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The Washington Redskins spending big money in free agency is a rite of Spring that rivals Opening Day or any basketball tournament. This year, Spring arrived a little later than usual.
Redskins fans will wake up Wednesday to the news that DeSean Jackson has agreed to terms, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. After one season stuck in salary-cap jail, owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen are freely spending again.
The team has re-signed five players since February, and handed Brian Orakpo a pricey franchise tag. The ‘Skins have signed 12 free agents from other squads, including a deal that awarded defensive tackle Jason Hatcher $10.5 million in 2014. But Jackson’s deal is the move that will make the biggest impact.
No one can say that Robert Griffin III lacks weapons now. In Pierre Garcon and Jackson, the Redskins might have the fastest starting wide receiver duo in the league. (And the best Redskins tandem since Gary Clark and Art Monk.) We’d pick a few current pairs ahead of them overall (Chicago and Atlanta, to start), but no group has more big-play ability. New Redskins coach Jay Gruden is used to coaching a quarterback that can’t deliver the ball deep. Griffin has a cannon, and will have a hard time overthrowing this group. And he knows it.