WASHINGTON – The Washington Redskins made their biggest move yet of the offseason Tuesday night, adding three-time Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson less than a week days after the dynamic playmaker was released by the rival Philadelphia Eagles.
Jackson’s publicist tweeted that Jackson was signing with the Redskins following two days of meeting with coaches and officials.
Jackson also broadcast the news, tweeting: “ITS GOIN DOWN !! BURGUNDY & GOLD”.
He arrived in the D.C. area Monday night and spent much of Tuesday at Redskins Park while his agent negotiated with the front office.
Jackson set career-highs with 82 catches for 1,332 yards last season for the NFC East champion Eagles, but Philadelphia tried to trade him and then cut him last week amid reports of off-the-field concerns. Jackson issued a statement denying he was associated with street gangs.
The Redskins, coming off a 3-13 season, had been looking for a versatile threat to add to an offense that includes Robert Griffin III, Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts, Jordan Reed and Alfred Morris.
Jackson becomes the second player the Redskins have lured from an NFC East rival this offseason. Defensive lineman Jason Hatcher signed with Washington after eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
Jackson’s signing is the first headliner move since the hiring of coach Jay Gruden and since general manager Bruce Allen was put in charge of the roster, but it echoes a familiar pattern from past years under Redskins owner Dan Snyder: Go after the hot name and live with whatever baggage there might be. The strategy has often failed – Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb are recent examples – but the 27-year-old Jackson is still in his prime.
IndyCar veteran to be TV analyst
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Foresters coach gets 700th victory
Huntington coach Mike Frame surpassed 700 wins as the Foresters won a home-and-home series against Saint Francis. Huntington’s 11-1 victory in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader at Saint Francis gave Frame his 700th victory. The Foresters won the second game 2-1, and they swept a home doubleheader Tuesday over the Cougars 4-0 and 3-1.
Cavaliers’ Irving resumes practice
Cleveland All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving practiced with his teammates for the first time in two weeks after being sidelined with a biceps injury. Irving was able to take some contact during the workout, his first since straining a biceps tendon on March 16 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Marquette hires Duke assistant
Marquette picked Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski as its next men’s basketball coach. He takes over for Buzz Williams, who left for Virginia Tech last month.
LSU’s top scorer leaving for NBA
LSU post player and leading scorer Johnny O’Bryant III announced that he will bypass his senior season and make himself eligible for the NBA draft. He averaged a career-high 15.4 points to go with 7.7 rebounds this season.
Judge denies ESPN libel suit dismissal
A federal judge in Albany, N.Y., denied a request by ESPN to dismiss a libel suit filed by the wife of former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine. Laurie Fine accused the sports cable television network of libel and slander in its coverage of child-molesting allegations against her husband. Bernie Fine was fired in November 2011, days after the broadcasts aired. He was not charged.
Around the NFL
The New York Jets signed free-agent receiver-kick returner Jacoby Ford. … St. Louis signed receiver Kenny Britt to a free-agent deal. The Rams also added defensive lineman Alex Carrington, backup quarterback Shaun Hill, linebacker Etienne Sabino and cornerback Greg Reid.
Ex-Bills QB awaits chemo, radiation
The doctor treating Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly for cancer said Kelly will start chemotherapy and radiation next week. The treatment plan was outlined by Dr. Peter Costantino of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Heisman winner settles lawsuit
Former college football star Desmond Howard will get the copyright to a famous photo of him in a Heisman Trophy pose after scoring a touchdown for Michigan against Ohio State in 1991. Attorneys for Howard and photographer Brian Masck announced the agreement. Masck still is expected to benefit from commercial use of the photo. Howard won the Heisman Trophy in 1991.
Illness, Czech can’t stop Venus
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