After being thrown under the bus by the Eagles, DeSean Jackson said the way the Redskins greeted him made a huge difference.
In a conference call to formalize his NFC East move, Jackson said the recruiting pitch by players including Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was a huge factor.
“I feel they embraced me,” Jackson said, via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “RGIII, DeAngelo Hall reached out, made me feel like home, . . . DeAngelo Hall really stepped up to plate.”
Of course, Griffin was also eager to temper expectations as well, but the welcome was important.
Jackson wouldn’t address the circumstances of his departure from the Eagles, saying: “People that know me respect me and know I’m a team guy.”
The Eagles might one day dispute that, but so far, the team hasn’t said anything since giving a valuable asset to a division rival.
And by rolling out the red carpet for him, the Redskins have made sure he maintains that chip on his shoulder.