When DeSean Jackson posted on his Twitter account Tuesday night, “It’s going down!! Burgundy & Gold,” those in the Washington Redskins nation knew what that meant: The explosive, former Philadelphia Eagles receiver had signed with the team in the nation’s capital.
After a two-day visit in Los Angeles, Jackson and the team came to an agreement on a three-year deal worth $24 millions with $12 million of it guaranteed. Other teams reportedly were interested in Jackson, including the San Francisco 49ers. But after dinner with new Redskins coach Jay Gruden and other staff members, Jackson and his representatives agreed to terms.
The past week has been heady for Jackson, 27, who was released by Philly after reports alleged he was involved with LA street gangs. The speedy receiver vehemently denied the allegations, and the Los Angeles Police Department told the Philadelphia Daily News that Jackson has not been involved in gang violence.
Jackson is coming off his best year as a pro with 82 receptions, 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III said Tuesday that Jackson “is my kind of guy.” The Redskins’ offense was ninth last season with 369.7 yards a game despite struggles from Griffin as he worked his way back into form after reconstructive knee surgery following the 2012 season.
Jackson’s big play ability, with Pierre Garcon, running back Alfred Morris and Griffin promises to provide defenses with a myriad of issues.