It appears the Redskins may be closing in on a deal to sign DeSean Jackson, ensuring he'll remain in the NFC East:
Have had a couple people tell me that talks between Jackson's side and Redskins have been going very well. My guess is he signs there.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) March 31, 2014
Said a source close to Jackson on Redskins: "Done deal."— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) April 1, 2014
TMZ Sports is reporting that Jackson and Washington QB Robert Griffin III hung out in Los Angeles over the weekend for "several hours", and that things went well.
NFL free agency is now three weeks old, and there are are just a couple of "elite" players left on the market. Center Alex Mack is still waiting for someone to offer him a contract after the Browns slapped the transition tag on him. He'll likely be returning to Cleveland.
That's not the case with former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. After being ousted from Philly last week, several teams have inquired about his services. The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta initially reported seven teams that have contacted Jackson since he was cut.
There may be two more teams working to see if they can fit Jackson into their plans:
I'm told that two teams not identified publicly as having interest in DeSean Jackson are in deep negotiations with the former Eagles WR— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 31, 2014
Washington will host Jackson on Monday evening and Tuesday, according to multiple sources. Two people classified the Redskins as "all in" in their pursuit of Jackson. But they acknowledged that it remains unclear if Washington will be able to meet Jackson’s contract demands. Another person familiar with the team’s deliberations said that the team will only sign Jackson "if he’ll come on the cheap."