Former Cal All-American DeSean Jackson, the three-time Pro Bowler released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, is apparently high on the wish list of Oakland Raiders fans.
Fans on Twitter have been pushing the “DJaxtoOakland” hashtag hard enough that it is among the top 10 trending topics on the social media outlet as of 11:15 a.m.
According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the Raiders are one of several teams to express interest in Jackson, who had 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns and earned his third Pro Bowl trip.
The upside is that the Raiders could acquire Jackson without having to give up any assets—draft picks or players—in exchange.
Oakland still has plenty of financial flexibility; as of this morning the team still has more than $18.2 million in available cap space for 2014, according to the NFL Players Association website.
Jackson had three years remaining on the five-year, $48.5 million contract he signed with Philadelphia in March 2012, a contract the Eagles and Jackson agreed to after Philadelphia was going to use its franchise tag on him in 2012. This season carried the biggest base salary in the deal, $10.5 million, with base salaries going down to $9.75 million in 2015 and $8.25 million in 2016.
Of course, all of that is moot since he was released; now Jackson merely represents $6 million in dead cap space for the Eagles this season.
In six years with the Eagles, Jackson had 356 catches for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns and scored another four touchdowns on punt returns. He was a second-round pick of the Eagles in 2008.