There’s a new number 10 in town and RG3 is ready to feast.
Four days after his surprising release by the Philadelphia Eagles, DeSean Jackson found a landing spot just down I-95 with his former NFC East rivals, signing a reported three-year contract with the Redskins worth $24 million, including $16 million guaranteed, a person familiar with the pact told USA TODAY Sports. That person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the club has yet to announce the deal.
Jackson's $8 million average per year is higher than the $7.5 million average that Eric Decker received in his five-year, $36.25 million deal with the New York Jets.
Jackson, 27, was cut despite posting career highs with 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns last season in coach Chip Kelly's high-revving offense. The three-time Pro Bowler has averaged 17.2 yards per reception during his six-season career. The Eagles took a serious salary-cap hit for releasing Jackson, who was due to earn $10.5 million in base salary and will count $6.25 million against Philadelphia's salary cap in 2014. He signed a five-year, $51 million contract in 2012.
"He's the right kind of guy we need in our locker room. Fierce competitor and player, but great guy and humble guy that wants nothing more then to show people the real him,'' Redskins veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall texted USA TODAY Sports. "And there's no better place then in the nation's Capitol.''
First-year Redskins coach Jay Gruden now has the game-breaking vertical threat he had the past four seasons as Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator in big-play receiver A.J. Green.
Jackson figures to help RG3 regain his 2012 offensive rookie of the year form when he led the Redskins to the division title prior to suffering a major knee injury in that season's playoffs. Jackson will ease double team pressure on Pierre Garcon, who set a single-season franchise record with 113 receptions for 1,346 last season for the 3-13 Redskins.
Add to the mix emerging tight end Jordan Reed and free agent pickup Andre Roberts in the slot and Griffin suddenly has a plethora of vertical options to match his impressive arm strength, not to mention Pro Bowl back Alfred Morris to balance out the offense.
In signing free agent linemen Shaun Lauvao and Mike McGlynn, the Redskins also made an effort to keep Griffin more protected after their line allowed 43 sacks and 96 quarterback hits in 2013.
The contract with the Washington Redskins that Ryan Clark signed on Wednesday is a one-year deal worth $1 million, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
In 2013, Clark registered 61 tackles and two interceptions. For 13 years, Clark has made big plays and big hits, and he will give the Redskins secondary a veteran presence and a solid tackler. Safety was a sore spot for Washington last year, where the team lined up a bunch of different players in 2013, including Bacarri Rambo, Reed Doughty, Brandon Meriweather and Jose Gumbs. While those players have value, only Meriweather is considered a starting talent, and Clark will likely slide right into a starting role for Jim Haslett's defense.
The cap hit for Jackson’s contract in 2014 will come out at $4.25 million. Subtracting that, plus Clark’s $1 million would leave the Redskins with roughly $1.05 million in cap space.
Washington on Thursday also signed quarterback Colt McCoy, but the terms of his deal weren’t immediately available.