A little over 24 hours after arriving in D.C. to begin discussions with Redskins officials, former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson reportedly accepted a deal with Washington, pending an official announcement from the team.
Filed to ESPN: Redskins and former Eagles WR DeSean Jackson are expected to reach agreement Tuesday night on multi-year contract, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 2, 2014
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the deal, which will ensure Jackson will remain in Washington for the next three seasons barring any complications. The Redskins were apparently able to fend off a late push from the San Francisco 49ers and keep Jackson in town long enough to reach an agreement with the free agent.
The Eagles will now see first-hand whether or not their decision to cut ties with Jackson will come back and bite them, as they will being facing Jackson and the Redskins twice a season. The 27-year old receiver will join an offense teeming with big-play potential. Pierre Garçon is an established top target for young quarterback Robert Griffin III. Running back Alfred Morris has broken the 1,000 yard mark in the first of his two seasons, and tight end Jordan Reed flashed the type of potential teams salivate over from that position.
Washington’s Jay Gruden, entering his first season as a professional head coach, will have his ability to control a locker room and all of the personalities in it put to the test right from the jump. Many felt his older brother’s ability to manage the types of egos that some of the NFL’s top talents was his greatest strength. With Jackson now in the fold, Jay will have to try to duplicate brother Jon’s gift.
Financial terms of the deal have yet to be released, though speculation swirled that Jackson’s annual salary might be similar to what he would have made in Philadelphia. Jackson reached out to his new fanbase, shockingly on Instagram, to make the move unofficially official.
With Robert Griffin III delivering him the ball, it is likely that Jackson will have every opportunity to remind the Eagles what they walked away from.
Update 7:25 A.M. EST: Jackson’s deal is a three-year deal, worth $24 million per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. According to Schefter, Jackson will also get $16 million guaranteed over the course of the deal, which is two million dollars more than he got in his five-year deal he signed with the Eagles in 2011. I can’t wait until after year two of that deal when DeSean wants more money, and is still only 29.