DeSean Jackson will get at least two chances this season to prove the Eagles made a mistake by cutting him.
Jackson, who was released by the Eagles last Friday, agreed to terms with the NFC East rival Washington Redskins late last night on a three-year contract believed to be worth $24 million, including $16 million guaranteed.
"ITS GOIN DOWN !! BURGUNDY & GOLD," Jackson said via Twitter and Instagram at midnight.
Jackson spent Monday evening and Tuesday with new Redskins coach Jay Gruden and hung out with cornerback DeAngelo Hall and wide receiver Pierre Garcon. He left the team's facilities early Tuesday evening without signing a contract, but his agent, Joel Segal, and the Redskins continued to negotiate until they hammered out the deal.
Jackson, who made three Pro Bowls in six seasons with the Eagles, becomes the third player to jump to the Redskins, following linebacker Jeremiah Trotter and quarterback Donovan McNabb.
Trotter spent two seasons (2002-03) in Washington before returning to the Eagles in 2004 and helping them reach the Super Bowl. McNabb was traded to Washington on April 4, 2010, nearly four years to the day of Jackson's deal. He lasted just two seasons with the Redskins before getting cut.
By cutting Jackson, Eagles coach Chip Kelly got rid of his best wide receiver. The 27-year-old flourished in Kelly's offense last season, catching a team-high 82 passes for 1,339 yards and nine touchdowns.
Rumors that Jackson and Kelly did not get along were seemingly shot down by Kelly after he chatted with Jackson early last week, but he was released a few days later without any explanation from Kelly, general manager Howie Roseman or owner Jeffrey Lurie. A report on NJ.com suggested that Jackson had ties to the Crips gang, but law enforcement officials, longtime friends and Jackson himself have vehemently denied it.
Jackson joins Garcon and newly acquired wide receiver Andre Roberts as weapons for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. Meanwhile, the Eagles are left with Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin as their starting wide receivers for quarterback Nick Foles. Maclin missed all of last season with a knee injury.