For Morgan, the signing is a homecoming. He was a star football and basketball player at H.D. Woodson High School and grew up just two blocks from RFK Stadium.
Being a fan of the Redskins came naturally to the 26-year-old.
“I had no choice. It was kind of forced upon me,” he joked Thursday. “There was no other football on TV, but Redskins football.”
The San Francisco 49ers selected him in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL draft after he caught 122 passes for 1,817 yards and 16 touchdowns in college, each of which ranks in the top four in Virginia Tech history.
He suffered a broken ankle in Week 5 last season and was subsequently placed on injured reserve. Prior to that point he recorded 15 catches for 220 yards and a touchdown.
More importantly, he had time to familiarize himself with new coach Jim Harbaugh’s offense, which he believes will benefit him in Washington.
“I got a chance to get a little taste of the offense yesterday when I was out there signing my contract,” said Morgan of the Redskins plans. “Basically, it seems like the same type of offense I was playing in, like Coach Harbaugh just implemented in San Francisco. The wording and the terminology are a little different, but it seems like the same type of style of offense.”
Upgrading at wide receiver was a priority for the Redskins, who recently lost out to the San Diego Chargers in their pursuit of Eddie Royal .
Morgan said the Redskins “came strong” in their pitch on Tuesday while the 49ers tried to retain him.
To hear Morgan tell it, he’s ready to go now after speaking with head coach Mike Shanahan this week.
“I can’t wait after the conversation I had with coach Shanahan. I’m ready to go out there and beat the Cowboys right now,” he said. “He’s that type of guy. He gets you fired up. I truly believe every word he says. He don’t’ look like the kind of guy that will steer you the wrong way or sell you a lot of dreams. He’s straight forward and will tell you what he expects of you.”
Enthusiasm is key following successive ho-hum seasons. New faces and drafting a franchise quarterback might just be the ticket.
Speaking of which, Morgan is looking forward to working with Robert Griffin III or, yes, Andrew Luck. It is widely assumed RGIII will be coming to D.C. though a few quiet rumblings have begun that the Colts may pull a fast one and draft the Baylor product.
Morgan is okay with whomever the Redskins bring in.
“Whatever quarterback we do get, we’re just going to have to get together and work hard and get that chemistry fast.” he wholesomely stated. “You know either one of them, whichever one it is, they are going to have those growing pains being a rookie quarterback. But we’re just going to have to work with them and work together as a team.”
Tip of the hat to Chris and the Commish for landing the interview.