DeSean Jackson Fantasy News

RG3 starting to look like his old self
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:53am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

A couple days back, Santana Moss appeared on a podcast with ESPN’s John Clayton, and the topic of Robert Griffin III’s health came up. Clayton asked for a status report.

“He looks more comfortable, because he don’t have to worry about that brace,” Moss said. “I think the brace was the big discomfort last year. You know, he’s a young guy with those fiery legs that want to do so much, and that brace probably gave him a little pinch in the behind, because he couldn’t do the things that he was normally accustomed to doing. You can already see, when we’re out there in conditioning and stuff, he’s running around, looking like the old Robert Griffin.”

Which reminded me that Chris Cooley recently hit a local field with Griffin, and had a similarly rave review. This was before Griffin was permitted to work out with his teammates at Redskins Park; Cooley instead took the QB to his own gym, Lifetime Fitness near Ashburn. The men took turns running routes and throwing passes to each other.

“It’s unbelievable,” Cooley reported. “He’s another person right now. I was like, ‘you’re running unbelievably well.’ It was silly to watch….When you watch him run, you’re like ‘You’re a freak. You’re seriously a freak.’ ”

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin is a bounce back candidate now that he's another year removed from his ACL surgery and is able to discard the knee brace which obviously limited his mobility in 2013. Jay Gruden coaxed top 5 fantasy numbers out of Andy Dalton, so it's not inconceivable that he could do the same with RG3. It doesn't hurt that the Redskins have plenty of weapons in the passing game (e.g. Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts and Jordan Reed).

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Andre Roberts resigned to WR3 role
Friday, April 11, 2014, 10:43am

ESPN - [Full Article]

When he signed with Washington, Andre Roberts envisioned a role in which he’d play inside and outside, being a second option after Pierre Garcon. Of course, that was before the Redskins signed receiver DeSean Jackson.

“Well, I envisioned one thing and then we signed DeSean Jackson,” Roberts said on ESPN 980's "Inside the Locker Room" Thursday. “So I haven’t really thought too much.”

“That’s how the league is, that’s how the league works,” Roberts said. “Going into my situation, I wanted to be the No. 2 receiver. But I still don’t how it’s going to work out. Obviously, when you look at how much money is being made each guy, you’d think that’s going to be [the] No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3.”

Fantasy Impact:

Before the Jackson signing, Roberts was looking like a nice sleeper candidate as the Redskins' WR2, but now he'll be relegated to WR3 snaps and targets. He's basically in the same situation as Arizona, though at least he's getting paid.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 11:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson won't work out with his new team until next week, a team source said. He told coaches before signing that he had a vacation scheduled for this week based on Eagles players not needing to report until April 21.

Fantasy Impact:

Wide receivers changing teams usually take a hit in production and that's likely with Jackson given his outstanding season in 2013 and his new role in Washington. We'd like to see him in town building a rapport with Robert Griffin III and new HC Jay Gruden, but it's still early in the offseason.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:20pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Next shoe to drop in NFL: Impending release of Titans RB Chris Johnson. Should happen at the end of this week or beginning of next week.

Fantasy Impact:

It seems to be pretty common knowledge that Johnson will be on another team next year. As we learned from DeSean Jackson, it's not always the most obvious team that gets the deal done. The Jets have been linked since this rumor started.

Redskins sign DeSean Jackson
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:03am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Washington Redskins made their biggest move yet of the offseason Tuesday night, agreeing to terms with three-time Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson less than a week after the dynamic playmaker was released by the rival Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Impact:

The Redskins saw twice a year what Jackson can do in the NFL and never let him leave town. Jackson will join Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts to give QB Robert Griffin III a very formidable group at WR in Jay Gruden's more pass-happy offense - which will also includes TE Jordan Reed. From a fantasy perspective, until last year, Jackson was never really a consistent point-producer, but Eagles HC Chip Kelly found ways to utilize him. The argument can be made that the Skins will have more legit targets this year than the Eagles had last season, so another 82/1,300/9 season likely isn't in store for DeSean. But, DJax is a huge deep threat with great speed who is going to produce big plays at times. Perhaps more important, he will draw eyes on defense that could open things up for the rest of the Washington offense. In Kelly's offense, Jackson was a big reason why Riley Cooper emerged last year, and guys like Garcon and Reed could similarly benefit in 2014.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:38pm

Albert Breer on Twitter - [Full Article]

My guess is if Texas A&M WR Mike Evans lands in Buffalo, current WR Stevie Johnson could be moved.

Fantasy Impact:

Buffalo is also said to be interested in DeSean Jackson however, it looks like a deal with Washington is more likely. Either way, it seems like the Bills are trying to change their WRs for QB E.J. Manuel.

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 7:53pm

ESPN New York - [Full Article]

Unless they pull a 180, the Jets won't be a factor in the DeSean Jackson sweepstakes -- a smart move. He's not a fit for them.

They held internal discussions on Jackson, with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg giving his blessing. Mornhinweg, who coached him with the Philadelphia Eagles, told people in the organization that Jackson -- known for his bad-boy reputation -- wouldn't be a problem in the locker room. That apparently wasn't enough to sway Idzik, who reportedly hadn't reached out to Jackson's agent as of Saturday.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson is scheduled to visit Monday with the Washington Redskins. The Oakland Raiders might be interested as well. It's also been reported Sunday that the Bills are looking into Jackson. In another update, the Chiefs are reportedly out of the sweepstakes. Interesting that those with perhaps the closest ties to Jackson, like the Chiefs with Andy Reid and Jets with Michael Vick and Mornhinweg, seem to have distanced themselves from the WR...

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 2:28pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

WR DeSean Jackson has a business decision. Curious to see if his heart makes it. Pre-release he put word out to Raiders of his interest in them.

Fantasy Impact:

As many as 6-7 teams are reportedly interested in Jackson, and we can make direct links to at least three of them - Jets, Chiefs and Raiders. Whichever team gets him lands a WR coming off a 1,300-yard season with 9 TDs and great speed, but it's the off-field issues that obviously got him to this point.

Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:32pm

Jason LaCanfora on Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans very likely to release RB Chris Johnson next week after failed trade attempts. Would draw strong interest as FA as DeSean Jackson did.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson was linked to the Falcons by some Titans beat writers. Shonn Greene and Jackie Battle are next up on the Titans depth chart.

Eagles release DeSean Jackson
Friday, March 28, 2014, 1:15pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

The Eagles dropped a bombshell Friday afternoon when they released wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he caught 82 passes for 1332 yards and 9 TDs. The Eagles reportedly explored compensation from other teams around the league via trade, but Jackson’s outright release comes as a surprise.

"After careful consideration over this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today," the team said in a statement.

Fantasy Impact:

This move has been rumored for quite some time now, but still comes as a bit of a surprise. It's unlike the Eagles to not get anything in return for a player who is just 27 and coming off perhaps his best season, which means there was not a lot of interest from teams to deal for him and his large contract. News also came out today about Jackson's ties to a gang in Los Angeles. Obviously, way too many red flags eventually forced the Eagles decision here. Jackson had been tied to several teams via trade, like the 49ers and Patriots, and the Jets came out and said they were interested in Jackson, but wouldn't give up a pick. Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper now emerge as the team's top receivers. It also means the Birds will likely address the WR position early in the draft next month.

Beat: DeSean Jackson 'out' of Philly 'for sure'
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:37am

Allentown Morning Call - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Nick Fierro gives his take on the ongoing DeSean Jackson saga:

Various people close to Jackson and/or the Eagles' front office believe that there's at least a chance he's gone long before training camp.

"There is no way he's an Eagle this year," yet another person close to Jackson told The Morning Call. "However it leaked out, it leaked out, and now this is what you have."

In the meantime, for what it's worth, here's what my spidey senses tell me: Jackson is out of here for sure, and long before the NFL draft too.

Too bad, because his statistical contributions might be able to be replaced, but his overall impact on the offense might not be, at least right away.

More as this develops, and there's strong sense here that it will.

Fantasy Impact:

This is quite the turn of events, especially with Jackson coming off of his best receiving season as a pro (82-1332-9), which put him in the top 10 at his position for just the second time in his career. Perhaps the Panthers should give the Eagles a call. Jackson wants more money, but it's unlikely he'll get a new deal with the way he played in 2012. Plus, he's slated to make $10.5 million in 2014 and $9.75 million in 2015.

Eagles re-sign Jeremy Maclin to a one-year deal
Friday, February 28, 2014, 4:20pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Jeremy Maclin and Eagles have reached agreement on a one-year deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Maclin's return makes the Eagles' depth chart after DeSean Jackson rather murky. When healthy, Maclin is better than Riley Cooper, but the ACL injury is a worry. Still, Maclin is just 25 years old and since he injured his knee before the season, he should be close to 100 percent in 2014. His ADP will land in the middle rounds (6th-9th). By taking the one-year deal, Maclin will be highly motivated to produce big numbers so he can cash in next spring.

Dwayne Bowe wants to play leaner in 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 11:03am

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

There’s a belief that Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, who is listed at 6 feet 2 and 221 pounds, could take a major step toward doing just that by having a strong offseason of conditioning, something that Bowe himself acknowledged during the radio interview.

“One thing I want to work on — my endurance,” Bowe said. “I was really, really tired that last game.”

Bowe said he plans on changing the way he eats, though he didn’t provide details. He said he played this year between 212 and 214 pounds but hopes to report to camp a little lighter to better fit the offense.

“I probably want to play at 208 and try to be as quick and swift as possible, because that’s the kind of receivers that Andy had when he was in Philly,” Bowe said. “I’d like to be more explosive and faster than I was this season. I just want to work on my work ethic a little more and become quicker and faster so I can be like DeSean Jackson and those speedy, quick guys.”

Fantasy Impact:

Bowe finished the season as the #44 fantasy WR, but was the #26 wideout from Week 11 to Week 16. (The Chiefs rested their starters in Week 17.) Bowe also posted 8-150-1 against the Colts in the Wildcard round of the playoffs, so there is some reason for optimism heading into 2014. Bowe also revealed that he has a small crack in his foot (which he calls a third-degree sprain) that won't require surgery.

Eagles unlikely to redo D-Jax's deal
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 10:58am

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson is slated to earn $10.25 million in 2014, but only $250,000 is guaranteed and he won’t see that money until the season starts when he’s paid on a weekly basis. When he signed his new contract in March 2012, $10 million of $15 million guaranteed came up front in a signing bonus.

(Jackson’s 2015 ($9.75 million) and 2016 ($8.25 million) base salaries are not guaranteed.)

Last season, he made $6.75 million in base salary, $4 million of which was guaranteed. But the salary cap number was $9 million and jumps to $12.5 million in 2014.

There has been speculation that the Eagles may be open to restructuring Jackson’s deal to lower the 2014 salary cap number in exchange for more guaranteed money. While that is possible, it is also unlikely to happen, the source said.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson's 2014 salary is the 4th-highest among WRs, but if he suffers a career-ending injury next season, he will only see a small portion of the $30+ million he is owed over the remainder of his contract. It remains to be seen if this will impact Jackson's play. He has been known to grow "alligator arms" when he's worried about getting injured.

DeSean Jackson wants to re-negotiate his contract
Monday, January 6, 2014, 12:17pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

DeSean Jackson, coming off the best season of his career, made it clear Monday that he wants the Eagles to re-negotiate the five-year contract he signed 22 months ago.

Jackson signed a five-year, $48.25341 million contract extension in March of 2012 that included a $10 million signing bonus. He earned $6.75 million this past year and is scheduled to earn base salaries of $10.25 million in 2014 and $9.75 million in both 2015 and 2016, along with $250,000 workout bonuses each year.

Jackson is due $30.5 million over the next three years in base salary and workout bonuses but not including incentive bonuses.

The deal was negotiated by Drew Rosenhaus, who no longer represents Jackson. Jackson’s agent is now Joel Segal.

“I definitely feel it’s something deserving,” Jackson said at his locker in the NovaCare Complex on locker cleanout day. “We’ll see how that plays out, and hopefully we can work things out smoothly and not have to worry about anything out of the ordinary.

“But I definitely feel like it’s deserving. I’m proven in this league, and after this past year, went out there, no distractions, and just really put it all in for my team and went out there and had a lot of success, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Fantasy Impact:

The contract raised a few eyebrows when it was signed mainly because it paid Jackson as if he were a focused pro (which even he would admit he wasn't at the time). Now that he's become one, he is looking for more than the $30.5 million he's set to make over the next three seasons in base salary. He will be the 4th-highest paid WR without a raise. This will be a situation to monitor.