By Benjy Swan: For better or for worse, the Washington Redskins have agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the much troubled wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The deal guarantees Jackson $16 million, which means that the Redskins are stuck with the 5’10”, 175lb receiver for the next two seasons even if things go badly in 2014 for him. You’d better hope that Jackson is the player that they think he is, because that’s a lot of money for the Redskins to be paying to a receiver, especially one like Jackson.
The Redskins didn’t want to let Jackson get out of Washington without signing him during his visit on Monday, as the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and a number of other teams were very interested in having Jackson come visit them.
The Redskins obviously knew that these teams would have given Jackson a better offer than what they gave him, so they offered him the biggest deal they could. For Jackson, he probably should have waited until he visited all of the interested teams in order to get the biggest deal possible. He likely shortchanged himself by agreeing to the first team that offered him a contract.
Jackson is coming off his best season of his career in catching 82 passes for 1,332 yards with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. However, his big $10.5 million contract was a tad too much for the Eagles to keep him on their team for the 2014 season. They wanted to have more room to sign other players, and that contract would have kept the Eagles from being able to get the players they needed to be competitive.
This is a risky move for the Redskins, because if DeSean fails to make a huge impact with the team, then they’re to be stuck with him for at least two seasons before they get cut him before the start of hgis third season.