The Washington Redskins inked free-agent receiver DeSean Jackson to a four-year deal with $16 million guaranteed on Wednesday.
Jackson’s addition gives quarterback Robert Griffin III a major big-play weapon in the passing game to compliment receiver Pierre Garçon.
So, there’s nothing but peace and harmony in Washington right?
Well, sort of.
Jackson and RGIII may duel over their jersey numbers. Both wear #10 and according to Jackson, RGIII may want to go back to wearing #3:
“I definitely am familiar on the No. 10 [worn by] Robert Griffin,” Jackson said on a conference call with reporters, an hour after signing a three-year contract at Redskins Park. “We’ve talked about it a little bit. But that isn’t a decision that’s been made yet so far.”
Is this a real discussion?
In most cases, the quarterback is the captain of sorts, period.
You don’t ask a quarterback to change their number. That’s akin to football treason.
Meanwhile, the one fly in the ointment of Washington’s addition of Jackson is in fact the dueling egos between the former Eagle and RGIII. New head coach Jay Gruden may have his hands full trying to keep Jackson and RGIII on the same page.
From a football perspective, it clearly makes Washington a far more dangerous team.
If this works, the heads of fantasy football owners will explode with Garçon freed up to do work while Jackson draws some attention of his own.
Meanwhile, things aren’t as peachy in Philadelphia…yet.
Regardless of who the Eagles plan to bring in to replace Jackson, they’re taking a major gamble by changing the schematics of their pass-happy offense.
Unfortunately for the Birds, Jackson landed on his feet in the NFC East. Now, it appears the Redskins are poised to become a big problem for defenses next season.
The question is whether Jackson will be terrorizing defenses wearing his traditional #10. If he does what’s right for business, he’ll find another number to ply his trade in.