DeSean Jackson will wear the Gold and Burgundy
Late last night, DeSean himself tweeted:
At that point, I thought the deal was most likely for sure, but there was no announcement from the Redskins or from the NFL, only from other reporters.
This morning, however, one of the first things I encountered on my Facebook feed was a "fill in the blank" by the Redskins organization "I am _____ that DeSean Jackson is a Redskin" and I knew it had to be true.
Robert Griffin III is undoubtedly happy.
DeSean is a three time Pro Bowler, released by the Philadelphia Eagles last Friday after only two years of a five year contract. A reporter stated that Jackson has ties with a gang in his native southern California, a report DeSean has denied repeatedly. Perhaps it was just an excuse, but the Eagles released him, giving no concrete reason. A personality conflict between Jackson and Eagles Coach, Chip Kelly, has been rumored as the reason, but no reason has been given.
Dan Snyder is not one to let rumors affect his acceptance of players, as we have seen before.
This is a huge move for the Redskins, who had the worst record in the NFC last year. With no first round draft pick - they traded it in order to get RGIII - the Redskins needed to find another receiver. Pierre Garcon is reportedly very happy. In fact, all the Redskins (and their fans) are pretty happy with the move.
The deal is for three years and will net DeSean 26 million, with 16 of that guaranteed. The NFC just got a whole lot more interesting.