One of the last big name free agents may decide on his future today, as reports are wide out D.J. Hackett may decide on where he will sign to play the 2008 season and beyond. Carolinagrowl.com is reporting that there are four teams that are looking at getting Hackett’s services – Carolina, Washington, Tampa Bay and Seattle. The Hawks may have the advantage due to the fact that Hackett is already a part of the club, and may have an increased role in the offense with the injury to Deion Branch.
The Panthers are “very much in the mix” according to the site, and as of Saturday, the Panthers and Hackett’s reps were talking numbers. One source said, “It all comes down to money.” The 26-year-old has had a history of injury woes, but has been productive when he’s been able to play, and the four teams that want his services all need receivers. He was the Hawks 5th round pick in 2004.
In 33 career games, Hackett has 105 catches for 1394 yards and 9 touchdowns. In 6 games in an injury shortened season in 2007, he had 32 catches for 384 yards and three scores. His best year was 2006 when he had 45 grabs in 14 games for 610 yards and four touchdowns. His best chance to have the biggest impact may be at home in Seattle, and if he is wise he will stay with the defending NFC West Champs.