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Redskins' DeSean Jackson Leads NFL in 30-Yard Receiving Touchdowns Since 2008

Philadelphia Eagles DeSean Jackson (10) of Team Sanders celebrates after making a catch for a touchdown in the first half during the Pro Bowl, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
Eugene Tanner
Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 4, 2014

Per USA Today, the Washington Redskins have signed wide receiver DeSean Jackson to a three-year contract, procuring the NFL's co-leader in touchdown receptions of 30-plus yards since the beginning of 2008.

Jackson and the Miami Dolphins' Mike Wallace have each caught 21 such passes over the last six seasons, while third-place Calvin Johnson has hauled in 17.

Jackson's co-lead comes with an asterisk, however, as Wallace was playing for the University of Mississippi in 2008, while Jackson was a rookie for the Philadelphia Eagles.

On the other hand, Wallace has shown some troubling signs of decline over the last two seasons, after emerging as the game's premier deep threat from 2009 to 2011.

Wallace still has more than enough speed to burn defensive backs, but his hands are rather shaky, and he isn't much of a threat in the short and intermediate passing game. Still just 27 years old, there's reason to believe that the Dolphin's best days are behind him, following a 930-yard season in his first season in Miami.

Jackson faced similar questions about a possible decline before last season, but he answered those questions (and then some) by catching 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns, setting or matching a career-high in each of the three major receiving categories.

But the Eagles still decided to head in another direction, and whatever Philadelphia's reasons may be, the rival Redskins now possess the most dangerous deep threat in football.

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