Despite speculation surrounding DeSean Jackson’s off-field activities, there are plenty of teams interested in acquiring his on-field talents.
Starting with the Washington Redskins.
Jackson will visit the Washington Redskins on Monday, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. He is expected to stay in Washington until Tuesday, which indicates a serious interest by the team in acquiring Jackson.
Jackson was released Friday by the Philadelphia Eagles after a seemingly contentious relationship with coach Chip Kelly, and speculation about Jackson's alleged ties to a gang. An article in NJ.com detailed several incidents that raised questions about Jackson being a gang member, but he denied those accusations.
Obviously, any general manager interested in signing Jackson must alleviate concerns his owner may have about the receiver. Washington general manager Bruce Allen apparently believes he knows enough about Jackson or wants the opportunity to hear the receivers's version of those accusations in person.
This is not the first time Allen has been willing to sign a talented player with character concerns.
When Allen was the general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he signed receiver David Boston, who had tested positive for steroids with the Miami Dolphins. He was arrested for driving under the influence with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Allen also signed tight end Jerramy Stevens, who had a history of problems in college and with the Seattle Seahawks, and defensive tackle Darrell Russell, a player who was suspended several times because of repeated drug use. Prior to Allen signing Russell, he was accused of videotaping the rape of a woman, but prosecutors eventually dropped the charges.
Jackson would give Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III a deep threat who could open up the passing game. Pierre Garcon led Washington with 1,346 receiving yards and five touchdowns, but receivers Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson did not have a significant impact. The addition of Jackson would be a positive addition for Washington's offense.
Of course, Washington has to be an appealing place for Jackson, too. Jackson could play against the Philadelphia Eagles twice a year, which means he could stick it to Kelly. Meanwhile, Griffin is a young quarterback with more talent than Oakland’s Matt Schaub or Buffalo’s EJ Manuel, the other two teams who have been identified as having strong interest in Jackson.
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