Redskins Emerge as Contenders in DeSean Jackson Sweepstakes

by Chris Lingebach

Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 6:52 p.m.

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Washington Redskins have emerged as contenders to sign elite free agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

“Two wildcard teams interest in DeSean Jackson: Redskins and Bills,” Rapoport tweeted. “Can see both fits. Toss those in with Chiefs, Raiders and the rest.”

Jackson, just 27, was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, amid rampant speculation of his alleged gang ties, and repeated run-ins with head coach Chip Kelly.

Players around the league have taken to social media to defend Jackson’ integrity, and dispel such rumors.

Some things to consider as Jackson weighs his options: The Raiders could be a fit, as Jackson is a Los Angeles native. Also, he played for five seasons under Andy Reid, now the Chiefs head coach.

But, considering the nature of his split from the Eagles, landing on a team within the NFC East division could prove a fascinating notion for Jackson to entertain as well.

Jackson was drafted 49th overall (2nd round) in 2008 by the Eagles, and is coming off the best season of his career. In 2013, he caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and 9 touchdowns.

For his career, Jackson has 356 receptions for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns in 6 seasons.

The following report was issued by at 12:05 p.m. on Friday:

“Now the Eagles have even more serious concerns — Jackson’s continued association with reputed Los Angeles street gang members who have been connected to two homicides since 2010.”

The Eagles sent an email informing reporters of Jackson’s release at 12:45 p.m, according to Brian McIntyre.

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