NFL Free Agency 2014 and Las Vegas: DeSean In Seattle Would Mean…
By Josh Davis
Nov 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
The football gods (and our wonderful Seahawks) have most graciously reigned down upon us today with one of the most unbelievable and incredible ideas the NFL has ever imagined — DeSean Jackson and Percy Harvin on the same mother-lovin’ football team.
Hawk Talk offered up the straight up redonkulous numbers that DeSean has put up and it’s pure football knowledge that he’s one of the fastest receivers the game has ever seen. When he was drafted I told everybody that he was going to be one of the best in the League. At the time I got laughed at because “he couldn’t handle the physicality of the NFL” but I knew his speed was unlike that of your normal, smallish receiver. When it came down to it, they just didn’t make corners that fast and while he changed the way speed corners are prized now around the league, they still can’t duplicate it.
DeSean and Percy. Ah, it just sounds right, doesn’t it? Not that the Hawks can afford to have two receivers straight killing their cap like that (Harvin’s contract is currently $67 million over six years, he’s only in year two and DeSean is currently slated for $10.5 million and unwilling to budge). But what if the Hawks could work it out somehow? Because it’s an incredible thought, let’s play with it for a minute, shall we?
Now, I’m not going to even begin to pretend like I know a thing about Vegas. But I do know that Jackson in Seattle would historically skyrocket Seattle’s current 9-2 standing, perhaps to historical levels. Let’s take a look at the history of the betting odds right quick. The most lopsided pick was San Francisco vs San Diego, when the Niners were 18.5 point favorites in Super Bowl XXIX. The next biggest Vegas prediction was 18 between the New York Jets and Baltimore Colts way back in Super Bowl III.
Actually that game was probably the game that changed Vegas betting forever because the Jets overcame the spread and everything else to beat down the Colts. Since then, it’s tough to find a team you can trust to really blow out anybody. There has been a few favorites between 12 and 15, not many though.
After Seattle’s romp through Super Bowl XLVIII, could you really blame Vegas for putting the odds above 20, should the Champs return in 2015 with DeSean freakin’ Jackson? Would they go from 9-2 to 20-1? Vegas might implode.
It may also be important to note that 10 of the past 13 Super Bowl winners have been the Vegas underdogs on game day (including the Seahawks), so recent history says being the hunted is a bad thing in today’s game.
No matter, bring it on!