- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DeSean Jackson’s decision to agree to terms on a contract with the Washington Redskins shortly before midnight Wednesday will surely benefit a team that struggled mightily last season.

It will also benefit quarterback Robert Griffin III, who now has a wide receiver who has averaged more than 1,000 receiving yards a season since entering the league in 2008.

“We are excited to have him join our team,” Griffin said in a text message Wednesday morning. “Our team and this city will be there for him. I understand his drive and his competitiveness to win. Always doing it for his dad and now doing it for this city.”

Jackson, 27, reportedly agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal with the Redskins on Tuesday, when he wrapped up a visit that spanned two days after he had been cut by the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

The three-time Pro Bowler figures to start opposite Pierre Garçon, who set a team record with 113 receptions last season for 1,346 yards, and will work into an offense that also includes recently signed wide receiver Andre Roberts and second-year tight end Jordan Reed.

“It’s an exciting time to be a Redskins fan and a part of this team because of the firepower that we have with all our guys,” Griffin said. “Everyone needs to understand that we haven’t won anything yet, and these next few months will be about building those bonds and chemistry so that we can.”