Sporting News’ Ross Tucker wrote this HOT TAKE on DeSean Jacskon today. So let’s do what we do in these instances, and FJM this thing. Tucker’s words in bold, my responses in italics.
I don’t know anything about DeSean Jackson and his “ties” to gang members and frankly I don’t really care because in my mind, that isn’t really the issue anyway.
I don’t know anything about DeSean Jackson. But here is my 500 word opinion on DeSean Jackson.
His problem is one of decision-making and professionalism.
I can’t wait for you to enlighten us with the horrible decisions this extremely successful millionaire has made!
This isn’t one of those columns about how he needs to distance himself from some of the nefarious characters he grew up with or apparently still chooses to associate with. That can’t be easy and I know that I would have a tough time just completely shutting off any of the friends I grew up with. For all I care, Jackson can hang out with them all day every day.
Ross Tucker can totally empathize with DeSean Jackson’s upbringing.
Well, that happened fast. The Redskins signed DeSean Jackson last night to what’s being reported as a three-year, $24 million deal, $16 million guaranteed.
Reasons why I like it:
*He is a very good player who is still just 27 years old.
*He gets to play and break off big plays vs. Philly twice/year.
*He gives the Skins their best receiving corps since the Posse.
*This is an exceedingly small contract for this caliber of player.*
Reasons why I do not:
*Philly must’ve gotten rid of him for a reason.
*This kind of signing reeks of Offseason Champs-iness.
*Dan Snyder is probably drowning in Crown Royal right now.
But what do you think?
*Two years ago, the Redskins gave Pierre Garcon five years and $20.5 million guaranteed, and the Eagles gave Jackson himself five years and $20 million guaranteed.
Maybe because of some sort of gang affiliation and probably because of shit we don’t know about yet, DeSean Jackson is no longer with the Eagles. So let’s talk about what that means for the Redskins.
First, unless the Cowboys or Giants grab him, it means they won’t face him twice a year. That’s a good thing, because here’s what Jackson did in 11 games vs. Washington, dating back to 2008:
*32 receptions for 572 yards and five TD’s
*11 punt returns for 173 yards and one TD
*Six rushes for 96 yards and one TD
That’s seven touchdowns in 11 games, and all seven were big plays, 25 yards or more. Hell, they averaged 57 yards. That’s a lot of yards.
The Redskins went 4-7 in those 11 games, and 1-5 in the six games Jackson scored. I’m not sure what the correlation is between those numbers, but it doesn’t reflect poorly on him.
And maybe that’s why the Redskins are bringing Jackson in to talk. There’s smoke coming from Buffalo, Oakland and others, but you’ve got to think this is a buy-low situation too.
If the Skins can get him cheap to pair with Pierre Garcon and face Philly twice yearly, that’s an interesting proposition. Of course the other side is that he’s a “cancer,” which I put in scarequotes because we may just be making that up.
But I’m curious what you think. Take the poll, let us know.
This is just about perfect. “Slippery slope” FTW.
Ten inches in Ashburn today. Ten! Riggo makes the most of it.
There have been plenty of Hot Takes about the Skins’ free agency activity, so let’s add another to the pile: It’s actually been pretty successful, all things considered. Here are five reasons why:
1. They’ve addressed needs. Sure, the secondary is still a dumpster fire at this point, but the Redskins have more holes in their roster than a single free agency period can fill. But they’ve done well to shore up some of those gaps. They signed WR Andre Roberts, who NFL types seem to unanimously agree is a high quality No. 2 option, offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao, who is a strong pass protector but needs work in run blocking, offensive lineman Bruce Campbell for pocket change (or a quarter-million dollars to you and me), special teamer Adam Hayward, and veteran cornerback Tracy Porter, who is a guy that plays a position at which Washington is horrible. These probably aren’t the moves that immediately take them from a 3-win team to back atop the division, but they will make the team better and none of them are cap-crippling longshots.
Don’t know the money yet, but the Skins moved fast on Cardinals WR Andre Roberts:
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Roberts enters his fifth season out of The Citadel. A former third-round pick, he has 182 catches for 2,123 yards and 11 touchdowns for his career. Last season, Roberts, who clocked a 4.36-second 40-yard dash out of college, last season recorded 43 catches for 471 yards and two touchdowns.
Not sure why they’re prioritizing wide receiver over more glaring needs, but noted Cards fan Will Leitch says we’ll like him, and Grantland NFL observer Bill Barnwell thinks he’s underrated. So there’s that.
Update: Jason La Canfora tweets the deal is for “4yrs around $16M, with half of that guaranteed.” SI gives the signing an A-.
So today was interesting. This site was knocked offline for much of it, and our previous, seven-year-old design (!) is unsalvageable (!!), so now we’ll need a new one. Until then, here are your links du jour …
Skins slap the franchise tag on Orakpo. He’ll make $11.5 million. [Insider]
Franchising Orakpo doesn’t end debate about what to do with him. [Keim]
Trevor Ariza scored 40 Saturday. Yeah, I don’t know how either. [WI]
John Wall named Eastern Conf. Player of the Week. [Bullets Forever]
Caps blow lead and win streak with bad loss to the Flyers. [RMNB]
Dimitry Orlov suspended two games for ill-advised boarding. [Caps Insider]
Evgeny Kuznetsov may be coming soon, but chill out. [Caps Insider]
A fun little Answer Man interview with Bryce Harper. [Big League Stew]
The O’s are kicking the tires on brokedown Johan Santana. [O's Insider]
After winning CAA Tourney in ’13, JMU finishes seventh. [JMUSB]