It’s that time of the year again when players make moves and sign new contracts. Among those who are moving is former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, DeSean Jackson. He recently signed a three-year, $24 million contract ($16 million guaranteed) with the Redskins.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) April 2, 2014
The deal came after Jackson visited Virginia and was “wined and dined” by the coaching team and fellow players. Redskin team members Pierre Garcon and DeAngelo Hall, as well as quarterback Robert Griffin III have all publically stated their desire for Jackson to join the team. Now that he is officially on board the Redskins have been making plans. They will pair the wide receiver with first-time head coach, Jay Gruden. Gruden worked next to the Bengals coach Mavin Lewis in Cincinnati. He is known to be able to get a great performance out of players with some off-field issues. These players include cornerback Adam Jones and running back Cedric Benson. Gruden’s experience with troubled players may be a gift to Jackson. There was a reason he was let go from the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles cited that there were issues with Jackson’s demeanor and attitude that did not fit into their culture. Additionally, there was a story published recently that Jackson may have been involved in a gang. After this was published, Jackson quickly issued a statement that read, “I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang. I am not a gang member and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible. I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values…I have worked tirelessly to give back to my community and have a positive impact on those in need. It is unfortunate that I now have to defend myself and my intentions. These reports are irresponsible and just not true. I look forward to working hard for my new team. God Bless.”
Whatever his activities off the field, Jackson is a great player. The WR is coming from an 82-catch, 1,332-yard season with nine touchdowns. The Redskins are fortunate to have such a skilled player join their team.
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