Per Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington, DeSean Jackson has left the Washington Redskins facility without a contract. While Jackson isn’t present, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that Jackson’s agent Joel Segal is in D.C. and is beginning contract negotiations with the Redskins.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 1, 2014
While this doesn’t necessarily guarantee a deal, it certainly makes it much more likely. Should Segal not get the numbers that he and Jackson have in mind, Segal could leave the negotiations without a deal, and fly to San Francisco with Jackson, and visit with the 49ers, who have ‘guarded interest’ per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Earlier this morning, Dianna Russini of NBC 4 in Washington D.C., reported that the Cleveland Browns were ‘going hard’ on an offer for Jackson, although we haven’t heard much more about the Browns’ interest since then. But, Segal could also use the Browns as negotiation leverage as well. In either scenario, it sounds like the Browns or 49ers would be more or a leverage visit than anything, and that Jackson will remain in the NFC East and sign with the Washington Redskins.
Update 3:12 PM EST- Per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Joel Segal has been scheduled to be in Washington D.C. for over a month to give a lecture, so it wasn’t exactly
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Segal served as a guest lecturer on Tuesday at George Washington University. He made the commitment at least a month ago, long before the possibility of Jackson looking for a new job became anything close to a reality.
That said, Segal is in D.C., so naturally negotiations will take place.
Segal has yet to negotiate with the Redskins, but we’re told talks likely will commence soon. They’ll happen either in person or by phone.
Update 9:15 PM EST- While it appears that you can sleep safely knowing the DeSean Jackson isn’t going to sign with the Redskins overnight, Philly.com’s Jeff McLane says that the Redskins are still the favorite for Jackson.
The Redskins have not backed off, though, and appeared to be the likely landing spot for Jackson as of Tuesday night.
As McLane points out in the article, the Redskins appear to be the only suitor that we haven’t heard of having any hesitancy to meet Jackson’s financial requests and/or showing concerns about reported gang connections.