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Redskins sign DeSean Jackson; press release and quotes

Redskins sign DeSean Jackson; press release and quotes

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed free agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jackson (5-10, 175) was originally selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round (49th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 87 regular season games with 86 starts, compiling 7,813 all-purpose yards and 39 total touchdowns, all with Philadelphia from 2008-13.

For his career, the three-time Pro Bowler has amassed 356 receptions for 6,117 yards (17.2 avg.) with 32 receiving touchdowns and 57 rushing attempts for 373 yards (6.5 avg.) and three rushing touchdowns. He has also returned 131 punts for 1,294 yards (9.9 avg.) with four touchdowns and has added 29 yards on four kick returns.

Last season, Jackson started all 16 regular season games for Philadelphia for the first time in his career and also started his sixth career postseason game. During the regular season, Jackson posted career highs in receptions (82) and receiving yards (1,332) and matched his career high with nine receiving touchdowns en route to his third career Pro Bowl selection – his first since making consecutive Pro Bowl appearances after the 2009-10 seasons.

In 2009, Jackson became the first player in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl at two different positions, earning berths at both wide receiver and kick returner. That season, Jackson scored eight touchdowns covering 50 yards or more, tying an NFL record previously held by Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch (1951) and Devin Hester (2007). From 2008-10, Jackson became one of only two players in NFL history to have recorded a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown and punt return touchdown in each of his first three seasons, joining Dick Todd, who accomplished the feat with the Redskins from 1939-41.

Jackson played collegiately at California from 2005-07, appearing in 36 games with 34 starts. He recorded 162 receptions for 2,423 yards (15.0 avg.) with 22 receiving touchdowns and added 24 rushing attempts for 199 yards (8.3 avg.) and one rushing touchdown. He also returned 38 career punts for 633 yards (16.7 avg.) with six touchdowns. He earned All-Pac-10 honors in both 2006 and 2007, and was named as a consensus All-American as a punt returner as a sophomore in 2006.

Jackson, 27, attended Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic H.S, where he received the 2004 Glenn Davis Award from the Los Angeles Times as Southern California's Player of the Year. He was born on Dec. 1, 1986.

WHAT THE REDSKINS ARE SAYING ABOUT DESEAN JACKSON

“We’re excited to have him. 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.”

-          Head Coach Jay Gruden 

“We are all excited to have him join our team. Our team and this city will be there for him. In talking with him, I understand his drive and his competitiveness to win – always doing it for his dad and now doing it for this city.”

-          Quarterback Robert Griffin III

“I’m excited to have another weapon. The guy is mad fast and I think, overall, it definitely helps the offense.”

-          Running Back Alfred Morris

“DeSean is a great player. He can help our offense, help our team. 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.”

-          Wide Receiver Pierre Garçon, as told to Larry Michael on Redskins Nation

“He just brings another home run hitter that I’m very excited to play with. Any time you get a Pro Bowl caliber guy in free agency, I think it does a lot for the team.”

-          Tackle Trent Williams

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The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 7 worst play of 2016

Giants at Redskins, Week 17

4:02 left in Q4, Giants ball 1st and 10 at their own 31, game tied 10-10

Eli Manning pass deep left to Tavarres King pushed ob at WAS 25 for 44 yards (Will Blackmon).

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Tandler: It looked like the Redskins were on the verge of saving their season. They were down 10-0 in the third quarter but they battled back to tie it up in the late going. But after lulling the Redskins defense to sleep with running plays and short passes, Manning launched one deep down the left sideline. King, who had one reception for six yards on the season coming into the game, had a step on cornerback Greg Toler and he hauled in the pass for 44 yards. Four plays later Robbie Gould kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Giants the lead.

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Finlay: In a terrible game that led to many more questions than answers for the Redskins, this play was just a huge, huge disappointment. Washington fought back to tie up a game that they had largely been outplayed in, particulrly in the first half. Remember, the Giants had nothing to play for while for the 'Skins, a win would put them in the playoffs. The New York offense was laregly nonexistent in the second half of this game, as it became obvious Eli Manning did not want to get hit. And still, the embattled Redskins defense gave up a long pass play to a dude that had contrbuted basically nothing all season. 

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Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for when it comes to Kirk Cousins this offseason

Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for when it comes to Kirk Cousins this offseason

Mike Shanahan likes Kirk Cousins, both as a person and as a quarterback. The former Redskins coach has made no secret about that. Luckilly for the 'Skins, especially with Cousins staring at free agency, Mike Shanahan is no longer coaching in the NFL.

His son Kyle, however, seems highly likely to take over as San Francisco 49ers head coach. And soon.

Kyle Shanahan currently serves as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, and once their playoff run ends, most expect Shanahan to be named Niners head coach. 

Why should Washington fans care? Allow ESPN's Adam Schefter to explain:

Kyle Shanahan is set to become the San Francisco 49ers' head coach after Atlanta's season ends. San Francisco needs a quarterback as much as any other team in the league. If Cousins is available, the 49ers would pursue him as hard as they've pursued Shanahan.

Even if Washington tags Cousins, San Francisco could attempt to pry him loose in a trade with a package that could include this year's No. 2 overall draft pick. And if Washington doesn't want to deal now, it could have issues later.

This news should not be a shock to Skins fans, but it should be taken seriously. Remember, Kyle Shanahan was part of the Washington organization when Cousins was drafted and the duo worked together in 2012 and 2013. Most quarterbacks would love to run Shanahan's No. 1 ranked offense from Atlanta, and the guess here says Cousins would probably jump at the opportunity. 

Still, much must be worked out.

While some in the Washington front office might have questions about what the long-term value should be in a Cousins contract, the team still has some control. They can place the franchise tag on Cousins this season, like they did last season, and work until mid-summer on a multi-year deal. Or Cousins can again play on a franchise tag in 2017, like he did in 2016 and passed for nearly 5,000 yards.

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What makes Schefter's report the most interesting is the mention of the No. 2 overall pick. Observing the Redskins in 2016, it became obvious the team needs more impact players on defense, and with the second overall pick combined with their own 17th pick and eight more after that, that could deliver an immediate boost. 

Whatever boost a package of draft picks might bring in will be hard pressed to match the production of Cousins. Finding a starting quarterback in the NFL is exceptionally hard, and while Cousins has shown flashes of a special player, he has certainly confirmed he is a capable player in two seasons at the helm of Jay Gruden's offense.

Scot McCloughan and the Redskins brain trust have a few more weeks before free agency, and with it, the deadline to again place the franchise tag on Cousins. It's nearly impossible to see a scenario where Cousins hits the open market this season, but if the No. 2 overall pick comes into play, other scenarios start to seem more possible. 

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