It’s a simple poll question, yes or no, but a complex thing to consider. Do you want the Redskins to sign free agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson?
On one hand, he’s a three-time Pro Bowl player in the prime of his career (turns 28 Dec. 1), with elite speed and rare game-changing ability. He led the Eagles in receiving five of his six seasons in the league, is coming off career highs in receptions (82), yards (1,332) and receiving touchdowns (nine, tied with 2009). Advanced NFL Stats has him with the seventh-best win probability added among wide receivers, ProFootballFocus gives him the seventh-best grade among WRs, and Football Outsiders has him sixth in Defense-adjusted yards above replacement.
In other words, no matter how you slice it, the talent is still there. He’s a player you love on Sundays.
On the other hand, a team doesn’t just release one of its most talented players, especially after he was instrumental in leading them to a divison title last season. Philadelphia was unable to trade Jackson quietly or when they were obvious about it. Certainly his contract and the compensation involved in a trade made it an issue, but the fact that the Eagles wanted him off the roster so badly they wouldn’t even hold on until draft weekend to try to get a late-round pick seems like a red flag.
I happened to catch the first few minutes of the Grant & Danny show on the radio this morning. Those guys would have liked to talk about MLB Opening Day, but first had some strong opinions against the Redskins signing Jackson. Among their concerns was that Jackson is selfish in the locker room and doesn’t give full effort on the field at all times, allegedly has been banned from nightclubs and allegedly has ties to gang members. They questioned the circumstances surrounding the recent burglary at his home, and pointed to that fact that his longtime coach, Andy Reid, who is now in Kansas City, apparently doesn’t want him. They pointed out that the Redskins have already made big financial commitments to WRs Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts, and that teams that win Super Bowl don’t always have great WRs.
They also said that landing a big free agent would be the same ol’ Redskins. Then again, even if you only watch NFC East games, there are DeSean Jackson signature moments — beating LaRon Landry at the beginning of a Monday Night game, doing the Nestea plunge into the end zone in a Sunday night game against Dallas, the miracle punt return to cap a 2010 comeback against the Giants.
No matter which way you feel, you can probably talk yourself into it. So which is it?
This is Post Sports Live video from last week, before he was released:
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