Jackson: ‘It Was A Humbling Experience’

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DeSean Jackson
was made available through teleconference Wednesday afternoon after inking a three-year deal with the Redskins. He touched on the way things ended in Philadelphia, and gave his thoughts on the idea of playing his former team twice a year.

Jackson, who was released Friday shortly after a story came out about his alleged gang ties, downplayed the idea that he comes with character concerns.

“I feel like the people who really know me know what type of player I am, they respect me and they know I’m a team guy and I just go out there and put it on the line for what I do and who I’m around. I think that’s never really been a problem,” he said.
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Some Thoughts On DeSean

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DeSean Jackson
signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Redskins Wednesday that contains $16 million guaranteed. That’s $1 million more in guaranteed coin than he got from the Eagles in the five-year deal he signed in the 2012 offseason. A win for agent Joel Segal, who wasn’t receiving commission from the previous contract. A loss for Drew Rosenhaus, who was. And a quick bounceback for a receiver that was released less than a week ago alongside a report about his alleged gang ties.

Jackson not only landed on his feet, but did so less than 150 miles from here. Had the Eagles been successful in their trade pursuits, perhaps they could have shipped him out of conference or to the other side of the country. They forfeited any control when they cut him, and he ended up in their back yard. It’s going to be a huge, league-wide story line for at least the upcoming season. (Something tells me the NFL, which is expected to release the 2014 schedule at the end of the month, will have Jackson’s return to Philly prominently featured.)  If Jackson ended up in Oakland, say, the Eagles would still be questioned and the Jackson decision would still impact the way the upcoming campaign is discussed and analyzed. But distance and time have a way of dulling even the sharpest of angles.

Here, there is no space. Just months worth of kindle and intrigue. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Source Says ‘Done Deal’ In D.C.

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 DeSean Jackson is expected to sign with the Washington Redskins, according to a member of the receiver’s camp.

“Done deal,” wrote one source Monday evening following Jackson’s sitdown with the Redskins brass. The meetings between the receiver and the Redskins are expected to continue into Tuesday. Multiple people we spoke with anticipate that something will get done. Read more »

Eagles To Host DB Jaylen Watkins

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The Eagles are bringing in University of Florida cornerback/safety Jaylen Watkins for a visit, according to an NFL source. He is expected to arrive in Philly on April 2.

Watkins (6-0, 194) is the brother of Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who is projected to be a top-10 pick. Jaylen started nine games for the Gators this season — three at cornerback and six at safety. He finished the year with 52 tackles and seven passes defensed. The Cape Coral, Florida native had three interceptions while with the Gators — all of them coming in 2012. Read more »

Mystery Teams In On Jackson?

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DeSean Jackson
is in Washington today to meet with the Redskins. According to Ian Rapoport, his visit to D.C. will span a couple days.

 

Sounds like there are more suitors beyond that.

 

Out of the three teams mentioned by name, the Redskins make the most sense to me. Read more »

Jackson To Visit Redskins

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DeSean Jackson
will be in Washington Monday to visit with the Redskins, a source confirmed.

There does not appear to be any other scheduled visits at this time.

Asked about the chances of Jackson signing in Washington, a source close to Jackson offered: “I don’t think they are bringing him in to kick the tires.” Read more »

Police: DeSean Not Under Investigation

A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department told Birds 24/7 Friday afternoon that DeSean Jackson is not under investigation for wrongdoing related to the break-in at his South Philadelphia residence in January. Further, there was a discrepancy on the original police report that has since been corrected. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Why the Eagles Passed On Byrd

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills

Jeffrey Lurie made it clear that if Chip Kelly wanted him to write a large check to land Jairus Byrd, he would have obliged.

The head coach, though, said his sights were set elsewhere.

“We looked at everybody,” said Kelly. “We did an extensive study, our coaches and personnel department on everybody that’s available. We all felt when it came down to it that Malcolm [Jenkins] was the best fit for what we do defensively and we were excited to get him. He was the number one guy that we went after and we got the number one guy we wanted.”

That’s a head-scratcher, at least on the surface. Byrd is largely considered the better football player. He’s been the superior playmaker [Jenkins has six interceptions in five NFL seasons; Byrd has 22 over that same time]. So what went into their thinking? Read more »

Mathis Eyeing New Deal

NFL: San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles
ORLANDO, Fla. — Evan Mathis
would like a new contract and the Eagles are open to moving him. Sound familiar?

Right before the hour-long sit-down with Chip Kelly at the owners meeting this morning, with the DeSean Jackson trade talk on top of everyone’s mind, Ian Rapoport reported that Mathis wants a raise and that the Eagles, in turn, have made it known that the guard is available via trade. A league source confirmed the report. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: A Closer Look At Sanchez

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ORLANDO, Fla. — All the DeSean Jackson hoopla has overshadowed the news that the Eagles are taking a serious look at one Mark Sanchez.

The 27-year-old was released on Friday — the same day the Jets signed Michael Vick. Rex Ryan said they were entertaining the idea of holding onto Sanchez, but decided to move on when the opportunity to land Vick arose. Thus ended a peculiar up-and-down five seasons in New York. Read more »

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