson, which brings me to my second point. The Hawks are in need of exactly what Jackson brings to the table; a true No. 1 receiver (Harvin thrives as a versatile threat that can be a No. 2 or 3 when called upon), a true vertical passing threat who can create separation immediately (Harvin also doesn’t specialize here, he is more open field, make you miss-type) and a dynamic punt returner (Harvin only returns kickoffs and Tate handled punts last year). All those traits are exactly why I’m all-in on Brandin Cooks if the Hawks can’t get DeSean and have a shot in the draft to pull that trigger.
Of course the third and final major piece of the puzzle just happens to be the master of the perceived diva-player, Pete Carroll. How would he do it? By doing what he has always done ever since his USC days, letting the player be himself, as long as himself is no bigger than the team at any particular time. Richard Sherman come to mind anyone?
If you do so happen to be worried about that dynamic, think back to when Andy Reid was coaching the Eags. I remember watching DeSean that first year at a game in Dallas (he was my favorite receiver at the time coming out of Cal and also on my fantasy team so I had vested interest), when he dropped the ball 2 yards early to celebrate, then listening to the announcers talk about how he had to get rid of the ‘all-about-me mentality’ to be a great NFL player. I was also thoroughly ticked at him for costing me 6 huge points in a close online matchup, so at the time I sort of agreed.
But that “nobody’s better than me” mentality has proven exactly why he is as good a receiver as you can find. He lives it out and as they say, if you can back it up… Regardless of your feelings about that whole breed of player, for four seasons in Philly DeSean did that kind of stuff. For four seasons under Reid, though the team crumbled at times, DeSean thrived because he was allowed to be himself. He was, and is, the most dangerous play-by-play receiver in football, simply because of the rare skill-set and mentality he brings to the table and the ability to play much bigger than his stature indicates at all times.
The same would happen in Seattle, because Pete embraces the individual as much as the team. This is also exactly why Golden Tate worked for the Seahawks (and by the way will work for the Lions as well, but more because of Calvin I think). So yeah, DeSean works on the fundamental level for Seattle and I would be tickled to see him in a Seahawks’ uniform if it worked out that way.
The one issue with D-Jax in Seattle (the huge 25% fail)? Well, right now it’s the same issue as most every other team that wants to trade for him is running into; salary cap space to gobble up the massive final year payout on his contract. DeSean is keeping his $10.5 Mil price tag up so that the Eagles can’t trade him somewhere he doesn’t want to be without getting paid maximum or above-maximum value on the contract he already signed (I’ll explain later this morning my thoughts on why the Raiders and 49ers won’t get him in my mind).
But basically it boils down to, if he were to stay in Philly he’s at least going to get paid, similarly to if they trade him to another place he just simply doesn’t want to be. Also, if he lowers his contract-option, the Eagles could leverage it to keep him, which would suck for him as his head coach doesn’t like him and would likely not play him much, if at all, along the way.
But that issue could also force the only realistic shot the Seahawks have at him, among the higher salaries the Jets and Panthers would throw at him. If (big IF) he goes looking for a ring more than he goes looking for the green once he gets released, there’s where the Hawks could find a way in. We’ll have to wait and see on that one because the Seahawks won’t likely be able to clear space for him to really get paid his market value this season or next so he’d have to really care about a championship and the perfect fit (which I think the Seahawks are) to sign.