The Washington Redskins signed wide-receiver DeSean Jackson to a three-year, $24 million deal on Wednesday, just four days after he was cut by the their division rival, Philadelphia. That's a fairly cheap deal, Deadspin notes, for a player coming off a career-best, Pro Bowl season, but Jackson's departure from the Eagles was anything but a standard roster move.
Last week, the Eagles released Jackson within minutes of the publication of a report on NJ.com that very loosely linked the player to two gang-related murder cases. Jackson was not a suspect or witness in either case, but he did speak to the Los Angeles police because of his personal relationship with one of the suspects who was accused (and acquitted) of murder. The timing made it appear as though the Eagles were cutting Jackson loose because they were leery of his "gang" associations, though there had been earlier reports that the team was already unhappy with his behavior and attitude.
And there were plenty of other people ready to make that association for them.
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While the Redskins may simply be taking a chance on Jackson because he's currently inexpensive (and no doubt eager to punish the Eagles on the field next season), there are others coming to his defense as well.