The headline of this post is a bit tongue-in-cheek. We might never find out if the Browns were truly “aggressively” pursuing DeSean Jackson. What we do know is that Jackson’s agent was aggressively pursuing a deal for his client and according to reports this morning, he found a deal in Washington.
Darren Heitner of Forbes.com has reported that the deal is worth $24 million over three years, with $16 million guaranteed. And that’s $16 million fully guaranteed. Upon signing. Money in the bank.
So, did the Browns really miss out on this? It all depends on if you believe they were actually in on it to begin with. The argument about whether they should have been is almost moot at this point. I really just want to know if they were. My favorite tweet on the topic came last night just before 8 p.m. after a whole day of hearing the prospects get bandied about on the Internet and sports talk radio.
Update: still not a single confirmation from a Browns-related reporter or any of my CLE folks that they're in on DeSean in real life.
— Ryan Burns (@FtblSickness) April 1, 2014
Come to think of it, it really was pretty quiet on the rumor front after the Browns had been initially linked to the pursuit.
The thing that I couldn’t help but think about once I heard the details of DeSean Jackson’s deal is what I wrote recently about what the experience of trading for Dolphins’ wideout Mike Wallace might be like financially. We know that Jackson got what amounts to a two-year deal for $16 million with a chance that the Redskins could possibly keep him for a third year for another $8 million. I modified Wallace’s deal to include a new signing bonus to make it more cap friendly, the best I could do was make his contract into what amounts to a two-year deal for just over $22 million. And few would try to debate the idea that Wallace is as good as DeSean Jackson.
Even if someone could convince me that Mike Wallace is comparable or better than DeSean Jackson, I have a difficult time believing that he’s worth an extra $6 million over the next two years.
Good for the Redskins I guess. And maybe bad for the Browns. You know, if they were ever in on it at all.
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