There’s no denying that the Washington Redskins signing wide receiver DeSean Jackson was the right move. The reason for that is because the organization needed to shake things up and spark some interest among the fan base. At this point, the Redskins better hope that the good Jackson shows up, instead of the one who creates controversy.
Honestly, Jackson agreeing to a contract with the Redskins will be either very good or very bad for the team this season. His unbelievable athleticism, speed and route-running skills suggest he is exactly the weapon Robert Griffin III needs to put Washington back on the map in the football world. On the downside, Jackson could become a locker room parasite at any moment. His actions could easily derail the focus of the team, which would certainly sink the unstable ship that is the Redskins.
For now, the coaches, players and fans will have to believe in the good version of Jackson. What other choice do they have? Not to mention, there’s no reason to buy into his presence on the team being a bad thing until he does something to give everyone a reason to think otherwise.
The biggest concern has to be that the Philadelphia Eagles gave up on Jackson for a reason. Several reports out of Philadelphia suggest head coach Chip Kelly simply didn’t see how Jackson fit in his future plans for the team. Kelly wants a specific type of wide receiver on his squad, one that Riley Cooper fits. Jackson just didn’t fit the mold. I’m sure the alleged gang ties and double-digit per year salary made the decision easier as well.
The reality is Jackson averaged 1,019 receiving yards and five touchdowns per season over the past six years. The Redskins needed an electrifying playmaker on offense, and Jackson fits the criteria. There’s a good chance this story ends well for Washington and Jackson, but only time will tell.