Trade Chad Jackson?
posted at 3/12/2008 12:28 PM EDT
Trading Jacskon makes sense from one perspective, but not from another.
First, it makes sense because the Pats don't need him. He's not going to get a lot of chances in the New England offense. He's behind Moss and Gaffney on the outside and plus Welker is in the slot (where Jackson really isn't suited anyway.) Faulk and Watson are also going to get their balls. So unless there is a major injury, Jackson is going to see very little playing time outside of the pre-season.
But it doesn't make much sense to trade him for a couple of reasons. First, he's not worth much in trade right now. He's got potential, but he hasn't displayed it at a pro level, and nobody is going to shell out top draft choices for him. Realistically you could maybe get a 4th rounder for him.
Second, he might be good enough to help another team that doesn't have the quality receivers that the Patriots have. And why make another team better?
So I think the answer is keep Jackson, use him for injury insurance. Get him some time late in games when it's a blowout. Show him off in the pre-season. Maybe next year he'll be worth more in trade.
He's not going to catch 50 balls, as someone suggested. That's ridiculous. Because after Moss and Welker each get their 100, and Gaffney, Faulk, and Watson get theirs, there aren't 50 left. If Jackson was better than Gaffney, they wouldn't have resigned Gaffney for 2 million dollars. And fourth receivers don't get 50 catches, not even on the Patriots.