Redskins sign free agent WR DeSean Jackson

Redskins sign free agent WR DeSean Jackson
April 2, 2014, 12:30 am
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Three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson has agreed to terms with the Redskins.

Early Wednesday morning, Jackson tweeted:

In a response to Jackson’s tweet, quarterback Robert Griffin III wrote, “Welcome our new brother to #TheMovement #RedskinsNation.” Griffin also joked about who will get to wear No. 10 since it’s Jackson’s jersey number.

Jackson, who visited the Redskins on Monday and Tuesday and had Redskins players lobbying publicly on his behalf for days, is expected to sign the contract on Wednesday in Ashburn, sources confirmed.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that it’s a three-year pact, though financial details were not immediately known.

Jackson spent the past six seasons in Philadelphia but, in a surprising move, was released by the Eagles last Friday amid reports of a rift with head coach Chip Kelly, questions about his work ethic and concerns about the company he keeps off the field.

Washington – and as many as eight other teams – reached out to the 27-year-old almost immediately, and by Saturday evening the Redskins had arranged to be the first to host him for a visit. Jackson arrived in town late Monday, had dinner with head coach Jay Gruden and then was wooed by Redskins veterans Pierre Garçon and DeAngelo Hall at a night club.

On Tuesday, the sides rolled up their sleeves and got down to business.

Jackson arrived at Redskins Park and met with coaches and other team officials for nearly three hours. And although he left without a deal, he remained in town while his agent, Joel Segal, hammered out the details of an agreement.

It’s unlikely that there will be an introductory news conference, according to a source.

Jackson is coming off a career season and could potentially give the Redskins one of the league’s most explosive offenses. He hauled in 82 passes and a career-best 1,332 yards in 2013 as the Eagles claimed the NFC East championship. He ranked ninth in yards after the catch with 489, according to ProFootballFocus.com, and ninth in yards per reception with 16.2.

Jackson could also fill another role: punt returner. He led the league in 2009 in average yards per return (15.2) but he was not used as much in recent seasons as the Eagles attempted to reduce the wear and tear on his body.

With Jackson in the fold, the Redskins now have an impressive stable of playmakers that includes Griffin, Garçon, Jordan Reed, Alfred Morris and Andre Roberts, who signed last month.

Joining the Redskins, meantime, makes solid sense for Jackson, as well. It pairs him with Griffin, an exciting young quarterback with a strong arm. It also gives Jackson the chance to face his former team twice a season within the division.

The Redskins, on the other hand, are just glad he's on their side now.

In recent days, players clamored for Jackson in the media and on Twitter.

On Saturday night, DeAngelo Hall said he had been disappointed with the Redskins’ conservative approach to free agency but that it “would make my year” if Jackson signed in Washington. On Monday, Garçon told CSNWashington.com that Jackson would be welcomed with open arms, adding, “He makes plays. Whenever he gets the ball he can take it to the house – and that’s what we need. Hopefully he signs with us.”

Well, the Redskins and Jackson both got what they wanted.