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WR DeSean Jackson clears waivers, becomes free agent

Pro Football Rumors logo Pro Football Rumors 11/4/2021 Ben Levine, Pro Football Rumors
DeSean Jackson is now free to sign with any team. © Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports DeSean Jackson is now free to sign with any team.

DeSean Jackson is officially a free man. The veteran wideout cleared waivers Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Jackson is now free to sign with any team.

The Rams were unable to find a taker for Jackson prior to the trade deadline, so L.A. made the expected move and cut him on Tuesday. The lack of trade (and waiver) interest doesn’t necessarily mean Jackson won’t have any suitors; rather, teams were anticipating his release and were willing to take their chances in free agency.

Since Jackson went unclaimed, the Rams will be left with the balance of Jackson’s $2.75M base salary on the books. The receiver joined the Rams on a one-year, $4.5M deal this past offseason.

However, the 34-year-old struggled to carve out a definitive role during his short stint in Los Angeles, seeing the field for about one-third of L.A.’s snaps. Jackson didn’t top 25 snaps in any of his games this year, and his playtime continued to dwindle, leading to a four-snap appearance against the Lions in Week 7. After that, the Rams held him out of action against the Texans to avoid a trade-scuttling injury.

Even at the age of 34, Jackson has torched the opposition for 27.6 yards per catch (albeit on only eight receptions), so a receiver-needy team will certainly appreciate his big-play ability. For his career, Jackson has 620 catches for 10,877 yards and 57 touchdowns.

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