Surprise, surprise — more drama has arisen in the nation’s capital. However, this time the drama has nothing to do with scandal accusations. The spotlight has once again reigned on the Washington Redskins and for once, their team name has nothing to do with the unwanted attention.
Instead, Washington has decided to take a chance on disgruntled receiver DeSean Jackson who was recently released by the Philadelphia Eagles. Let’s put this unusual chain of events into perspective.
Jackson is coming off of a stellar season. He caught 82 balls for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. By all accounts, Jackson is a dynamic playmaker who strikes fear into opposing defenses.
But if Jackson is that valuable, why did the Eagles release the veteran wideout after trade attempts proved to be unsuccessful? Obviously, Philadelphia had issues with Jackson’s off the field choices or his temperament.
Regardless of the issues, Washington obviously wasn’t paying attention. How does a problematic player, with so many issues, get a new contract in less than a week? And the contract includes 16 million in guaranteed money, with another 24 million up for grabs over the three-year deal.
That is ridiculous. Even the bad boys of the NFL, the Oakland Raiders, were researching Jackson’s off the field connections before offering up a nice salary. If Oakland has worries about a player’s potential problems, then the entire league needs to do their due diligence on that player.
But of course, Daniel Snyder and the Redskins are not shy about throwing money around foolishly. Snyder is probably the only owner in the NFL that could make Dallas owner Jerry Jones blush.
My prediction: Jackson will probably last one season with Washington before problems occur or he demands a new contract, which seems to occur every couple of years with the Pro Bowl receiver.
I am glad my favorite team did not try to sign Jackson and I would feel sorry for the Redskins, but at some point you have to realize that they get what they deserve.
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or on Twitter @crslone.