Panthers showing interest in DeSean Jackson, per report

It's not a great idea, but the Panthers are looking into it.

The Carolina Panthers have called the Philadelphia Eagles about the availability of DeSean Jacksonper Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Jackson is said to be available for a third round pick, but it's unclear how the Panthers could reconcile his lofty salary demands and established history of being a difficult personality. This latest report mirrors that of Ed Werder on Sportscenter early on Thursday, so it's safe to say this has legs.

If finalized this would unquestionably be the most exciting trade in Panthers history. It would add a legitimate No.1 receiver to the offense while adding a player young enough to still have one full contract left. That said, it's a curious decision to add a demanding presence to the offense less than two weeks after releasing the franchise's all time leading receiver for such problems.

Everything might hinge on Cam Newton. He has attended the Pro Bowl twice with Jackson and likely has a better insight on the wide receiver than much of the organization. Head coach Ron Rivera did not coach Jackson directly in the 2014 game, but likely has connections at California who could provide information on the receiver's attitude.

Any trade like this is a rare occurrence, but it will be something to watch leading up to the draft.

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