RICHMOND—When DeSean Jackson joined the Redskins in 2014 he signed a four-year contract that automatically voided to a three-year deal. His third year with the team is coming up so his contract will expire at the end of the season.
The questions about whether or not Jackson will be back in 2017 have started already. Jackson is not one who seems to be preoccupied with the uncertainty.
“It’s not the first time that I’ve been playing and it’s been a contract year for me, so I’m keeping it real right here, keeping it real simple,” said Jackson. “I don’t want to put no extra pressure on anybody, on myself, on the team, nobody. I’m just here to work and be rewarded for whatever it is. Whatever that turns out to be at the end of the year, so be it.”
Jackson’s time in Washington so far has been the proverbial tale of two seasons. It was the best of times in 2014 when he played in 15 games and caught 56 passes for 1,169 yards (a league-leading 20.9 yards per catch) and six touchdowns. Last year things were not as rosy as Jackson missed almost half of the season with a hamstring injury and saw his production fall to 30/528/4. Obviously, Jackson would rather be coming off of a year more like 2014 when he is negotiating a contract for 2017 and beyond.
There is one other thing to keep in mind. Jackson will turn 30 years old on December 1. He doesn’t appear to be slowing down now but if he does during the season or if the injury bug bites him again the GMs around the league may be hesitant to give him anything much more than a “prove it” type of deal.
“This year I’m going to do everything I need to do to be that guy to be there for my teammates, be there for my quarterback, organization, whatever it is,” he said. “I’m going to put it on the line for them.”