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The full DeSean Jackson contract details

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DeSean Jackson didn’t get traded because no one wanted to pay him $10.5 million in 2014.  The Redskins ultimately chose to pay him 76 percent of that.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Jackson will make $8 million in 2014.  The total comes from a $5 million signing bonus, a fully-guaranteed base salary of $1 million, a fully-guaranteed $500,000 workout bonus, and a $1.5 million 53-man per-game roster bonus that is fully guaranteed.

For 2015, Jackson gets a fully-guaranteed $3.75 million base salary, a fully-guaranteed $500,000 workout bonus, and a fully-guaranteed $3.75 million 53-man roster bonus.

That’s $16 million fully guaranteed upon signing, earned over two years.

Because they’re fully guaranteed, the 53-man per-game roster bonuses in 2014 and 2015 don’t give the Redskins any extra protection — unless Jackson gets suspended.  Even if that happens, the team would have been protected via guaranteed base salaries.  The thinking is that the devices, while ultimately meaningless, could be a way to make the player think he’s got more at stake than he really does.

In 2016, Jackson has the same terms as 2015, without the guarantees:  $3.75 million base salary, $500,000 workout bonus, $3.75 million 53-man roster bonus.  It adds up to a three-year, $24 million contract.

There’s also a fourth-year that automatically voids.  That allows the Redskins to push $1.25 million of the signing bonus into 2017, which in turn keeps the cap charges lower in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

For 2014, the cap charge is $4.25 million.  For 2015 and 2016, it’ll be $9.25 million each year.

Under the circumstances, it’s a very good deal for DeSean.  Especially since there’s a good chance that, instead of multiple other suitors willing to pay big money (“mystery” or otherwise), Jackson in actuality had a crazy handful of nothin’.

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18 Responses to “The full DeSean Jackson contract details”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 2, 2014 3:12 PM

    In other words, the Redskins have the best front office in the sport. Like I said, all along. But don’t worry DeSean, we respect our lockerroom here in Washington. We WILL pay you what you deserve but you have to win. We WIN Superbowls in this city. #HTTR

  2. theclink12 says: Apr 2, 2014 3:14 PM

    Translation:

    He will be there in 2014 and 2015 and cut in 2016.

  3. captainwisdom8888 says: Apr 2, 2014 3:17 PM

    You know what would be the biggest of bombshells, I mean absolutely nuclear?

    I think the Eagles have some serious dirt on Jackson, the kind of stuff that can really kill a career. Now that the Eagles have realized that they will be playing against Desean twice a year…what if they actually came out with some damning evidence and intricate details of why exactly they released such a productive guy? The Eagles may not have planned to divulge the real reasons they dropped him, but now that they can hurt a division rival by coming out with it…

  4. fezwhatley says: Apr 2, 2014 3:20 PM

    Haha, MeSean will be looking for a new contract/more money by week 9

  5. EJ says: Apr 2, 2014 3:34 PM

    I am so glad he never made it past Washington. Jackson is selfish and does not deserve to be making the money the Redskins forked over so easily. Washington: Enjoy your Wide Receiver.

  6. realdealsteel says: Apr 2, 2014 3:35 PM

    Currently, the Redskins and Raiders are places where players go so their careers can die. Rest in peace DeSean.

    Redskins will be in the top 10 in the 2015 draft for sure now. Book it.

  7. chawk12thman says: Apr 2, 2014 3:46 PM

    He lost 2.5 Million this season due to the Eagles cutting him, for whatever their reasoning…….My guess is that he will try to get some of it back out of their hides during the next 4 games with them (guaranteed) . Must see T.V.

  8. snoqualmkanem says: Apr 2, 2014 3:46 PM

    Thought the Redskins already dealt with salary cap hell… they must have enjoyed the pain…
    Too much money for locker room distraction number 2 on that team.

  9. ochospantalones says: Apr 2, 2014 3:50 PM

    The Eagles don’t have any dirt on DeSean, Chip Kelly just didn’t want him around anymore. Chip found him annoying and thinks they can win without him. I’m not expecting any other shoes to drop.

  10. snoqualmkanem says: Apr 2, 2014 4:01 PM

    Conspiracy theories.. must have better meds than I do to believe that one…

  11. flaccothewacko says: Apr 2, 2014 4:01 PM

    MeShawn and RGKnee should be a perfect fit; I know, Washington should change their name to the Drama Queens.

  12. richardmswartz says: Apr 2, 2014 4:08 PM

    The Washington team better hope they capitalize since underszied speedsters tend to fall off as soon as they lose that first step.

  13. goplaytabletennis says: Apr 2, 2014 4:12 PM

    Honestly, 8M sounds reasonable, I expected someone to pay way more for him. He might or might not be a locker room distraction, but if you bet on him, 8M is definitely not overpaying. Heck, they pay 8.5M to Pierre Garcon as far as I know …

  14. djlexluger says: Apr 2, 2014 4:14 PM

    Everybody says he’s selfish which WR that is any good isn’t? His career could end at anytime from 1 hit I can’t be mad if the man wants to get paid that’s what the hell we work for.

  15. mikeanthonymirabella says: Apr 2, 2014 4:16 PM

    I think the Raider headquarters should give a sigh of relief and fully concentrate in getting Sammy Watkins. If they pass on him they will have regrets for the rest of this season as he is not only bigger but much stronger than Jackson and someone that will be around along time instead of signing a big contract on a player that has one or two years left or decides to just relax on a big pay day like another receiver that gathers no Moss.

  16. Noel Thomas says: Apr 2, 2014 4:17 PM

    Redskins get tooled again, bidding against no one. What a joke of a franchise. They make the Jets look good.

    When was the last time the Redskins won anything? Have they won a playoff game under Snyder, except for his first year when he didn’t have time to make enough bad FA signings to screw up a decent team?

    Every year the Redskins win the spring by signing big names that don’t help their team win, confusing building a team with fantasy football.

    The best thing you can say about Jackson is that his signing isn’t as bad as the RGIII awesomely, stupendously, bad beyond belief.

  17. chaseutley says: Apr 2, 2014 4:21 PM

    In other words, by hiring a new agent and suggesting that he “deserved” a raise after the season, DeSean cost himself…..

    2014: $500K, bonuses included
    2015: $1.75MM after bonuses, but at least it’s guaranteed
    2016: $500K

    DeSean is making less money, now. After the smoke clears, this is about a new agent wanting to get paid.

    If Jackson stays with the Eagles or is traded, the player makes more money and his agent makes none. If you’re looking for the mastermind behind this, you will find Joel Segal in a Sith robe, fingers tented saying, “Excellent.”

  18. kd75 says: Apr 2, 2014 4:41 PM

    A $1.5 million 53-man per-game roster bonus equals $24 million for 2014 alone…

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