By Jake Russell
The Washington Redskins bolstered their roster Wednesday by signing former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
The controversial playmaker was released by Philadelphia on Friday amidst allegations of gang ties, which were later disputed by the Los Angeles Police Department. He also reportedly did not mesh well with Eagles head coach Chip Kelly or provide a positive influence in Philadelphia’s locker room dynamic.
Despite the reports, Washington felt the risk was worth the reward. The deal, reportedly worth three years and $24 million with $16 million guaranteed, was agreed upon late Tuesday night. Jackson put pen to paper Wednesday afternoon.
Jackson brings dynamic playmaking ability to an offense desperately in need of it. The 27-year-old adds to quarterback Robert Griffin III’s stable of young offensive weapons already consisting of wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts, running back Alfred Morris and tight end Jordan Reed.
Over his six-year career, Jackson caught 32 passes for 572 yards and five touchdowns against the Redskins.
Not to be lost in the Jackson news is the return of 12-year safety Ryan Clark, who also officially inked his new contract with the Redskins on Wednesday.
Clark became a fan favorite in Washington during his two seasons with the team in 2004 and 2005. He brings a positive locker room presence and an on-field mentor for second-year safeties Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo. Clark won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009 and played in the 2011 Pro Bowl.
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