DeSean Jackson is embracing his fresh start with the Washington Redskins, acknowledging that he was humbled by his relesae from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Now, Jackson is feeling wanted again after being recruited by Redskins players, including cornerback DeAngelo Hall and quarterback Robert Griffin III. He signed a four-year, $32 million contract that amounts to a three-year, $24 million deal since the 2017 season and base salary of $8 million is voidable.
“It was a humbling experience for myself, me being at the peak of my career and doing some great things in this league after my sixth year,” Jackson said during a conference call. “I’m very humbled to be where I’m at and to be released like that. But I feel like moving forward is the best thing for me and being a part of the Redskins who just won a division title the year before. There are some great things going on here in Washington."
Jackson issued a statement after being cut denying an NJ.com report that stated he had affiliations with the Crips, a Los Angeles street gang.
"As far as putting out the statement, I felt like that was the right thing to do at the right time and eventually I think people will understand and see the real DeSean Jackson and not see the painted picture that was put out of me before," Jackson said. "I’m going to do everything have to do to be a Washington Redskins and be respected by people in this league and people in this organization.”
As for the Redskins' support, financial and otherwise, Hall was touched.
“I feel they embraced me as far as RGIII, DeAngelo Hall reached out to me and made me feel like it was home here,” Jackson said. After everything that was going on the past couple days and the last week, that’s a big step of their first move for me. I think DeAngelo Hall really stepped up to the plate and called me and said, ‘Look, bro. I know I’ve been playing against you for a long time, but I feel like this is a situation where if you came in here, you could help us out a lot.’
"For myself, I was still at a point in my career where that made me very humble for everything to go down and happen the way it happened. But coming in here, Bruce Allen, Mr. Snyder, Jay Gruden, I think it was an open-arm situation and I just was looking for an opportunity to come in and be productive and help out any way possible. I think this place right here is a great place and has some great things going on and I’m just happy to being an addition to helping this team win.”
What about the Eagles and Chip Kelly giving up on him amidst reports about his attitude, work habits and commitment to football?
"I'll definitely be very excited about the opportunity regardless of who we're playing," Jackson said. "Obviously me coming from the Eagles, that will definitely be emotional and a big game, but I like to say every game will be the same. I've never been to the visiting locker room in the Linc before so someone will have to show me a way to get there."
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