Though it should have been apparent when they gave him a three-year, $24 million contract, Redskins brass said Monday they weren’t worried about how DeSean Jackson was going to fit in, or whether he was a risk.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden talked to reporters for the first time since the deal, and said he had no concerns.
“I don’t know about any red flags,” Gruden said, via John Keim of ESPN.com. “I know he’s a great football player. We met him, I felt great about his character. Time will tell, but I don’t foresee any challenges in that regard. He’s a good player. He’s been productive. I think we’re excited to have him and anything off the field, we’re not concerned about.
“We’re counting on DeSean as a player and person moving forward that he’s going to be a fit in the locker room and obviously be a great asset off the field.”
General manager Bruce Allen likewise praised the obviously wise move me made, saying talking to other players was helpful in the process.
“We try to form our own opinions on people,” Allen said. “The way it transpired it gives us a full day just to get to know him. We feel he has a lot of good football in him and he’s a good young man. He wants to be great in the NFL.
“The player community is a very small group and everybody knows each other. They know the good and the bad and the indifferent. We felt very comfortable what we found out about him and felt very comfortable after talking to him and spending a day with him and seeing how he’d fit into the locker room. Our players embraced him.”
And they’ll likely continue to if he produces at last year’s rate, and doesn’t become the kind of player the Eagles were eager to get rid of.