Updates from Tuesday, April 1
NBC News4's Dianna Marie Russini broke the news that Jackson has signed with Washington:
DeSean Jackson will officially sign the paperwork tomorrow morning at Redskins Park per sources #Redskins— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) April 2, 2014
Jackson tweeted about it:
ITS GOIN DOWN !! BURGUNDY & GOLD http://t.co/tPN4g6AbeS— Desean Jackson (@DeseanJackson10) April 2, 2014
Below is how the story evolved throughout a very eventful Tuesday:
Albert Breer of NFL.com reported Jackson met with the Redskins on Tuesday morning:
DeSean Jackson's out to breakfast now with Skins officials. After that, they'll head to Redskins Park. Obviously, mutual interest is strong.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 1, 2014
Mike Jones and Mark Maske of The Washington Post later reiterated that a deal had not been reached yet:
Jackson arrived at Redskins Park on Monday evening and went to dinner with Coach Jay Gruden and members of the coaching staff. He also spent time with wide receiver Pierre Garcon and cornerback DeAngelo Hall late Monday night.
More meetings were scheduled for Tuesday as Washington front-office officials and Jackson’s representative continued negotiations.
One person, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the matter, said Tuesday morning that the sides were believed to be “getting close.” But as of that time, Jackson had yet to sign a contract, a second person said.
Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington had the latest on talks with the Redskins:
DeSean Jackson has left Redskins Park, a league source tells me. He was there for about three hours of meetings. #RedskinsTalk— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) April 1, 2014
Chris Russell of ESPN980.com also reported an expectation for when Jackson will sign with his new team:
One source on DeSean Jackson tells @ESPNRadio980 it is "pretty much done." Hearing from some1 w/knowledge "deal will get completed tomorrow"— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) April 1, 2014
ABC's Jeff Skversky initially reported Jackson and the Redskins agreed to terms of a deal, but he quickly followed his report by saying a contract hasn't been signed yet:
DeSean Jackson agrees to terms with the Washington Redskins a source tells @6abc— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) April 1, 2014
DeSean Jackson has not signed a deal with the Redskins yet but source tells @6abc Jackson has agreed to terms & will take physical Tuesday— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) April 1, 2014
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com has more on Jackson's dealings with Washington:
Dianna Marie Russini of NBC 4 in Washington has more on Jackson's suitors:
Breer had more on the 49ers and Jackson:
For the Niners' interest in DeSean Jackson to be legitimate, price would have to come down. Even then, being in Cali presents complications.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 1, 2014
After his dinner with the Redskins, Jackson was suppose to fly out of DC. He never made that flight according to Russini:
DeSean Jackson had a flight this evening he didn't get on. He has stayed in DC tonight per sources. #Redskins— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) April 2, 2014
Updates from Monday, March 31
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports the timeline for DeSean Jackson's visit with the Washington Redskins:
TMZ had more on Jackson and the Redskins:
Looks like the Redskins are serious about DeSean Jackson -- 'cause TMZ Sports has learned the WR hung out with RG3 in L.A. this weekend BEFORE he got on a plane to meet with the team in D.C.
Sources tell us ... DJ and Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III "spent several hours" together in Los Angeles -- apparently things went well.
Upon landing in Washington, Jackson spoke about his free agency (via A.J. Perez of NJ.com):
ESPN's Ed Werder later reported Jackson was receiving heavy interest from two undisclosed teams:
I'm told that two teams not identified publicly as having interest in DeSean Jackson are in deep negotiations with the former Eagles WR— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 31, 2014
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press provides a statement from Lions head coach Jim Caldwell discussing Jackson:
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said after an appearance on the “Mike and Mike” radio show today that the team has not had any conversations about signing Jackson, despite still having a need at the position.
“We haven’t discussed him,” Caldwell said. “But I can tell you, obviously, he’s a playmaker, he’s a guy that can get it done and certainly has proven that he can do so. But at this point in time, we have not had any discussions.”
Mike Jones of The Washington Post details how Jackson will be spending his time in Washington:
DeSean Jackson's night features dinner with Jay Gruden and other offensive coaches, source says. Tomorrow: meetings and physical.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 31, 2014
ESPN's Britt McHenry spoke with Robert Griffin III about potentially landing Jackson:
Rapoport later provided more details when speaking on the NFL Network on Monday night as provided by Chris Wesseling:
Appearing on "NFL Total Access" Tuesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed the Redskinsdo have a chance to "seal the deal" if they can reach agreement by Tuesday afternoon.
If the Redskins let Jackson leave the building without a new contract, though, the wide receiver will not lack for suitors.
Jackson is "beyond the one-year, 'prove-it' type of deal," per Rapoport, because his market is strong with the Raiders and Bills lurking.
"If you want to talk about what kind of contract he would generate, Eric Decker was the top receiver on the market during free agency," Rapoport said. "Don't be surprised if DeSean Jackson commands more than that. He is coming off possibly the best year of his career, and was set to make $10.5 million with the Eagles."
Tim McManus of 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly provided an update late Monday night:
Said a source close to Jackson on Redskins: "Done deal."— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) April 1, 2014
After Jackson met with Redskins management, players Pierre Garcon and DeAngelo Hall did their part in convincing Jackson to sign with Washington with the help of rapper Wale. The musician took a picture of the group:
Updates from Sunday, March 30
Albert Breer of NFL.com had an update on the Oakland Raiders' interest in Jackson:
The Raiders are still doing background work on DeSean Jackson. My sense is they realize there's some added risk in bringing him home.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 30, 2014
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com followed:
Rich Tandler of CSNWashington.com provides a synopsis of ESPN's John Clayton discussing DeSean Jackson's NFL future on ESPN's SportsCenter:
Updates from Saturday, March 29
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs are no longer in the running for Jackson:
#Chiefs were among those who did research on DeSean Jackson, as did plenty of others. Source says they are now OUT. He’ll visit Skins Monday— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 30, 2014
Dianna Marie Russini of NBC reports Jackson will visit the Washington Redskins:
Redskins sources: DeSean Jackson is expected to visit with Washington this Monday— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) March 29, 2014
Source close to DeSean Jackson: he wants to play for Washington. Yes money is part of it but if its right fit it could work...#Redskins— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) March 30, 2014
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle provides an update on the Oakland Raiders' interest in Jackson:
Update: #Raiders are interested in DeSean Jackson but sides still kicking tires. Eight other teams in mix & no visit has been scheduled yet.— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 29, 2014
As of this second, both sides’ interest would be better described as “warm” than “hot” … #Raiders acknowledge he’s what they need on field— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 29, 2014
According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a slight interest in Jackson:
And for that reason, Smith and general manager Jason Licht said Friday that they will consider Jackson but emphasized he would have to be the right fit on and off the field.
"I've had a chance to be on the other side of the field and have watched him make a lot of great plays," Smith said. "He's a great football player. Of course, we look at everyone we think can help us win."
The Bucs were not among the teams Friday to contact Jackson's agent.
Licht was less enthusiastic. "He'd have to be the right fit on and off the field," Licht said. "I don't want to dismiss him right away but we're looking at a bunch of other players, too."
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Jackson may have reached out to the Raiders about their interest in him:
DeSean Jackson has a business decision. Curious to see if his heart makes it. Prerelease he put word out to #Raiders of his interest in them— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 29, 2014
Accordingly #Raiders won’t make a rash decision. They’ve been researching DeSean Jackson for weeks. Background that Andy Reid already knows.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 29, 2014
ESPN's Adam Schefter says the New York Jets aren't among the teams who have contacted Jackson's agent:
Jets are NOT one of the nine teams that now have inquired on free-agent WR DeSean Jackson.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 29, 2014
Rapoport added two other teams to the mix:
Tim Graham of The Buffalo News has more on the Buffalo Bills' potential interest:
Source tells me any Bills interest in DeSean Jackson would be for a predetermined price. Bills won't get into a bidding war.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) March 29, 2014
After the best season of his career, DeSean Jackson is out of a job. The question now is what is the next step for the former Philadelphia Eagles receiver.
Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the news of the player's release from his team:
Despite shopping him and finding interest, Eagles have made decision to cut WR DeSean Jackson. Outright. Jackson is now a free agent.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 28, 2014
Schefter also reported that there was almost immediate interest in the 27-year-old speedster:
At least four teams reached out to DeSean Jackson’s agent, Joel Segal, in first 30 minutes after he was relesaed. Talks ongoing.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 28, 2014
And now up to 6 teams already calling on DeSean Jackson. And counting.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 28, 2014
Jim Corbett of USA Today reported that the Carolina Panthers were very interested in the wideout:
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera's playoff team has a glaring wide receiver need and Rivera told USA TODAY Sports Friday he's intrigued by the possibility of pursuing DeSean Jackson following his bombshell release minutes earlier by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jackson is coming off a career-best 82-catch, 1,332-yard, 9-touchdown season.
"We'd be interested. He's an intriguing player and we'll take a look at him,'' Rivera told USA TODAY Sports from the West Coast. "I just got word and this is surprising to hear. He's an explosive player who has great vertical speed and is strong going to the ball."
But, despite Rivera's comments, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports the team isn't interested in Jackson after all:
Despite Rivera's comments to @usatoday_nfl that Panthers would be interested in DeSean Jackson,I'm told they aren't and won't be interested.— Joe Person (@josephperson) March 28, 2014
Danny Parkins of AM Radio 610 in Kansas City reports that the Chiefs are among the teams interested in Jackson:
ESPN's Rich Cimini added the Jets to the list of interested teams:
Yes, Jets still have interest in DeSean Jackson, per source. How much is unclear. Probably discussing it as we speak. #nyj— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 28, 2014
Before the announcement, Eliot Shorr-Parks and A.J. Perez of NJ.com provided an in-depth look at why the Eagles were interested in dealing the talented player:
The Eagles' apparent interest in jettisoning Jackson likely has little to do with his performance on the field or a big-money contract that could squeeze the team's salary cap. Rather, sources close to Jackson and within the Eagles' organization say, it's Jackson's off-field behavior that concerns the front office. A bad attitude, an inconsistent work ethic, missed meetings and a lack of chemistry with head coach Chip Kelly are the reasons, sources told NJ.com. And when the Eagles looked more deeply into why Jackson was missing meetings, they found that his friends were becoming a more powerful—and negative—influence in his life.
Now the Eagles have even more serious concerns—Jackson's continued association with reputed Los Angeles street gang members who have been connected to two homicides since 2010.
The off-field concerns apparently were enough to cause the team to overlook a player who finished with 82 catches for 1,332 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. Only Josh Gordon had more than Jackson's 25 receptions of 20 yards or more.
ESPN Stats and Information provided this look at the receiver's deep-threat ability as well:
DeSean Jackson has 21 TD receptions of 30+ yards since 2008, tied with Mike Wallace for the most over this span— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 28, 2014
Still, the off-field issues and contract provided no market for the Eagles to make a trade, something that confused Bill Barnwell of Grantland:
The Jaguars got a sixth-round pick for Blaine Gabbert and the Eagles couldn’t even get a seventh for DeSean Jackson. Football is confusing.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) March 28, 2014
The good news is that while releasing him was a controversial decision, his former teammates did not seem too upset. Center Jason Kelce had this to say after the announcement:
We just made an extremely unpopular decision, but I couldn't be more excited and happy with where this organization is going!! #FlyEaglesFly— Jason Kelce (@Jkelce) March 28, 2014
Anything is possible in this league. I think the organization is going to do what’s best for the organization. Everybody knows DeSean is a phenomenal talent, but at the end of the day, that's not a decision that players get to make or the city gets to make.
That's a decision that the staff gets to make, and I think whatever they decide to do, and with any decision, that’s what you have to believe in, that's what you got to have faith in.
No matter what anyone feels, this still leaves an extremely talented player available on the market. Bleacher Report's Aaron Nagler thinks this is a short-term issue:
My hunch is that DeSean Jackson won't be out of work for long.— Aaron Nagler (@Aaron_Nagler) March 28, 2014
The question is which team will take a risk on a player with personal issues like this. The New England Patriots have often taken these types of chances, but Doug Kyed of NESN believes this is not possible:
Don't even ask if the Patriots are going to sign DeSean Jackson. The answer is no.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) March 28, 2014
Omar Kelly of the South Florida's Sun-Sentinel also counts out a move to the Miami Dolphins:
No disrespect to anyone lusting for Miami to pursue Desean Jackson, BUT you're ignoring the fact he's CLEARLY not a Joe Philbin type.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) March 28, 2014
However, there is one legitimate possibility based on past interest. Earlier in the week, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that the Oakland Raiders wanted Jackson, but were unwilling to give up a pick:
Now that the receiver is a free agent, it is certainly possible that the team could renew its interest in the veteran player.
#Raiders are intrigued by DeSean Jackson, but sources say they are not inclined to give up a '14 pick. Interested in him, if he’s free.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 24, 2014
Oakland finished last season ranked 25th in passing in the NFL and the organization has not had a 1,000-yard receiver since Randy Moss in 2005. Jackson would clearly provide some help to a rebuilding team.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports added a few other possible destinations:
The Seahawks, 49ers, Jets, Raiders among the trams that had prior interest in DeSean Jackson, FWIW. Have a gut Seattle is a major player— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 28, 2014
No matter where Jackson ends up, the new team will likely be extremely cautious about what the receiver does in his free time.
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