DeSean Jackson is available, but price could be too steep for Panthers

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

Need a No.1 receiver? There's one on the trade market, but the risk is too great.

The Philadelphia Eagles are open to trading wide receiver DeSean Jackson and naturally Panthers fans are excited by the idea. Many receivers have been compared to Steve Smith over the years, but Jackson comes the closest in his speed, agility, ability after the catch and how he attacks the ball in the air. There's a problem though: perhaps he's too close in demeanor to Smitty.

On the surface it seems like an ideal situation. The Panthers are in dire need of a top receiver and if the cost is simply a third round pick then Carolina could get a No.1 guy at a position they'd never be able to find one in the draft. It's an idea made complicated by the Pro Bowl, where Cam Newton and Jackson have worked together twice.

One argument against making a deal is money. Jackson wants to be paid like one of the best wide receivers in the league. When he's on the field it's hard to argue against the idea, but it would mean accepting a long-term deal for Greg Hardy is unattainable. A franchise simply can't pay two $10 million defensive ends and a $10 million wide receiver while waiting to give its franchise quarterback one of the biggest raises in NFL history.

Imagining money isn't a concern, it's still a bad idea. Jackson has an established history of being a difficult personality. There was a holdout in 2011, he spent time in Andy Reid's doghouse the same year, was fined for taunting, and was seen yelling at his teammates last year.

If you can make the money, situation, circumstance, targets and usage perfect for his high standards, Jackson is perfect. The Carolina Panthers can't guarantee any of those things.

The front office just went through the process of cutting a beloved veteran wide receiver for fear of upsetting a fragile locker room. You don't transition from that to a young, brash wide receiver with many of the same issues. It simply doesn't make sense.

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