Redskins Sign ex-Eagles Wideout DeSean Jackson
by Fitzgerald Cecilio
The Washington Redskins have signed former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson to a three-year deal reportedly worth $24 million, including $16 million guaranteed.
The Redskins announced the deal Wednesday afternoon and posted a photo of Jackson signing his new contract on their official Twitter page.
Jackson's signing was expected since he arrived in Washington late Monday. He dined with Redskins coaches Monday night, went out with players Pierre Garcon and DeAngelo Hall later that night and met with team officials Tuesday.
Garcon and Hall have publicly stated their desire for Jackson to join the Redskins, as has quarterback Robert Griffin III.
"Very exciting player. Determined to show he is the best and hungry to win. My kinda guy," Griffin said.
The Redskins will pair Jackson with a first-time head coach in Jay Gruden. But Gruden worked in Cincinnati with longtime Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who coaxed production out of players with off-field issues.
Jackson gives the Redskins a dynamic playmaker at receiver as he has averaged 17.2 yards per catch in his career.
DeSean Jackson is coming off an 82-catch, 1,332-yard season with nine touchdowns, tying a career high in touchdowns and setting one for yards.
The Eagles released Jackson because they were displeased with his attitude and demeanor, and they did not view him as a good fit in the culture that coach Chip Kelly wants to build.
DeSean Jackson and Ryan Clark arrive at Redskins Park