Updates from Thursday, April 24
After the Eagles failed to provide an immediate, clear-cut reason for Jackson's release, NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said earlier this month that the union planned to look into "whether or not there were comments or leaks from the team" or "misinformation to the media coming from the team."
Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer has the results of the investigation:
The NFL believes the Eagles released DeSean Jackson because of "football reasons" based on “discussions and review of the situation."— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) April 24, 2014
Sessler added: "Adolpho Birch, the league's vice president of law and labor, added: "I think we are comfortable that the decisions that were made on both ends were football decisions.""
Updates from Wednesday, April 2
The Redskins confirmed the deal on the team's Twitter account:
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport provides financial details of the deal:
DeSean Jackson’s contract is a 4-year, $32M deal that voids to 3 years, $24M. $5M signing bonus. $8M avg per year. $4.25M ’14 cap number.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 2, 2014
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun passes along more contract details:
DeSean Jackson deal has $16 million guaranteed, $5M signing bonus, fully guaranteed base salaries of $1M, $3.75M 2014, 2015— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) April 2, 2014
DeSean Jackson has per game active roster bonuses worth up to $1.5 million, $3.75 million, $3.75 million in 2014, 20165, 2016— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) April 2, 2014
Meanwhile, teammate Ryan Clark showed excitement at Jackson's arrival:
Looks like I woke up with a new teammate!! Congrats @DeseanJackson10 !!— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) April 2, 2014
NFL Network's Albert Breer has more about the negotiation process:
Also, other teams were under the impression that DeSean was looking for $10 mill per, which is part of why most clubs' interest was tepid.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 2, 2014
Jeff Darlington of NFL.com provided Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's reaction to the deal:
Pretty perfect and appropriate text from Robert Griffin III just now: "Yeaaaaaaaaaaaa" ...He really, really wanted to see this go down.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) April 2, 2014
The recruitment of Jackson went beyond current members of the Redskins. Both NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NBA star Kevin Durant made their pitches on Twitter:
Jackson further explained Durant's recruitment on ESPN's 980 Inside the Locker Room via the Washington Post:
"Kevin Durant been calling me, he been calling and saying man you know how I’d go crazy for you to be in D.C. I mean, what better place is there for me to be? I’m happy to be here. I’m glad, man, honestly I can say that.”
Veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson has reportedly agreed to a contract with the Washington Redskins.
Jackson confirmed via Twitter:
ITS GOIN DOWN !! BURGUNDY & GOLD http://t.co/tPN4g6AbeS— Desean Jackson (@DeseanJackson10) April 2, 2014
NBC's Diana Marie Russini first reported the deal:
#Breaking Its official. DeSean Jackson is a Redskin.— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) April 2, 2014
ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed the initial report and noted that it's expected to be a three-year deal:
Filed to ESPN: Redskins and former Eagles WR DeSean Jackson are expected to reach agreement Tuesy night on multi-year contract, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 2, 2014
Now looks like a three-year agreement between the Washington Redskins and WR DeSean Jackson.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 2, 2014
Jackson's PR team also confirmed Jackson's new destination:
USA Today showed DeAngelo Hall's excitement in welcoming Jackson:
DeAngelo Hall on DeSean Jackson joining Redskins: "He’s the right kind of guy we need in our locker room." http://t.co/TlQP8GA5f9— USA TODAY Sports (@USATODAYsports) April 2, 2014
The 27-year-old playmaker was recently released by the Philadelphia Eagles on March 28 in one of the offseason's most shocking moves thus far. The Eagles confirmed the decision in a statement via their official website:
Is signing Jackson a smart move?
"After careful consideration over this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today."
On the day of Jackson's release, which came just two years after he signed a five-year deal, NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks and A.J. Perez reported that "Jackson's continued association with reputed Los Angeles street gang members who have been connected to two homicides since 2010" was among the list of concerns for Philadelphia.
However, sources close to Jackson and the situation in Philadelphia highlighted the wide receiver's "work ethic and attitude" as the biggest issues concerning the Eagles, per Shorr-Parks and Perez.
Here's a look at Jackson's official statement following his release, per SportsCenter on Twitter:
Former Eagles WR DeSean Jackson denies gang affiliation in statement on his release. » pic.twitter.com/1YuumC0KTa— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 28, 2014
Unsurprisingly, the decision was a polarizing one that generated plenty of reaction. ESPN.com's Mike Sando was among the many willing to give the Eagles the benefit of the doubt:
Tough to critique Eagles' decision on DeSean Jackson w/o knowing what they know. Chip Kelly has given others 2nd chances. Blount at Oregon.— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@SandoESPN) March 28, 2014
Regardless of whether it was the right decision, Jackson is set to begin a brand new chapter in the NFL. And if his first six seasons in the league are any indication, the Redskins have landed a dynamic offensive weapon capable of pulling down 60-plus balls for 1,000-plus yards and a handful of touchdowns each season.
ESPN Stats & Info points out Jackson's big-play ability.
Since entering the league in 2008, nobody has more receiving touchdowns of 30+ yards than DeSean Jackson (21).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 28, 2014
What's more, Jackson is coming off a career year in which he recorded 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns, all career highs. 2013 also marked the first time that Jackson played in all 16 regular-season games since his rookie year in 2008.
It remains to be seen whether Jackson will fit in right away with his new club, but the potential for success is certainly there if he can stay healthy and discover his role within the offense.
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