And Johnson walked a fine line by discussing a player under contract with another team while talking about Jackson too, although he said the Jets prefer not to trade for the wideout.
"We're looking at a number of players, including DeSean. He's a very good player and we're looking at a number of them," Johnson said. "Trade's not our primary operating motif right now. We're trying to go through the draft. Going through the draft is way to build a successful team long term."
In other words, the Jets would probably love to get their hands on Jackson if the Eagles ultimately decide to cut him -- which seems like a fait accompli at this point -- right?
"We're always interested in talent," Johnson said. "If it's somebody that fits into our locker room and understands how to fit into our culture and has a price that we can afford is appropriate."
That was a much better answer (in terms of how Philly and the league will look at it) about a specific player. And Johnson denied any specific knowledge about talks between the Jets and the Eagles, though he did seem to confirm some talks between the two teams.
"I don't know what the status of that is in terms of who reached out to who," Johnson said. "I haven't talked to DeSean or his agent."