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Redskins and DeSean Jackson make progress toward a deal

DeSean Jackson reaches for a pass in front of the Giants’ Corey Webster last season. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)

The Washington Redskins and wide receiver DeSean Jackson have made progress towards a deal, but the two sides have yet to finalize the agreement, two people with knowledge of the situation said.

Jackson arrived at Redskins Park on Monday evening and went to dinner with Coach Jay Gruden and members of the coaching staff. He also spent time with wide receiver Pierre Garcon and cornerback DeAngelo Hall late Monday night.

More meetings were scheduled for Tuesday as Washington front-office officials and Jackson’s representative continued negotiations.

One person, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the matter, said Tuesday morning that the sides were believed to be “getting close.” But as of that time, Jackson had yet to sign a contract, a second person said.

The Redskins believe that Jackson, paired with Garcon, fellow free agent addition Andre Roberts and tight end Jordan Reed, will give them a potent pass-catching unit.

Jackson is coming off of a career year in which he had 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.

But Jackson fell out of favor with Eagles Coach Chip Kelly after just one season, and on Friday, the Eagles released him amid concerns about Jackson’s impact on the locker room. The move came just two years after Philadelphia awarded Jackson a five-year, $48 million contract, and despite the fact that he still counts $6.25 million against the salary cap from the signing bonus given to him.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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