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Oakland Raiders Rumors: Won’t Trade For DeSean Jackson, Signing Richie Incognito Not Ruled Out

By Jordan Webb j.webb@hngn.com | Mar 24, 2014 02:58 PM EDT

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The Oakland Raiders are reportedly "leery" of signing free agent DeSean Jackson because of his reputation for being selfish. (Photo : Reuters)

The Oakland Raiders are interested in Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, but they're reportedly unwilling to trade a draft pick for him.  Raiders owner Mark Davis, meanwhile, didn't rule out the possibility of signing free agent offensive lineman Richie Incognito.

Oakland wants to add Jackson to their receiving group but not at the cost of a draft pick.

"(Raiders) are intrigued by DeSean Jackson, but sources say they are not inclined to give up a '14 pick," NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted on Monday.  "Interested in him, if he's free."

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While multiple teams are interested in Jackson, they're unlikely to trade for the veteran because Philadelphia is expected to release him regardless.  Once released, Jackson would become a free agent and teams could pursue him at a cheaper cost.

Jackson reportedly fell out of favor with second-year coach Chip Kelly, who doesn't see Jackson as a fit with the locker room culture he is trying to create.

Philadelphia is believed to be seeking at least a third-round pick for Jackson, but the 27-year-old's contract -- worth $10 million this season -- is another deterrent to any potential trades.

Incognito, who was at the center of the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal, wants to return to the NFL and named Oakland as one of his desired destinations.  When asked on Monday, Davis didn't rule out signing the beleaguered o-lineman.

Davis deferred the personnel question to general manager Reggie McKenzie.  When asked what his reaction would be if the team sought to sign Incognito, Davis said, "I'd have to think about that." 

The Raiders' front office has been busy this offseason.  Oakland traded a late-round draft pick last week to the Houston Texans for quarterback Matt Schaub, whom coach Dennis Allen plans to start.

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