DeSean Jackson, Goodbye Eagles, Hello Redskins
DeSean Jackson, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles has signed a three-year contract to join the Washington Redskins. The wide receiver’s big move was made public on Wednesday when the Redskins posted a picture of Jackson signing his contract on their Twitter page. The tweet read, “IT’S OFFICIAL: 3-time Pro Bowl WR DeSean Jackson (@DeseanJackson10) signs his contract at #Redskins Park.”
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) April 2, 2014
Jackson’s new contract with the Redskins is worth $24 million with $16 million of that money guaranteed. Jackson’s move was decided on and executed quickly. He went to Virginia on Monday and after dinner with the Redskin coaches and after dinner recreation with Redskin players Pierre Garcon and DeAngelo Hall, he was ready to talk about the deal on Tuesday. Both Garcon and Hall and Redskin quarterback Robert Griffin III had publically stated that they were interested in having Jackson on the team. Griffin said of Jackson that he is a, “very exciting player. Determined to show he is the best and hungry to win. My kinda guy.” Later Griffin tweeted about Jackson’s commitment to join the team; we have a “new member of the family.”
Jackson is a great addition to the team because of his excellent performance on the field. His career average is 17.2 yards per catch. This is a boon to the Redskins because they haven’t had a receiver average more than 17 yards with at least 50 receptions since 2005. In fact only two receivers since 2008 have averaged more yards per catch, Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd. Jackson is also coming off of a great season. Last year he had 82-catches and 1,332 yards with nine touchdowns, marking his career high. The Redskins have welcomed in a very valuable player.