Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has agreed with the Washington Redskins. Jackson will join Washington on a three-year deal, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Jackson took to Twitter to announce the agreement:
ITS GOIN DOWN !! BURGUNDY & GOLD http://t.co/tPN4g6AbeS
– Desean Jackson (@DeseanJackson10) April 2, 2014
The deal is worth $24 million, including $16 million guaranteed, sources told Schefter.
Jackson’s addition seemed to be a certainty ever since he arrived in northern Virginia late Monday afternoon. He dined with Redskins coaches Monday night, went out with Redskins players Pierre Garcon and DeAngelo Hall later that night and met with team officials Tuesday.
Both players had publicly stated their desire for Jackson to join the Redskins, as had quarterback Robert Griffin III.
“Very exciting player. Determined to show he is the best and hungry to win. My kinda guy,” Griffin told ESPN’s Britt McHenry.
Griffin also took to Twitter to welcome Jackson to D.C. and to the team’s receiving corps.
“Looks like we won that fight from earlier ha ha @AndreRoberts @PierreGarcon & others have a new member of the family,” the quarterback tweeted.
The Redskins will pair him with a first-time head coach in Jay Gruden. But Gruden worked in Cincinnati with Marvin Lewis, who coaxed production out of players with questionable issues such as cornerback Adam Jones and running back Cedric Benson. Gruden was there with both players.
Jackson gives the Redskins a dynamic playmaker, something they have not had in some time. Jackson has averaged 17.2 yards per catch in his career. The Redskins haven’t had a receiver average more than 17.0 yards per catch with at least 50 receptions since Santana Moss in 2005.
No other receiver with that many catches has even hit 15.0 per catch. Only two receivers since 2008 have averaged more yards per catch — Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd. Since 2008, no player has more receptions of at least 40 yards than Jackson (35), and only Mike Wallace (21) has as many TD catches of at least 30 yards during that same period.
Jackson is coming off an 82-catch, 1,332-yard season and nine touchdowns. It tied a career high in touchdowns and established a new one for yards. According to Elias, no player has ever switched teams within the same division after a season with 80+ receptions for 1,200 yards or more.
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