ORLANDO, Fla. -- Unlike owner Woody Johnson, Rex Ryan wasn't about to use the 'D' word -- DeSean, as in Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Ryan wanted to avoid any questions about tampering, so he wouldn't talk about the possibility of acquiring Jackson.
"Mr. Johnson is the owner, so he can do what he wants, but I'm not going to talk about anybody else on somebody else’s roster," Ryan said Tuesday at the owners' meetings.
Johnson confirmed interest in Jackson, but the level of interest remains to be seen. The Jets aren't keen on the idea of trading for Jackson, but their interest could grow if he's released. Even then, there's no guarantee that he'd a must-have.
Ryan did say this much: He expects the Jets to add another wide receiver in the offseason.
"I don’t think we’re done in that area," he said. "We’ve got a lot of draft picks and it’s a deep draft class at that position. It’s safe to say, I bet you anything, we end up making another move for a receiver somewhere along the line, if I'm a betting man. It might not be the moves you want us to make, but how many picks to do we have? Twelve? I bet we take a shot."
Right now, the Jets' top receivers are Eric Decker and slot man Jeremy Kerley. They still have a need for a true No. 1 receiver. For depth, they have Stephen Hill and David Nelson. The Jets have expressed interest in former Raider Jacoby Ford, a low-level free agent. They're also looking at the possibility of adding a veteran running back. There's some interest in Maurice Jones-Drew, but his current asking price is beyond what the Jets are willing to pay.