DeSean Jackson appears to have one foot out of the National Football League, unless certain teams come calling for his services.
When the 2021 season ended, DeSean Jackson thought for sure that he’d be returning to play at least one more year, but after taking the past three months to think things over, the wide receiver is now considering retirement. During an interview with Sports Illustrated this week, the three-time Pro Bowler admitted that he might be ready to hang up his cleats for good after 14 NFL seasons.
“I’m not really sure if I’m going to play [in 2022] or not,” Jackson said. “I know I announced it and said I was going to play, but it’s just really where I am at this point in my life, it’s got to be the right fit. To play 14 years in the NFL, going to Philly, going to Washington, Tampa, going back to Philly and then playing for the Rams and then playing for the Raiders, it’s got to fit right for me, but my career has been one hell of a ride.”
If the 35-year-old wide receiver does decide to come back for another season, he’s only doing so for certain teams. Jackson will only really be looking for one thing in a potential new team and that’s a “great quarterback.”
The 35-year-old also named the Chiefs, Browns, and Packers as contenders he’s willing to play for.
“If the right situation calls, and a great quarterback — not a good [quarterback] — a great [quarterback],” Jackson told Moss. “It’s a few teams. Chiefs may be one. The Browns. Maybe Russell Wilson and Denver. Green Bay. … We’ll see for sure.”
Jackson has played with five different teams over the course of his career. The speedy receiver has been one of the best deep threats in NFL history.
The former pro-bowl wide receiver has 632 receptions, 11,110 yards, and 58 touchdowns in his career.