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On DeSean Jackson, the truth remains elusive

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Eight days ago, we pointed out that the truth regarding receiver DeSean Jackson’s status with the Eagles was as elusive as he is.

As of April 1, Jackson’s circumstances have changed dramatically.  And the truth is still elusive.

In the push and pull of NFL contract negotiations, it appears that Jackson’s camp may be leaking information aimed at forcing the Redskins to yield on key terms.  It also appears that the Redskins are leaking information aimed at keeping the presumption from becoming that Jackson will inevitably be conducting a press conference at team headquarters, holding up a youth medium jersey bearing a number other than Robert Griffin III’s 10.

On Monday, it looked/felt/smelled/tasted like the Jackson camp was pushing the idea of two “mystery teams” in “deep negotiations” with the player.  And it looked/felt/smelled/tasted like the team was putting out the idea that they won’t overpay — and that Jackson wants $9 million or $10 million per year.

Now, it seems Jackson’s camp is putting out the idea that it’s a done deal in D.C.  If that report gains traction, the Redskins will have to blink, eventually.  And so the Redskins predictably are putting out the idea that it’s not a done deal in D.C.

The dance will continue, unless and until a deal really is done.  Or unless and until Jackson decides to leave D.C. and take another visit.

Which should give Raiders fans everywhere plenty of hope.

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52 Responses to “On DeSean Jackson, the truth remains elusive”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 1, 2014 8:26 AM

    Just crossing the i’s and dottin’ the T’s folks. He’s a Redskin. RGIII-Morris-Garcon-Jackson-Reed = Superbowl. #HTTR

  2. 12brichandfamous says: Apr 1, 2014 8:27 AM

    Yawn!! Give us something new.

  3. icewalker946 says: Apr 1, 2014 8:27 AM

    Still a better QB than anything the Vikings have.

  4. therealbillybuffalo says: Apr 1, 2014 8:28 AM

    Desean, just come to Buffalo so we can finally win the Super Bowl.

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 1, 2014 8:28 AM

    Hail to the Redskins !
    Hail to victory !
    Braves on the war path !
    Fight for old D.C !
    Run or pass and score,
    We want a lot more !
    Beat em, Swamp em, Touchdown,
    Let the points soar !
    Fight on… Fight On…
    Til you have won,
    Sons of Washington !
    RAH RAH RAH!
    Hail to the Redskins !
    Hail to victory !
    Braves on the war path !
    Fight for old D.C !

  6. holdsteady76 says: Apr 1, 2014 8:28 AM

    No no no, just ask his high school gym coach …. It’s all good.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 1, 2014 8:29 AM

    None of us can handle the truth. The Raiders should do what they do best, and you know…raid.

  8. fleaman1381 says: Apr 1, 2014 8:34 AM

    “It also appears that the Redskins are leaking information aimed at keeping the presumption from becoming that Jackson will inevitably be conducting a press conference at team headquarters, holding up a youth medium jersey bearing a number other than Robert Griffin III’s 10.”

    This sentence almost ruined my keyboard with coffee.

  9. rayder32 says: Apr 1, 2014 8:37 AM

    Wait….what?????

  10. shuttaman1990 says: Apr 1, 2014 8:38 AM

    Goooo Raiders! Redskins aint got the money to sign him #DJAXToOakland!!!!

  11. cadlow says: Apr 1, 2014 8:38 AM

    If Jackson wants to win and repair his Image he should be heading to New england, NY Giants, Green Bay. He needs a stable professional organization. Not a zoo.
    So my advice would be take a one year deal with a stable organization. Stay away from the clown shows that are the sknis, the raiders and the J E T S jetsjetsjets.
    But thats only if he cares about his image, Otherwise its a “show me the money” situation. And with that he can join Mike Wallace as one of the most over rated players around. Never to win a thing.

  12. connorchew says: Apr 1, 2014 8:39 AM

    Desean new agent is turning him into a serious distraction. He forced the Eagles hand, and now he’s trying to do the same to the skins. He should’ve just kept him and his “camps” mouth shut and stayed in philly.

  13. crubenst says: Apr 1, 2014 8:41 AM

    Raiders fans’ “hope” should be that he signs with the Skins. I think they should have learned over the past 20 years that bringing in deep speed isn’t a formula for winning.

  14. clssylssy says: Apr 1, 2014 8:54 AM

    Who Cares? It seems the truth with regard to high profile individuals remains as subjective as the people they are working with in the NFL and the media decide what it will be. Meantime, let his play on the field stand on it’s own merit!

  15. whiteknightblackheart says: Apr 1, 2014 8:54 AM

    Redskins. 7 time FA Super Bowl Champions.

  16. pastorbobs says: Apr 1, 2014 8:57 AM

    Let him go Skins, it looks alluring but let him go somewhere else…

  17. nfcbeastly says: Apr 1, 2014 8:57 AM

    Anything that Dan Snyder touches automatically turns to MUSH.

  18. yourhopesdashed says: Apr 1, 2014 8:57 AM

    Who will wear #10 doe!!?!??!

  19. vegasdestroyer says: Apr 1, 2014 8:58 AM

    IF the CRIP-keeper signs for less than he would have been paid by the Eagles, he will demand a new contract next year.

  20. wishingtonredslur says: Apr 1, 2014 9:11 AM

    Or unless or until the Redskins get tired of putting up with the antics of a individual not even on the team yet.

  21. steelerben says: Apr 1, 2014 9:11 AM

    That means DeSean Jackson to Washington is as much a done deal as Andy Reid to Arizona?

  22. jimmyt says: Apr 1, 2014 9:11 AM

    Michael Brockers, Isaiah Pead, Rokevious Watkins, Janoris Jenkins, Alec Ogletree, Stedman Bailey, Zac Stacy AND this years second over all pick which will probably be traded for even more. That is what the Rams have gotten so far for the RGIII trade (unless I left someone off the running list). Sorry logicalvoice but if you still think the Skins got the better deal you give new meaning to “fantasy football”. Outside of Watkins, I wouldn’t trade any of them for RG3andOut.

  23. plbertol says: Apr 1, 2014 9:13 AM

    Yawn. Desean who? And he was cut? Yep, definately Raider material. They take everyone’s dirty laundry!

  24. jam11163 says: Apr 1, 2014 9:16 AM

    (Httr) as the eagle put up 35pts. In the first half. Lol

  25. noladat says: Apr 1, 2014 9:26 AM

    What ever team wants this train wreck of a human is just as bad of a train wreck of a franchise.

    It has nothing to do with cap room. If a good team wanted him they can make room.

    If your team is in courting this bum I feel sorry for you because it says so much more about the front office. In the deepest wr draft class in history your team wants to sign an expensive tiny wr with now way more than an attitude problem. Your team should just draft and develop someone for a tenth the price and headache. Fans deserve better!

  26. fundamentals425 says: Apr 1, 2014 9:28 AM

    These games are exactly why we should move on.

  27. samapoc says: Apr 1, 2014 9:28 AM

    Just trying to drive up the price, folks. The “two teams are negotiating with Jackson” headlines on espn are laughable as a clear money grab. Snyder is an idiot though, so I expect him to overpay.

  28. ocgunslinger says: Apr 1, 2014 9:30 AM

    After all the PC stuff about the Redskins nickname and an incompetent owner I am pulling for the Redskins to improve in 2014. So do NOT sign Jackson as he is going to be a distraction and will impair the team in the long run. He wants to be the “Answer” but that title has been taken and earned by a better athlete in Philadelphia.

  29. officialgame says: Apr 1, 2014 9:35 AM

    Only the Redskins are stupid enough to negotiate with themselves. Only the Redskin have their players out in force to recruit Jackson who is being recruited by one team, the Redskins. And only one time in football will give Jackson big money and guarantee’s , you guessed it, the Redskins.

  30. grimreaper12 says: Apr 1, 2014 9:36 AM

    Should of taken a pay cut to play with Tom Brady. Have fun with RG3 and out.

  31. raiderheart says: Apr 1, 2014 9:37 AM

    #DJaxtooakland
    He’s just using the Redskins to get big Reg to speed up his contract so he can play for his favorite team!

  32. haaaaasoooooo says: Apr 1, 2014 9:37 AM

    Does Djax and MJD have the same agent? Cuz he should look at the “deal” MJD got with his new team. That’s what he’s about to get! A real “DEAL”! Good luck getting someone to over pay for this head case. Wait…….WHAT? The raiders just signed him to a 5yr-55 million dollar contract? All guaranteed???? Hahaha!

  33. huthuthut says: Apr 1, 2014 9:50 AM

    “Hope for Raiders Fans.”

    They surely need some, but somehow I don’t think DeSean is the missing piece needed for relevance.

    I mean, he’s good and all, but he doesn’t play left tackle or quarterback.

  34. craigkintexas says: Apr 1, 2014 9:51 AM

    Jerry Rice isn’t impressed by speed. Woe be it to the team that is impressed with MeSean’s speed.

  35. realnflmaster says: Apr 1, 2014 9:52 AM

    You will regret this move for the rest of your life. You could have joined the JETS dynasty.

    #JETSdynasty #RexRyanHOF #NamathLEGEND

  36. discostu570 says: Apr 1, 2014 9:57 AM

    He wants to join Mike Vick with the Jets, but he’s waiting for John Idzik to call. John Idzik isn’t going to call them first because he isn’t going to pay ten million a year.

    I mean, who would want to play for the Redskins?

  37. dontouchmyjunk says: Apr 1, 2014 9:57 AM

    It’s not a mystery. It’s a smear campaign by the Eagles. An organization that has a long history of smearing players it plans on releasing to soften the blow to its mouth breathing fan base. Ask Jeremiah Trotter.

  38. beelicker says: Apr 1, 2014 9:57 AM

    He must be the real Slim Shady?

  39. dcstinks says: Apr 1, 2014 10:01 AM

    Funny, the DeadSkins told us last year this individual was not a great receiver and gets shut down. Now, you are gonna win a SuperBowl with him? SMH, DeSean welcome to the circus of D.C. and DC, welcome the Circus of DeSean. Two clowns working together for a collapsed big top.

  40. mrexcite721 says: Apr 1, 2014 10:03 AM

    I thought Dan Snyder promised not to chase the shiny objects anymore. Build through the draft (oops, sorry). And why exactly is Jackson such a good fit here? I do not see it and wonder if it’s more to annoy the Eagles ??

  41. 1harrypairatesties says: Apr 1, 2014 10:13 AM

    Maybe he should sign a contract with his Gang & leave the NFL.

  42. regulator2 says: Apr 1, 2014 10:14 AM

    D-Jax is already playing contract games with the Skins. Alligator arms and he has not even had a pass thrown yet. Wow Snyder deserves this guy.

  43. missingsock215 says: Apr 1, 2014 10:19 AM

    When your only options are the Redskins or the Raiders, you know you’re in a good spot.

  44. Noel Thomas says: Apr 1, 2014 10:22 AM

    What a clown show the Redskins are. Good teams don’t tolerate agents manipulating the process by leaking false info, and drop negotiations. Only the spineless Redskins will stand for being pushed around. I guess that’s where the Redskis OLine learns to play, but watching the owner and front office getting pushed around.

    Roller skates for everyone!

  45. dangerturtle says: Apr 1, 2014 10:26 AM

    So, does this mean Idzik isn’t as dumb as Jets fans were crying about after all? #InJohnWeTrust

  46. mdf53 says: Apr 1, 2014 10:27 AM

    RGIII cost a lot, but with all of the picks the Rams got, what have they won?

    The Redskins won a division title with an injured RGIII and was leading the Seahawks 14-0 on one leg.

    Some of you hater fans of the NFL East are tripping over your lips in hopes that you don’t have the poison crow that you want everybody to buy into.

    We have heard all of the insults and jokes and analysis on all of the mistakes the Skins have made and the owner’s irresponsible spending, but every team and owner does the same and only one team wins the big prize.

    Some of you fans have never even seen a play off game in your city much less a Super Bowl. You just keep hating and Dan will keep spendong, so get your next joke ready, tell it to the back of DJAX’s jersey what ever number it is.

    Dallas fans need to shut your mouths because you have a fumbling qb with a 100 million dollar salary and has never won a play off game.

    NE fans you are fresh off of spy gate and Hernandez the troubled college player that came with character baggage, but was given a multi – million dollar deal to sit on death row.

    Nobody is good enough to see the future, but everyone wants to posture to get the best available opportunity available.

    Philly should be ashamed if it wasn’t a money decision. They had to get rid of the 10 million dollar tag on DJax, but they shot themselves in the foot because Philly fans would have run Chip Kelly out of town for even the thought.

    Buddy Ryan was in Philly and traded away Chris Carter, a Hall of Fame receiver and lived to regret it?

    This just might be dejavous and the jokes are on all you haters!

  47. ilovecostcobut says: Apr 1, 2014 12:01 PM

    Mike,

    You say, “Now, it seems Jackson’s camp is putting out the idea that it’s a done deal in D.C. If that report gains traction, the Redskins will have to blink, eventually. And so the Redskins predictably are putting out the idea that it’s not a done deal in D.C.”

    Why? Why would the Redskins have to blink? Why would the story gain traction, FORCING the Rexskins to blink. This makes little sense to me.

    The longer Desean goes without a contract, the less leverage he has. He was “worth” $10 million/year before he was gang-related; now, no new contract, not so much.

  48. jgedgar70 says: Apr 1, 2014 1:01 PM

    The only things missing from this Trash TV rerun are a player doing situps in the driveway and an agent repeating, “next question.”

    Sign with someone and get over yourself……

  49. qdog112 says: Apr 1, 2014 1:10 PM

    The only thing elusive, is ,,, a real story. Philly dropped bits of red meat for the media and fan frenzy. Now every aspect of Jackson’s life is being scrutinized, when there is absolutely nothing new revealed about him through this ordeal.

    This happens all the time. Team/coach falls out of love with a player, they leak negative info too the media too hurt his value after trying unsuccessfully to trade said player. More times than not, that player’s value is so damaged that he never recovers from the damage. We saw it happen with several Bucs players, who contributed heavily to other teams and some who never played again.

    In this case, demand is very high for Jackson, as it should be and as with Shciano, this may backfire on Kelly, because demand for Jackson is so high and the Eagles still have to give him $6 million dollars.

    There’s no mystery, just a race to write something, anything.

  50. zeke2517 says: Apr 1, 2014 1:28 PM

    Hmm. This is truly a mystery. It can only be solved when…

    Some team signs him!

    ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh

  51. radrntn says: Apr 1, 2014 1:42 PM

    The Autumn wind is a Raider, and DJax runs like the wind.

  52. babygaga19 says: Apr 1, 2014 8:13 PM

    DAY 9…………………………Raiders still conducting background check. Stay tuned Nation! If Reg finds out DH is older than 30, he is OURS!

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