When there’s a prized free agent to be had, the Washington Redskins more often than not get their man. That was proven prophetic again as the Redskins signed free agent WR DeSean Jackson to a three-year contract.
I don’t care about the gang affiliation accusations surrounding Jackson, which he’s strongly denied. It’s been said that the Philadelphia Eagles, Jackson’s former team, put that information out there to present him as damaged goods to teams interested in acquiring the talented receiver.
I guess the Eagles feel that Riley Cooper can assume the primary receiver slot vacated by Jackson. I guess the Eagles feel that Cooper can duplicate the 82 receptions, 1,332 yards and nine touchdown receptions that Jackson recorded for Philadelphia in 2013. Simply put, I guess the Eagles feel that Cooper can be a game-breaker similar to Jackson. Umm … good luck with that.
The acquisition of Jackson by the Redskins is the greatest free agency find for Washington since the tenure of team owner Daniel M. Snyder began. The Redskins are getting a game-breaking receiver who’s still in his prime and who is a threat to take it the distance every time he touches the ball.
Jackson immediately becomes Robert Griffin III’s primary receiver, considering that not only can RG3 can throw a good deep ball, but Jackson can also catch said ball with alarming frequency. But the Redskins should know that already.
WR Pierre Garcon is probably the happiest Redskin of them all right now. Garcon finally has a legitimate primary receiver opposite himself in Jackson that will take pressure off him. Garcon was Washington’s only consistent bright spot in the passing game in 2013, leading the NFL with 113 receptions. Jackson’s and Garcon’s receptions figure to decrease in 2014, considering that TE Jordan Reed is expected to become the starter at tight end.
And don’t forget, Washington signed WR Andre Roberts earlier this year. Of course, Roberts doesn’t possess the skill set of Jackson. However, Roberts is a solid young receiver who will see opportunities in the slot receiver position with Jackson and Garcon on the field.
Of course, it’s possible that Jackson could become another failed acquisition by the Redskins if he’s not happy, but we’re not talking doom and gloom here. Right now, Jackson’s acquisition spells the beginning of some exciting football in Washington.