Should the Redskins trade for Philadelphia receiver DeSean Jackson? Only if they want to seriously contend for the NFC East title. The price for the disgruntled receiver is high — about $10.5 million this season and $30 million through 2016 — and Jackson can be a diva. But at least he’s a diva who produces.
Unlike Albert Haynesworth and a series of other failed free agent signings in Washington’s past, Jackson is coming off a career-best 1,332 yards (second-most in Philadelphia history). Redskins fans might remember his 11 catches for 186 yards in two games against Washington last season.
Acquiring Jackson would take away one asset from Philadelphia, which is reportedly ready to say good riddance because he doesn’t mesh well with coach Chip Kelly. Former college coaches always have trouble adjusting to the pros, where grown men making big money aren’t intimidated. Trading for Jackson would also give Washington another big-play receiver alongside Pierre Garcon. Washington hasn’t truly enjoyed two playmakers since its Super Bowl days nearly a quarter century ago.
The price to acquire Jackson is reportedly a mid-round pick. Big deal. This isn’t the same sucker trade Philadelphia pulled when it sent Donovan McNabb to Washington in 2010. It would be more like the Redskins-Eagles deal when Sonny Jurgensen came to Washington in 1964. If Philadelphia wants a mid-level pick, send quarterback Kirk Cousins instead. He won’t play for the Redskins unless Robert Griffin III is hurt, and Cousins didn’t show much last season over the final three games. He wouldn’t play in Philadelphia, either, sitting behind another younger passer in Nick Foles. It would be an easy deal to make if they’d take it instead of a fourth-rounder.
Washington didn’t go for a big-name cornerback or safety in free agency, much to many fans’ dismay. General manager Bruce Allen has proven a fiscal conservative worthy of tea party leadership. (Note to Bruce: It’s OK to spend owner Dan Snyder’s money. He would prefer a playmaking receiver than another big yacht anyway.)
Washington spent large for former Dallas defensive end Jason Hatcher, but who knows if he’s really a game-breaker. His 11 sacks in 2013 made for a breakout season after seven low-production years.
The Redskins don’t have the defense to reach the playoffs. They’ll have to win shootouts. Given that Griffin is the beginning, middle and end of Washington’s postseason chances, the Redskins should pump up the offense and try to win 30-27 each week.
New coach Jay Gruden will probably pass more this season, and having Jackson, Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed would bring the fury.
Because it’s all about winning, right?