- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It didn’t take DeSean Jackson long to find a new team – and he didn’t have to go far to do it.

Jackson, who spent his first six seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before being released by the team on Thursday, has agreed in principle to the terms of a contract with the Washington Redskins, his publicist, Denise White, wrote on Twitter shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old wide receiver flew to Northern Virginia on Monday evening and met with members of the Redskins‘ coaching staff that night before meeting with other team personnel and taking a physical on Tuesday.


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“[It’s] goin down!” Jackson wrote, in capital letters, on a photo he posted on Instagram at 12:12 a.m. “Burgundy & gold.”

By adding Jackson on what is reportedly a three-year deal, Washington will provide quarterback Robert Griffin III with another dynamic target in the passing game. Jackson caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns, all career highs, to lead the Eagles in 2013, and he was rewarded for his performance with a selection to his third Pro Bowl.

Jackson’s greatest attribute is his quickness — he ran a 4.35-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in 2008, and he has had a reception of greater than 60 yards in each of his six seasons — and he will provide a vertical threat that the Redskins haven’t had in recent years.

Questions remain, however, as to how Jackson will fit into the Redskins‘ locker room. He was released, in part, because of his inability to get along with new Eagles coach Chip Kelly, and Philadelphia will assume a $6 million hit on its salary cap to not have Jackson on its roster next season.

And Jackson’s release last week also came not even an hour after NJ.com published a report detailing his interaction with several known gang members, including one who was charged with, but acquitted of, the murder of a 14-year-old in Los Angeles in 2010.

Jackson, born and raised in Los Angeles, was drafted by the Eagles out of California in the second round in 2008. According to multiple reports, he was interested in meeting with the Oakland Raiders — his favorite team while growing up — and had been linked over the weekend to the San Francisco 49ers and the Buffalo Bills, who have a need at the position and the salary cap room to compete with any reasonable contract offer.

The Redskins signed former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts to a four-year, $16 million contract last month, expecting him to start alongside Pierre Garçon, and entered the week with only $6.3 million in available cap room, according to NFL Players Association records.

Jackson signed a five-year, $48.5 million contract with the Eagles in March 2012 and was scheduled to make a $10.5 million base salary this season.