WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – DeSean Jackson has signed a contract to play for the Washington Redskins, the team announced on Wednesday.
Jackson agreed to terms late Tuesday evening, and although they were not disclosed, Darren Heitner of Forbes.com reports Jackson’s deal is worth $24 million over three years, with $16 million of that guaranteed.
As Ian Rapoport notes the deal is technically for 4 years, $32 million, but the 4th year voids automatically — a measure taken by the Redskins to spread out the cap hit.
Jackson, drafted 49th overall (2nd round) by the Eagles in 2008, is coming off a career best in 2013, when he caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and 9 touchdowns, warranting his third Pro Bowl selection.
In six NFL seasons, Jackson has 356 receptions, 6,117 yards and 32 receiving touchdowns.
Griffin offered sincere excitement, but cautious optimism about his new teammate on Wednesday, saying in a text to Grant Paulsen “everyone needs to understand that we haven’t won anything yet.”
“We’re excited to have him,” said head coach Jay Gruden. “Any time you have an opportunity to get a splash player like DeSean Jackson, you have to do your best to get him. Fortunately Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder got it done, but we’re excited to have the competitor and the player of DeSean’s caliber.”
“I’m excited to have another weapon,” said Alfred Morris. “The guy is mad fast and I think, overall, it definitely helps the offense.”
“DeSean is a great player. He can help our offense, help our team,” Pierre Garcon said. “You know he’s definitely going to open up things. We’re going to make plays for each other and help get the ball into the end zone.”
“He just brings another home run hitter that I’m very excited to play with,” said Trent Williams. “Any time you get a Pro Bowl caliber guy in free agency, I think it does a lot for the team.”