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Ron Rivera: Panthers interested in DeSean Jackson

The Philadelphia Eagles couldn't get a draft pick in return for DeSean Jackson once the other 31 teams had reason to believe the wide receiver would end up being released.

Now that Jackson is a free man, though, suitors are lining up.

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Coach Ron Rivera told USA Today on Friday that the Carolina Panthers will discuss the possibility of signing the game-breaking wideout.

"We'd be interested. He's an intriguing player and we'll take a look at him," Rivera said. "I just got word and this is surprising to hear. He's an explosive player who has great vertical speed and is strong going to the ball."

Contrary to Rivera's acknowledgement, multiple reports have emerged declaring emphatically that the Panthers will not pursue Jackson.

Although Carolina is a long shot, there will be plenty of competition for Jackson's services.

At least six teams had already reached out to Jackson's agent within 30 minutes of the Eagles' announcement Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

Around The League's Gregg Rosenthal ranked Jackson's potential landing spots, leading with the Raiders, Jets, 49ers and Chiefs.

It looks like Rosenthal is going to have to place "Calculated-Risk-Taker-Ron's" club higher on the list.

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