Free agent receiver DeSean Jackson’s deal with the Washington Redskins is a reported 3-year, $24 million with $16 million of it guaranteed money, according to Forbes. The contract still hasn’t been signed by Jackson, but he’s expected to put ink on paper today to complete the deal.
This is decent money for a player who was recently cut by the Philadelphia Eagles. Jackson was supposed to make $10.5 million in 2014 with the Eagles, but instead he’ll be getting a small pay cut of $2.5 million per season to play for the Redskins. You have to wonder how long before Jackson holds out for more money?
If Jackson puts in big numbers for the Redskins in 2014, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hold out for a raise before the start of the 2015 season.
Signing Jackson is the equivalent of the Redskins drafting a 1st round receiver in 2014. The only difference is that it’s going to cost the Redskins a heck of a lot more than it would have been had they selected a top receiver in the draft. Unfortunately for the Redskins, they don’t have a 1st round pick in 2014, as they traded that away to the St. Louis Rams along with their 1st round picks in 2012 and 2013 to get their No.1 pick in 2012 so that they could select quarterback Robert Griffin III. It’s hard to believe that the Rams are still benefiting from that controversial move two years later. Without a 1st round pick in 2014, the Redskins had little choice but to pay big money to get Jackson.
Now the question is which high quality players will the Redskins need to cut in order to make room for Jackson’s expensive contract? With money like that being paid out to a receiver the Redskins might have to cut more than one player to make room under the salary cap for Jackson.
It’s great that the Redskins now have an excellent slot receiver, but it’s not going to help them unless RG3 can stay on his feet long enough to get his passes off. He was being knocked down left and right by defensive lineman in the 2013 season due to the poor blocking from the Redskins offensive line. Unless the Redskins owner addresses that problem in the 2014 draft, it won’t matter that they’ve signed Jackson because RG3 won’t have time to find him.
Jackson was never a big stat receiver until the 2014 season after the highly efficient Nick Foles took over at quarterback, and it’s quite possible that Jackson could go back to putting up average numbers. If that’s the case, the Redskins are going to be looking silly paying Jackson $16 million. I suspect the Redskins will wind up cutting Jackson after the 2015 season if he doesn’t put up big numbers in the next two years. It’s possible they could get a draft pick out of him, but I wouldn’t expect it to be anything more than a 6th or 7th pick. Which team is going to want to give up a high draft pick for a 29-year-old receiver with the kind of baggage that Jackson brings?