Saturday, March 29, 2014
DeSean Jackson to visit Redskins Monday
By John Keim
Former Philadelphia receiver DeSean Jackson will visit the Redskins on Monday, an NFL source confirmed Saturday night. NBC4 in Washington first reported the news.
The Eagles cut Jackson Friday after seven seasons and reports have stated that as many as nine teams have expressed interest.
DeSean Jackson has averaged over 17 yards per catch in his six-year NFL career.
Philadelphia has not publicly said why they released Jackson, who had signed a lucrative five-year deal two years ago. The Eagles had plenty of salary-cap space still available – more than $16 million. But there were multiple reports about his attitude and demeanor in the locker room. And, on Friday, a story on NJ.com discussed possible gang affiliations.
Jackson was released shortly after that story appeared on the website. But here’s good insight from Philly.com reporter Jeff McLane on why he thought they released Jackson.
The Los Angeles Police Department dismissed that concern, with Det. Chris Barling telling the Philadelphia Daily News: "It's kind of like 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.' When people grow up in neighborhoods where you have gang involvement, you don't have to look too far before you find a connection to a connection. Now, how sinister that connection is, our position is that's for others to judge."
One NFL executive said there would be only a few teams that would have the cap room and also the ability to handle Jackson's character issues. And even in the Redskins organization there is mixed opinion on him. But no one has doubted Jackson’s ability.
The Redskins have $7.2 million in salary-cap space. Kansas City, which also reportedly is interested, has $4.8 million. Oakland -- Jackson played at nearby Cal and grew up in Southern California -- has $15.1 million of cap space.
From a talent perspective, Jackson makes a lot of sense for Washington. He’s a dynamic playmaker and would give the Redskins a dangerous pair along with Pierre Garcon. They also signed Andre Roberts in free agency and have tight end Jordan Reed. Jackson has played with quarterbacks who make off-schedule plays, so he would not have much problem adjusting to Robert Griffin III.
It also would give Washington the ability to attack quite often downfield as all the aforementioned targets have good speed.
Indeed, Jackson comes with questions about his character, issues that have been known for a while – by those in Washington and elsewhere. But the Redskins also have shown interest in another troubled wideout, Kenny Britt, who has been arrested nine times (eight more than Jackson). Britt hasn’t been nearly as productive as Jackson, either.
Jackson is coming off an 82-catch, 1,339-yard season in which he scored nine touchdowns. In his six-year career, Jackson has averaged 17.2 yards per catch on 356 receptions and has caught 32 touchdown passes.