DeSean Jackson (10) returns a punt against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins ‘making progress’


DeSean Jackson (10) returns a punt against the Minnesota Vikings. Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

DeSean Jackson (10) returns a punt against the Minnesota Vikings. Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like the Washington Redskins are the favorites to sign star wide receiver DeSean Jackson, as they are the team that seems to be the most willing to spend a significant amount of money on a wide receiver criticized for having a selfish attitude. But Jackson’s talent outweighs his concerns, even if adding him could create a volatile situation. He had over 1,300 receiving yards last season in the best year of his career with the rival Philadelphia Eagles, as he finally looked like a true No. 1 receiver in this league. Adding him to Jordan Reed and Pierre Garcon on a Redskins cache of weapons that lacks depth would give Robert Griffin III a monstrously talented group of weapons.

The Redskins and Jackson seem to be pretty close to getting something down, and the Washington Post’s Mike Jones and Mark Maske report that both sides are “making progress” on a deal but haven’t finalized anything yet. Jackson is set to meet the team’s brass today, and it will be interesting to see if he comes to terms with his biggest suitors. They are most likely the highest bidders, and it doesn’t look like Jackson has any other visits scheduled.

Pro Football Talk added another layer to the Jackson-Redskins rumors by reporting that Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie is “leery about” signing Jackson due to his attitude issues. The Raiders are generally regarded as the second most likely landing spot for the former Eagles star, so this is something else to monitor closely.


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