Perhaps we spoke to soon, jettisoning former Eagles WR DeSean Jackson out of the NFC East. Reports out of D.C. has Jackson visiting Redskins Park this week. From Rich Tandler of CSNWashington:
The Redskins are considered to be a long shot to land the Pro Bowl receiver, who was cut by the Eagles yesterday. But they do have some advantages including a rising star at quarterback in Robert Griffin III and, perhaps more importantly, a schedule that will include two games per year against the Eagles. Jackson would certainly like the opportunity to show that his old team made a big mistake in getting rid of him.
Jackson would add an explosive element to the Redskins’ already potent offense and rejuvenate their sagging special teams. There’s a ways to go however before the Redskins get his name on a contract. Jackson will likely wait for multiple offers before picking a landing spot.
Washington could also be leery about drawing additional controversy to the team. The ongoing name and logo battle has been moved to the front burner and owner Daniel Snyder may veto any move that could shine a negative light on his club.
The Bills’ tenure in Buffalo may be coming to an end. Team founder and owner Ralph Wilson, who passed away last week at age 95, was the only reason the team was still in Western New York. The team will be up for sale soon and the new owner will be forced to move the team. Likely sites are L.A., Toronto and yes, London.
With the team presumably getting sold to the highest bidder after Ralph Wilson’s estate is settled, the Bills’ future in Buffalo will likely not extend past the 2022 expiration of the 10-year lease. If it makes it past the one-time, 2019, cheap-buyout exit for the next owner.
Our region doesn’t have a single Fortune 500 company or an abundance of private wealth. Owners in larger cities – Dallas’ Jerry Jones springs to mind – pocket vastly more dollars than an owner here in sponsorships, local advertising, luxury suites, club seating, season tickets, seat licenses (entry fees for season tickets) and other profit-churners.
The Bills were valued last August by Forbes Magazine at $870 million, which ranks 30th out of the 32 NFL franchises (only Jacksonville and Oakland were valued less). Greener pastures await.