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Jackson confirmed the news on Twitter.
Fantasy football owners should be as pleased with this move as the Redskins. As ESPN's John Keim notes, Jackson’s addition brings an explosive element that the Washington receiving corps has been lacking. Jackson will join Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss and fellow free agent signee Andre Roberts as receiving options for Robert Griffin III.
Jackson was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday and is coming off the best season of his career. Jackson caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns with the Eagles last season.
Philadelphia’s decision-makers reportedly had growing concern about Jackson after he showed up late to meetings and clashed with head coach Chip Kelly off and on last season. The team also had concerns about Jackson’s alleged gang connections, according to a report from NJ.com. Jackson’s contract called for him to earn a base salary of $10.5 million in 2014.
Jackson arrived in northern Virginia on Monday night and dined with members of the Redskins coaching staff, including coach Jay Gruden. He later went to a club with current Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall and Garcon. Both players have publicly stated their desire for Jackson to join the Redskins, as has Griffin.
"Very exciting player. Determined to show he is the best and hungry to win. My kinda guy," Griffin told ESPN's Britt McHenry.
No doubt about that.
Jackson has 356 career receptions, averaging 17.2 yards per catch. He has caught 32 touchdown passes. He also has three rushing touchdowns and four more on punt returns.
The Redskins haven't had a receiver average more than 17.0 yards per catch with at least 50 receptions since Moss in 2005.
No other receiver with that many catches has even hit 15.0 per catch. Only two receivers since 2008 have averaged more yards per catch -- Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd. And only Mike Wallace has as many touchdown receptions (21) of at least 30 yards as Jackson.
As ESPN.com scout Matt Williamson told listeners during an appearance with the FootballDiehards on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio this past Saturday, Jackson's speed is something opposing defensive coordinators dread. That ability to take the top off the defense is something they have to account for on every snap.
"He scares defenses," Williamson stated.
Indeed, as noted above, Jackson had a career year in Kelly's offense as the Eagles moved him around to maximize his speed and minimize his small size. Don't be surprised if Gruden does something similar. His presence will only add to the playmaking ability of Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed. It won't hurt Alfred Morris and the rushing attack any either.
Roberts might not fare as well. According to Keim, the plan was to play the former Cardinal; inside and outside, but with Jackson on board, Roberts could be relegated to mostly slot duty.
But all that is secondary to the bump Griffin gets. Fantasy owners should begin dialing up the expectations a notch or two.