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Monday, October 4, 2010
Why didn't Redskins go after Jackson?

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Not to rain on the Washington Redskins' victory parade (which someone on this blog may have predicted), but I stumbled across an interesting nugget in Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback a few minutes ago. A lot of you guys have wondered why Washington wasn't more aggressive in going after San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, a player Mike Shanahan has loved since he was drafted in the second round:

"You want to know why Washington wasn't aggressive in pursuit of Jackson when the Chargers dangled him in trade recently? Blame it on the [Donovan] McNabb deal," writes King.

"Trading for McNabb, I believe, caused the Redskins to not deal for a receiver they very much need. The Redskins had a bare-bones draft last April, with only two picks in the top 170. Their second-, third- and fifth- had been dealt away or used (as in supplemental pick Jeremy Jarmon in the 2009 summer draft), and they weren't going to dump their second-rounder in 2011 and be left with one pick in the first 130 choices next April. Talking to sources in the organization, I learned that the 'Skins want to get away from the quick-fix mentality and start building for the long haul."

It's sort of jolting to read those words associated with a Dan Snyder-owned team, but I think Peter's on the mark. Jackson would have been a huge addition to this Redskins offense, but perhaps Shanahan didn't want to mortgage the club's future. And plus, the Skins have the great Ryan Torain.