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

By Dan Graziano

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.