The Redskins are about to lose their second starting wide receiver in the last two days.
A day after Pierre Garçon headed west after agreeing to a deal with the 49ers, it looks like DeSean Jackson is going to be heading south.
Per multiple media reports, the long-rumored move of Jackson going to the Tampa Bay Bucs will become a reality today sometime after NFL free agency opens at 4 p.m.
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Jackson signed with the Redskins in 2014 after six years with the Eagles. He was productive his first season there, gaining 1,169 yards receiving and leading the league with an average of 20.9 yards per catch.
A hamstring injury that cost him five games hurt his 2015 production but he came back strong this past season with 1,005 receiving yards and again led the league with an average of 17.9 yards per reception.
We don’t have any numbers on the proposed contract. Jackson has let it be known that the highest bidder would have a good chance of landing his services and there was speculation that he could get a deal averaging $12 million per year.
The Redskins stayed in touch with Jackson over the past few days but it never seemed like they were going to be the highest bidder. Jackson will be 31 before the season is out and the Redskins were hesitant to give a big deal to a player who may be fading in production.
UPDATE 4:42 p.m.: Jackson has confirmed the move to Tampa Bay in an Instagram post.
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The 2017 NFL Draft isn't officially here, but it's very near. And for the Washington Redskins, this year's NFL Draft brings with it a lot of intrigue.
The Redskins are coming off an 8-7-1 season and are in the middle of an offseason that's included a lot of change. Therefore, the team needs to ace their 2017 NFL Draft and bring in a rookie class with a lot of talent.
How will they do that, though? Starting with pick No. 17, will the Redskins draft a player based on need or based on their board? And which prospects would be the best fits for Washington?
Scroll through CSNmidatlantic.com's 2017 Redskins draft preview for the most in-depth coverage of the team's draft you'll find before the big night.
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From February to July of 2016, Redskins fans anxiously waited for news that quarterback Kirk Cousins would agree to a contract extension with the franchise. It never happened. It's late April, and Cousins and Washington are on the same track in 2017.
While fans grow wary of the lack of movement towards a new deal, some league sources think contract talks will heat up as the calendar draws closer to the July 15 deadline.
That doesn't mean Cousins can't have a good sense of humor about things.
To be clear, this is another year of Cousins working to promote the Holland Hospital in his hometown in Michigan. This is not an extension with the Redskins. And it gave a number of Redskins fans an outburst of excitement before a stark realization. Below are a few Twitter responses:
Considering how testy the contract talks between the 'Skins and Cousins representatives have been at times, it's good to see the club's all-time single season passing yards record holder be able to laugh about things.
It doesn't, however, mean much about the actual negotiations between Washington and Cousins.
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