For Redskins, it was 'all systems go' for DeSean

For Redskins, it was 'all systems go' for DeSean

April 8, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Tired of it yet?

We know you are. (We are.)

But alas, like us, you're not on vacation with DeSean Jackson (see story), so here's your DeSean story for Tuesday, April 8.

Once the Eagles released Jackson, the Redskins, according to new head coach Jay Gruden, were "all systems go."

“He got released by Philadelphia, and as soon as that happened, it was, ‘Wow,’ for us,” Gruden said Monday on The SiriusXM Blitz (via “Because obviously people around here have played against him a couple of times a year."

In 11 career games against the Redskins, Jackson has 32 receptions for 572 yards and seven total touchdowns (five receptions, one rush, one return).

"Guys like that don’t come around very often and when they do, you have to do your due diligence, and you have to do whatever it takes to get the guy if you think he’s a fit," Gruden said. "And we felt like he was a fit for us. So Bruce Allen [was] all systems go and made a play for him and [it] ended up working out to get him.”

Speculation swirled regarding other teams Jackson would visit -- but it was all for naught. He didn't make any other visits and signed a three-year deal reportedly worth $24 million, including $16 million guaranteed.

“That was tough,” Gruden said. “Bruce did some work. [Jackson’s agent Joel Segal] and [Allen], they went at it. I’m sure there was some talk about him going to [visit] other teams, [but] Bruce and DeSean’s agent hashed out a deal and DeSean agreed to it.”

Thanks in part to a couple of Redskins.

“I think a lot of it had to do with the recruitment process with DeAngelo Hall and Robert Griffin,” Gruden said. “[They] did a nice job convincing him that D.C. was the place to be, and I think what he liked what he heard from the staff here also. When it was all said and done, I thought the financial package was fair for him, in his mind, and he was anxious to sign and move forward with his football career. And also [having] the opportunity to play the Eagles twice didn’t hurt any.”

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