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Can the Redskins afford to sign DeSean Jackson?

Mar 30, 2014, 8:57 AM EDT

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Can the Redskins afford to sign DeSean Jackson?

It’s a simple question with a complex answer.

The short answer is yes. Despite the fact that they have about $7 million in cap room left for the 2014 season, they could construct a contract that would meet Jackson’s contract demands, which likely would be something in the $9 to $10 million per year range.

The contract that Bruce Allen and Eric Schaffer could use as a model is the six-year, $54 million deal that the Saints gave safety Jairus Byrd earlier this month. Byrd got an $11 million signing bonus and a 2014 salary of $1.3 million. By prorating the cap hit for the signing bonus out over the first five years of the deal (the maximum allowed), the first-year cap hit comes to a manageable $3.5 million.

Of course the Saints pay for that low cap hit down the line. In fact, next year a guaranteed $6 million roster bonus boots Byrd’s 2015 cap number up to $10.3 million. It’s likely that the Saints have the option to convert that $6 million into signing bonus, which would reduce that cap hit to about $5.8 million. But that would push the cap number in each of the subsequent seasons to well over $10 million and it gets harder and harder to soften the impact.

The primary cap issue that such a deal would cause stems from the fact that the Redskins already have a high-dollar free agent wide receiver in Pierre Garçon. His contract carries cap hits in the neighborhood of $10 million in each of the next three years. Adding another receiver with high cap charges would push their wide receiver spending into somewhat dangerous territory. They already are ninth in the NFL in cap dollars spent on wide receivers. Even a modest cap hit for deal structured like Byrd’s would make them fourth.

That would not necessarily be impossible to manage but it would create a situation where they would have to squeeze spending in other areas.

But it should be noted that the NFL salary cap is expected to go up by roughly $10 million in each of the next two years. That makes it possible to put items like a roster bonus in deals the next couple of years because the increase in the cap will help absorb it.

The bottom line is that the Redskins could “afford” Jackson but there will be opportunity costs to doing so. They would be much less flexible going forward. But you can argue that you maintain flexibility for situations just like this.

  1. scirishhoss - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Rich, do you think his on field play is enough to take a chance with his baggage? There’s no doubt adding him would be a major upgrade on the field. Imagine 2012 type offense with him in it. It would keep Roberts in the slot, and take pressure off of Hank to return quickly. Then you have Reed over the middle, and a already great running attack to go with a improved offensive line.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Could be, assuming they have done due diligence on his background and give him a contract that makes sense.

  2. dsappen - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    while Jackson would be a big upgrade for the next 2-3 years, why commit $8-10M/yr to him when we can clearly draft a high quality WR in the draft? Benjamin, Cooks, or Matthews could all be difference makers within a year and our chances of being able to land one of them with our second round pick are pretty good.

    we have way too many other areas (e.g. secondary and OL) where we could use that cap money over the coming years. let’s build the WR position through the draft, spend our cap more effectively in the other areas of need, and be competitive in a couple years when RG3 and our other offensive weapons move into their prime.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      The difference, of course, is that Jackson is a proven commodity while receivers from any point in the draft, and especially in the 2nd round on, are quite the gamble. Redskins would be paying for proven production.

      Not that being patient in the draft isn’t a good idea. But this is a different situation.

      • dsappen - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        hmm. how many wins is he worth? I don’t see us making the playoffs with him or without him so what’s the point of doing it (and limiting our future flexibility)?

        • Skinsfansince79 - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:39 PM

          When we first got RGIII we didnt know we where going to win the east, but we did. We need to add as much talent as we can djack would be great. Then we would be in the same scenario we where in in 2012, he would have a better chance going to the playoffs with us than any of team thats trying to get him. Just look at the NFC east right now no comp.

      • 4skinzz - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Yeah the redskins have overpaid for a lot of proven commodities in the past. How did that work out?? What in the last 15 years makes you think this is a good idea Rich?? You watch teams that consistently win and they don’t make moves like this unless they are one player or two away. Why don’t we try to emulate a winning team and just build through the draft. Redskins and their fans will never learn. What’s even better is 90% of our WRs can’t even ride the roller coaster at 6 flags. So when the press is asking DJ everyday about his gang affiliations (whether he has them or not) and there is a circus in our locker room how will this help us. Haven’t we endured this stupidity long enough. Why bring a low character guy in that will be a huge distraction. I’m really surprised so many people are for this. This has more red flags than the Albert haynesworth signing. It’s like nobody remember why the Redskins have been horrible forever. It’s bc moves like this. Sickening.

        • Rich Tandler - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:51 PM

          Did I say I thought it was a good idea? People asked if they could afford this, I wrote the post.

          You are severely overblowing the gang/distraction factor. It’s not like we’re going to wander around from player to player and ask about Jackson and gangs. He’s been in Philly for six seasons and nobody asked much about it there.

          Are there factors against this move? Sure, and you just cited a lot of them. But there also are a lot of “pros” that go into the equation.

        • D.Williams - Mar 30, 2014 at 7:50 PM

          JESS CHRIST DUDE!!! In Jacksons 6 years in the league he has been 10 times more effective than the man drafted in front of him (Fred Davis) and 10 times less of a troubled man and a distraction than I say again. ..Fred Davis! You act as if all year long he is a constant bothersome in the locker room like TO! This man is a pro bowl wr in his prime and you’re comparing him to 2nd and 3rd round picks in this year’s draft. Stop it!!! As I recall last summer Riley Cooper was the issue. ..not Do Jax. ….but then again that was talked about for a whole month if that, got swept under the rug, and he received a huge payday. (Courtesy of all the attention placed on Jax on the field)

        • Ken - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:06 PM

          We are one season removed from winning the division. If we can strengthen our secondary in the draft we will have a respectable defense. Draft a good G and add Jackson our offense could be extremely potent.

        • 4skinzz - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:21 AM

          Yeah i am a comparing DJax to a second or third round pick considering DJax was a second round pick in a week WR group. And DJax in the last few years has been a constant distraction. Every year he wants a new contract. I’m not sure why you all think the press won’t ask about the gang stuff all year because that’s what they always do in Washington. The biggest issue I have though is that I just don’t agree with spending on free agents when our team has so many holes. Good teams don’t do it this way. We have tried and tried to do it this way and in 15 years it has come nowhere close to working. It has ruined this team. I do apologize to you Rich. The article was fine. I just don’t get how everyone has such a short memory. We have spent so much money in the past on proven players and 9 out of 10 times it hurts the team. So we have missed on draft picks in the past but everybody misses and a lot of that had to do with Vinny C and not having enough picks to increase our odds. . If we miss on a draft pick it doesn’t cost us much. That’s why you keep doing it that way until you hit on a few. And get a star for cheap. (Alfred Mortis). The steelers just recently made their biggest FA pick up since I can remember. And it wasn’t even that big of a contract. Why do you suppose good teams aren’t using our formula? Bc it’s a formula for losing teams and we of all people should finally know this. Why can’t the Redskins just look at perineal winners and model their structure. And to top it all off DJ is a me guy not a team guy. Only the Redskins and Oakland care about this guy. Aren’t you tired of being lumped in with Oakland. Good teams laugh at us bc we basically are the Oakland Raiders of the NFC. But if they pull the trigger I will route for him just like I have for all the other mistakes they have brought in.

        • Derrick Williams - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:52 AM

          I understand what you’re saying about spending but damn…..we haven’t spent money in 2 years and haven’t been really crazy in free agency since that of signing fat as Haynesworth. And it’s not like we are giving him money like Byrd and Talib got. We have proven through this current free agency that we are not going to go crazy in free agency but having so many holes, we can add Jax who solidifies the wr hole and return role. He’s a Jax of all trades and in his prime is worth it. Not like a fat Haynesworth or an old and over the hill McNuggett, Adam Archuleta or “No More Prime Time. Bruce Allen is no Vinny C so let’s move on from the past and focus on the Now

        • 4skinzz - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:59 AM

          We haven’t made a big splash for a couple years. And it’s been great bc they are moving in the right direction. It will take a few more years of this philosophy to build a team. DJax is just a bandaid for a year or two we can’t afford him after that. That man wants a new contract after every first down he makes. Why when we are moving in the right direction do people want us to revert to the old ways. Just bc we haven’t done it in awhile doesn’t mean it’s ok to do it now. We already know that big FA signings don’t help a team that is in the shape ours is in. We have seen it a hundred times. It has never once even came close to working. It sets teams backs years. We are a year or two into building a team the right way. I’m just so disappointed. I’ve waited so many years for the Redskins to start building the right way. And they finally started doing it. Good teams spend big on their core players and replace others through the draft. That way when one leaves or get hurt. You have someone to step up. Big FA take away from quality depth that can be had. It just doesn’t work it never has and it never will. I’m tired of these set backs. Everyone tries to reason it out like this time it will work even though it has never worked once in the past. Even with players in their prime. I can only hope they don’t sign him. But I think Danny has his heart set on it and that usually the nail in the coffin for the team. The model is out there. It’s not complicated. Just look at winning teams and follow suit. Why is this so hard for the Redskins to understand. I wish someone could just tell me when one big FA signing has helped this team since Danny has owned the team ( and Garçon is not a big FA signing as far as money goes). And then explain to me why they think this time it will work. Bc not all the FA we signed in the past to big contracts were past their prime. THey were proven commodities.

    • v6volume - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      There’s no guarantee any of the players you listed will even be available at 34. Plus, if you sign Jackson you can still draft one of those players as insurance. Last season, in my opinion, was supposed to be Hankerson breakout season. Even before he was hurt, he failed to separate himself from the pack

    • HTTR Brainiac - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      You say it could take a yr for those guys. With Jackson he could come in and contribute right away. Those rookies. Are still rookies and could still be a buss. Jackson is a highly talented player. Not just ok, he burned use for 6yrs, had his best yr last yr. He’d easily come to our team and help us take the division again

      • dsappen - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        I agree that our offense would be dramatically better with him and obviously the Eagles are worse without him. the best news is that even if we don’t sign him we won’t face him twice this year. however, we had the 3rd worst defense (statistically) in the league last year and won 3 games. our secondary is a sieve and we have not addressed that in the offseason.

        is it worth it if adding him only gets us to 7 or 8 wins? anything more than that would be a historical turnaround and that just doesn’t look possible.

        • Darreyl - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:33 PM

          7 or 8 wins r u serious ur way off with a healthy RG3 u seen the damage he did his ROY season now he going have weapons this year because Garçon and Davis was hurt basically the whole year and his numbers was simply amazing working with back ups the whole season now u talking about adding weapons GAMEOVER!!!!!

    • navigator24 - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Your team doesn’t believe in building through the draft….they would rather make the high splash free agency signing.

      • Rich Tandler - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        Wait, would they be giving up draft picks in this deal?

        • dsappen - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:32 PM

          no but it would impact our future ability to re-sign some of the starters we have drafted. every other team also gets the upcoming bumps in the salary cap. that drives up what we will need to pay to retain them. why can’t this team ever look at more than a 12 month horizon?

      • Ken - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        And which winning team HASN’T made a big splash signing this year?

        • 4skinzz - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:17 AM

          Yeah that’s because they are making a push for a Super Bowl because they already have great teams. You don’t spend big on FA when you don’t have depth yet. It’s a losing formula that we have been using for years. It hasn’t worked for the last 15 years. I’m sure you’re right this time it will work. Haha. Who needs to do things the right way when there is the Redskins way. I’m. Just so surprised anyone thinks this is a good idea.

  3. cowboyhater - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    I just keep seeing McNabb, and Trotter in my nightmares. Anything that comes from Philly turns out to be a bust here in Washington. Buyer beware!!!!

    • Dom S - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Thats all I been thinking about too ! Chip Kelly system allowed DJax to have a career year.

      • Rich Tandler - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        And is there reason to think that Jay Gruden won’t design some elements of his offense to cater to Jackson and that Griffin won’t be able to execute them? It’s not like he didn’t go to two Pro Bowls with two 1000-yard seasons prior to Kelly’s arrival.

    • Quinten - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Yes, because Sonny Jurgansen was a huge bust.

  4. Mario - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    I would love for the skins to sign D-Jax! You put him with garçon ! All I will say is. The Redskins Are Back Baby

  5. mac7163 - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    If the Skins can go ahead and sign him but please dont over pay . If the deal is friendly and wont effect the future of re – signing players or free agents take a chance on a player who is great on special teams and can stretch the field . I would still draft a wr . Benjamin probably wont be there or Cooks . Two receivers they cant pass on is Vandy ‘s Jordan Matthews ( nephew of Jerry Rice ) or Fresno State ‘s Devonte Adams . Both have the size and speed they need and when their rookie contracts are up decisions will be made. Then address the needs at safety/ db and OL . This draft can fill the Skins needs .

    • dsappen - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      I generally agree…but he’s going to command a lot of money so there’s no way it doesn’t impact our future flexibility. teams are lining up- if we lowball him and he leaves DC tomorrow without a contract he won’t be signing here. there are teams where he can be the difference between them being decent and being a serious playoff contender (but not here).

      there are 6-7 great to good WRs in this draft. I like Matthews but he’s more of a possession receiver at the next level. we may get lucky with one of the others dropping but Matthews would be a good complement to what we already have given his size, route running, and hands.

      it’s not a deep draft for safeties. Pryor and Clinton-Dix will almost certainly go in the first round and then there’s a huge drop off. it’s a shame we couldn’t fix this in free agency. it’s going to end up being our achilles heel on D again (even with the improved pass rush).

  6. scirishhoss - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    I’m mainly worried about how Jackson will act. He won’t be the No.1 option like he was in Philly… Garcon and Reed are better than Maclin/Celek easily… RG3 will likely still target our current top 2, will Jax complain about targets and getting the ball enough? How much of a negative impact could he have on the team with that type of stuff. Winning will certainly keep that crap away, but honestly being realistic we should only expect a 8 or 9 win season at best unless everything absolutely goes right… We won 3 games last year… Lets be realistic people.

  7. Christlike Ministries NWA - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Couldn’t he also help in the return game? I would think that having a playmaker like DeSean Jackson would also help fix our awful special teams unit…and give us a bonafide kick/punt returner.

    • Keithen Newton - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      9 wins has been enough to get teams from the NFC East into the playoffs. Dallas has declined, philly losing D-Jax won’t be the same, and New York hasn’t been the same since they lost their pass rush. The NFC east would be ours for the taking by signing Jackson. Just think, we haven’t even made our draft picks yet. Not to mention we play philly twice. If that’s not motivation enough for Jackson, what is? Plus with a motivated RG3, the future looks bright.

  8. truthistold2u - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    So push a cap hit back to when RG3 is due his extension? How do you afford that?

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Cap will be some $20 million higher by the time Griffin is due his actual extension. They can make it work.

  9. HTTR Brainiac - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Guys like Chris che

  10. JTHogs68 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    You know I feel more comfortable signing Jackson because he is proven and he’s burned us a lot over the years. Yes its risky but so os drafting a wideout. Now if we draft a wideout great theres a possibility that he’ll be good. But looking at past drafts we aren’t as good as we think we are when it comes to drafting offensively. I can only recall three pr four nice pickups offensivley in the draft Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris, Trent Williams and Jordan Reed, (still unproven but im not shooting him down). Defensively we’ve always drafted successfully in recent years. Sean Taylor (R.I.P.), Laron Landry (He and Sean Taylor together created Area 51 Dangerous combination, but after Taylors Death not so great. But look at him now not so bad either), Carlos Rogers (as hard as it is to say this cause he was horrible with us smh look at him now, he isnt so bad with the 49ers despite his down year in 2013-2014), then you have Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Jenkins, Amerson (he’s still panning out), etc… The fact of the matter is, we dont draft well when it comes to offense. We’ve had alot of failures at wideout especially with the like of Devin Thomas Malcom Kelly, I believe we drafted Rod Gardner, etc… So I would love to sign Jackson. He has attitude. But if you’ve ever been on a football field ,and played you know everyone who’s starting has attitude

    • 4skinzz - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      Yeah all those good picks you mentioned are from the a GM that is still drafting players. All the bad ones were from the old GM Vinny C. I’m not sure how much sense it makes to blame BA for Vinny C.s bad draft picks. big free agent moves are for teams that are close to the Super Bowl and teams that don’t get it like us. When a team is in bad shape, any big FA move is a bad move no matter who the GM is.All the facts are there. Look how good teams stay good over the years and look at how we have stayed horrible. It might not be the exciting thing to do but it’s the smart thing to do. I think the winning teams know what they’re doing maybe we should try what they’re doing. Just a thought. DJax takes away from a lot of depth we desperately need. For a little short guy that is a diva. I’d rather go 0-16 and be doing things the right way than go 8-8 and moving backwards again. Redskins need to build for the future so they can be a good team for decades. But they are impatient and always think we are one player away from something amazing. Draft a WR with size. This draft is filled with them. Yeah we might miss. But chances are DJ will come here and not produce or get hurt. Just like everyone else we have sold the farm for. But everyone thinks “this time it will work” the words of a crazy person. You’re supposed to learn from your past mistakes. But Dan and the Redskins never do. And all the good teams in the NFL thank us for it.

  11. abanig - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Future Contracts the Redskins need to consider when considering signing DJax:

    1. Brian Orakpo
    2. Trent Williams
    3. Ryan Kerrigan
    4. RG3

    They shouldn’t overspend just to get DJax – which I trust Allen will NOT due, because in the future they need to worry about these 4 core players

  12. HTTR Brainiac - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Oops lol guys like C.Chester, and maybe S.Bowen need to be released to help with the cap a little. Djax is worth it right? Skins need to trade down with the 34th pick. Get a late 2nd round pick pick up an additional 3rd and draft a safety with the late 2nd round pick. I say D.Bucannon. Throw that crap of drafting J.Matthews out the window especially if DJax gets signed. No need garçon, jax, and Roberts our 3 wr’s. No need to draft a rotation wr, when we have no safety. Philip Thomas is recovering and we just can’t depend on merriweather. I like him. But he keeps getting injured, fined, and suspended.

  13. Rich Kohlheyer - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Great article, love reading your stuff Rich. My takeaway from it is like you said, that so long as assurances are made that football is still priority #1 for him and due diligence is given to make sure that he is totally worth the investment, I’m all for it.

    I find it hard to believe that the Eagles were really “concerned about trading [Jackson] given his off field affiliations…and [the Eagles] didn’t want to surprise other teams with him” or however they worded it. Were they trying to detract NFC East teams with the way they went about releasing him? What do the Eagles gain by releasing him in the way they did, Rich? Seems to me like it was more of a personal beef than a professional one and I found the whole ordeal to be very odd.

    I really hope Jackson comes to DC!

  14. Adam - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    its A No BrAiner!!!!! Sign Jackson!!

    • 4skinzz - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:19 AM

      Yep if they sign him they have no brain.

  15. RedskinsMan - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    So, Rich. Here are my problems with this potential signing (long comment coming).Everyone talks about his attitude problems and how they haven’t shown they can handle some trouble makers. I disagree, Redskins are one of the best teams for that IMO. “MeAngelo” Hall was a headache when he first came. Trent Williams isn’t a perfect angel. Fred Davis was under control until he self-imploded. Even Jordan Reed had attitude issues coming out of college. We still got them all.

    My concern is mostly with future contracts. In the coming years don’t we have to re-sign Kerrigan, Orakpo, Morris, Trent, and RGIII? I know the salary cap is going up big-time, but so do salaries. And I also don’t want to miss out on a receiver in this incredible draft class. We have too many small guys, even with Jackson. Do you see us getting a guy like Montcrief (butchered name), Coleman, Bryant, Norwood, etc later? There are bound to be multiple stars. I just don’t want us to miss out on one.

  16. scirishhoss - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    I’ve been scratching my head for months that Bowen hasn’t been cut or taken a pure pay cut, no way should he have the 5th highest cap this season…

    • RedskinsMan - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      I personally hope he takes a pay cut. Not only would that be devastating to Hatcher, but it would take away a solid backup now with the ridiculous depth we have at DE now.

  17. marcus - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Get him we need him

  18. scirishhoss - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    My guess is if healthy Bowen remains a starter along with Cofield and Hatcher. Passing downs Baker takes over for Bowen. Jenkins in for Hatcher on clear cut running downs. We have a solid rotation. But Bowen should be taking a paycut, convert guaranteed money into incentives like they did with others.

  19. dcsportsfan2277 - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Since it looks like getting a safety will have to wait until next year (unless Thomas steps up or Jimmie Ward is available) signing DJax would be a great addition to the team. RG3, Morris & Co. would all benefit from this. The defense, in theory, would be on the field less which is always a good thing!

    I am having a hard time finding something wrong with this signing. HTTR!

  20. Dominique Holmes - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    I didn’t know we were 9th in wr spending thats crazy considering the production from the group i know garcon makes 10 mil but how else is making that much

  21. Aaron - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    People should stop putting the guy down he would elevate Washington as whole and with the mentorship of hall and other players well be fine. We need a guy like Jackson and I think the organization will welcome him with open arms

  22. fafaflunky - Mar 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    every wr the skins draft are all busts any way. garcon djax roberts that’s a solid wr core..draft o-line dbs lbs depth at d-line

  23. Michael Mirowski - Mar 30, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    I think it might be a good move always like to see a division rival get weaker as we gain an outstanding player but , don’t we really need a big quick guy so JReed isn’t the only choice in obvious downs were we just need someone to be able to go up and fight for the ball be it in the end one or just past the down marker

  24. oneloveva - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    I’ve been coaching football for 12 years , and I believe individuals are missing a certain perspective.For example have you ever dated someone, and it just not be the right fit after some time has passed,but because that relationship was terminated it doesn’t mean that anybody was a bad guy or girl or that individuals weren’t doing their part ,some relationships just do not work out,and that seems like the case with chip and DeSean. Furthermore his combined stats are an indication that he is a productive football player,also to claim that he’s not worth it and go through the draft could to be misleading.Take a wide receiver in the draft ,the average draftie, takes around 2 to 3 years to be a formidable opponent or player,and then, they still may not truly work out, whereas Jackson is productive now,and will be for the next 6 years,or maybe more depending on his health.The man is already wanted by veterans in the locker room at Redskins Park, that right there should speak volumes in itself .But we all could speculate until we wear speculating out , but in the end ,you’ll never know, until he’s on the field ,and that goes with any player ,draft or free agency ! HTTR4LIFE

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Excellent point about a relationship that might not work between two people might work in a different mix. One or both isn’t necessarily bad.

    • 4skinzz - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      With that logic coach, please explain why Albert Haynesworth didn’t work out. He was very productive before he came here. He was proven and should have been in his prime. And that’s just one example out of so many.So how do you know DJ will be productive for the next 6 year or even one even if he does stay healthy. History tells us that teams that go through the draft have solid teams. Teams that go through FA fail almost every time. And the Redskins are the poster boys of why FA ruins teams. Please explain why this is an exemption or a special instance. If we miss on a pick we don’t lose a whole crap load of money and needed depth for years. Is one player worth a teams depth. Maybe the patriots will stop going through the draft because they might miss on a pick or two. I mean i guess it really hasn’t worked for them, the FA route works great for us. I’m sure other teams will start coping us any day now. I’d rather miss in the draft and be a respectable organization than keep doing things the wrong way and be the laughing stock of the NFL. They have only started doing things right for a year or two. Give it time to work and build depth. I can only hope Oakland throws a butt load of money at DJ. This team needs to just stay away from big FA moves until they have a solid team.

  25. kenneth brooks - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Need to sign D Jackson draft lineman and lb safty go skins

  26. kenlinkins - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I wanted the GM to use two rules this off season. 1, “Up grade where you can, when you can” and “It is not all about RG3 until it is all about RG3″. Signing Jackson fits both of these rules as GM Allen stood his ground not over paying for Free Agents early even thou the Redskins had big holes and this placed the Redskins in a position to sign a good WR later in the process. The going rate for a WR with Jacksons talents is about $10 million, He places a ton of pressure on defense’s, he fits our QB’s style, he knows the NFC East, has had success there, he played all 16 games in 2013, will play with a chip on his shoulder and the only down side is he didn’t get along with his new coach in Phily (missed meetings, practiced soft) and the rest are rumors. IMO the Redskins should bring him for a interview and If he passes the smell test, I say sign him. Rich: If a player gets suspended by the NFL does his Cap hit get reduced by games he can not play or does all the guaranteed money count against the Cap?

  27. Eugene Bedell - Mar 30, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Let’s do it. It is DeSean Jackson.

  28. bigbrown - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    We should leave Jackson alone and go to the draft for a receiver it’s not like were going anywhere

  29. Vasplash - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    I highly doubt he leaves Washington, I think there is a risk involved but I’m willing to take it. I want to win a Super Bowl and I know through years of watching this team fail, buying doesn’t always work. But we lack impact plays we lack redzone production. Desean leads the league in 40+ yrd rec and scores on average every 10 recs while averaging 17.4 or something per catch. Why not take that chance, make his contract highly incentive based but give him what he deserves. Philly will eat their hearts out if he comes to Washington and burns them twice a year, and if there is anything I like more than beating the cowboys it’s laughing at the eagles. Httr.

    • CoachTone - Mar 30, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      Sign him! People are saying he won’t be the difference between us being a playoff team. I coach defense and I love defense, but don’t let Seattle’s SB win fool you into believing the league isn’t what it is now…an offensive dominated league! More weapons outside=less people in the box! This means Morris & Griffin have less people to contend with in the run game. Which re-opens our PA pass game. It’s a lot easier to play defense when you’re averaging 28-30 ppg. Not to mention he is a GREAT punt returner.

      There will be a contributor at safety and inside linebacker available in rounds 3-5 mark my words!

  30. Bobby - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    PICK HIM UP, garçon, Jackson, and moss would tear it up

    • Vasplash - Mar 30, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      Garçon Jackson reed Morris Roberts griffin, sounds pretty explosive to me

  31. skinsfan5182 - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    All you guys saying draft a wide receiver instead of signing D-Jax. you don’t know what you’re going to get when you draft a player eg. malcolm kelly- devin thomas etc… D-jax is a proven commodity you know what he brings to the table. He is well worth the risk which I believe there isn’t any risk . D-jax has never been in trouble. ESPN is crucifying this guy and he hasn’t done ANYTHING!! this is ALL speculation. The addition of him would make the skins have a deadly offense!! RG-Morris-Reed-PG-Jackson. We led the league in points in RG’s rookie year so it’s not like we can’t do it again.

    • 4skinzz - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      Albert Haynesworth among so many other big FA we have brought in were proven commodities. We knew what they brought to the table. They were great players. So why is it that nobody remembers why the Redskins are terrible. I dunno, it’s clearly bc we have always made bone headed moves like this in FA. It never works. Not when the team has this many holes. Look at the patriots and steelers. They don’t pay big unless their team is already solid with depth that they acquired through years of drafting and even then they barely ever spend big on one player. I love how everyone thinks DJ is a proven commodity. No FA is proven. And when you miss on a big FA you end up like the Redskins for the last 15 years. Am I the only one who has watched this team the last 15 years. It’s embarrassing that they are even considering this move. You guys can keep trying to make it sound like its the logical thing to do, you can do that with any argument if you try hard enough. The fact is there is a way to make your team good for years to come. And it isn’t this way. It has never been this way since FA started. Some teams have figured this out. Unfortunately the Redskins haven’t and it seems a lot of the fans haven’t either.

      • Thomas Banks - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:20 AM

        I’ll keep it short, we gave up on the draft when we made the trade for RG3. Now we have to surround him with talent anyway that we can. Or face being setback another 3 to 5 years. You act like we didn’t have one of the most difficult offences to stop his rookie year. If you add Jackson to the mix I think it makes everybody’s life alot easier. Httr

  32. skinsfan5182 - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Signing D-Jax also frees up the need to draft a wide reciever and concentrate on more important areas like the defense and offensive line.

  33. skinsfan5182 - Mar 30, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    I wonder if D-jax want’s to wear #10 because if he doesn’t change jersey numbers then that could be a significant reason for him not signing. it’s the little things that prevent a player from signing sometimes. The skins would certainly not ask RG to change his jersey number. I don’t know how flexible d-jax is to changing his number, maybe he wants a fresh start like kobe after his rape charge changed his jersey # from 8-24.

    • Tim - Mar 30, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Desean wore #1 in college only picked #10 because the NFL wouldn’t let him wear #1 so I don’t foresee picking another # being an issue, but I could be wrong

  34. timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Signing Djak would make our Base Offense Pretty tuff to beat. With Djak, Garcon, Reed, Morris, Young, and RG3 How are you gonna stop that? It would slow down the Pass Rush because they would need to leave more players in coverage. They couldn’t stack the Box because 1on1 Defenses wouldn’t be able to cover our recievers. Morris would be even more devastating without facing 8 guys in the Box. Who are they gonna Double? Not Reed that leaves both Garcon and Djak 1on1. Can’t Roll coverage one way or the other because that would leave either Garcon or Djak 1on1 and they don’t wanna do that. Like I said Pretty Hard to Beat.

    • 4skinzz - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      Yeah leave it to the Redskins to be the champs on paper. It all sounds good. It always sounds good but never works. Pretty hard to beat haha. What’s it called when you keep doing things the same way but expect different results. I think that’s the definition of insanity it should be stupidity. Redskin fans aren’t happy unless Danny adds some big names to the roster.They finally stepped away from that for a year or two and are heading in the right direction but it’s gonna take a few more years because all the damage that was done in the past with bone headed moves like this. I want the Redskins to be a good team again. Hopefully before I die they learn being paper champs isn’t the way to build a team. I’m. Just shocked so many fans are for this. I understand why Dan does it. He is a business man he wants to fill seats. Other teams seriously laugh at us for moves like this. And justly so. There is just no excuse for this mistake to be made after we have made it a hundred times in the past.

  35. barrymoyer - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:50 AM

    I doubt it’s going to happen anyway. He contacted Oakland, they didn’t contact him, and Oakland has the money, the need and the climate…seems that’s where he’d prefer to go. I suspect the Washington visit is simply to drive competition with the Raiders and move the price up. What the Raiders don’t have is a QB to throw to him and that has to matter to him. It’s fun to ponder this in these last few hours of not knowing, but I can easily live with whatever happens. It’ll be exciting if he signs for the Skins but it’ll be kind of a relief if he
    doesn’t. I highly recommend this approach to some of the commenters here who are developing Irritable Bowel
    Syndrome over this.

    • mainesrd - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      I think he would love the chance to play against Philly twice a year.

  36. rg3skinsgetsome - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    The problem with your statement is you are assuming they hit good players in the draft when it is no guarantee. . Teams like the Ravens who get 4 comp picks for losing players to free agency have better odds of hitting 1 out of 4 picks to add depth to there roster, the skins are not in that situation and will take time to get to that point. If your not landing play makers that have proved it on the field than it is hard to have a winning formula. .my point is, get the players her first than build threw the draft. Your right there are many holes but one year doesn’t give you enough time and we are still lacking play makers so I like the djax singing, that is if he signs

  37. mainesrd - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    DeSean Jackson would come to the Redskins with a giant Chip on his shoulder. He would light up the Eagles like he has done to the Redskins in past few years. Sign him up!

  38. anthony - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    You can’t offer Deshaun enough money he will c what the skins offer then tell the raiders who will offer more he is all about the money and then ge, will b near all his rap friends and gangs

  39. Robert Miller - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    That will be an upgrade on punt returns immediately. I say take the chance on a proven reciever. At least you will already know what you will get out of him as a reciever instead of getting a reciever early in the draft and hope that he is not a bust.

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