View Count: 122 |  Publish Date: April 03, 2014
Jackson is glad to be in Washington

The contrast couldnt have been greater for DeSean Jackson. In a matter of days, the former Cal player went from unwanted to wanted, from fired to hired, from discarded by the Philadelphia Eagles with reputation tarnished to rock-star treatment and a new fat contract from Washington.
Concerns about work ethic, attitude and reports about gang activity seemed miles away when he was being wooed by Robert Griffin III or enjoying his recruiting-style evening out with cornerback DeAngelo Hall, receiver Pierre Garcon and rapper Wale.
On Wednesday, Jackson closed the deal, signing a reported three-year, $24 million contract that includes $16 million guaranteed.
I feel they embraced me, Jackson said. RG3, DeAngelo Hall reached out to me and made it feel like it was home. After everything that was going on the past couple of days, and the last week, thats a big step. ... I think the biggest thing about this move is finding a place where I can be happy and go out there and just be myself.
Adding Jackson to an offense that includes Griffin, Garcon, Andre Roberts, Jordan Reed and Alfred Morris should make Washington fun to watch again. Adding him to a locker room culture undergoing yet another overhaul might be the greater challenge.
Washington is getting a three-time Pro Bowl receiver with speed, someone who singlehandedly can change a defenses approach. He set career highs with 82 catches for 1,332 yards last year for the NFC East champion Eagles.
Washington is also getting a player not afraid to speak his mind who isnt shy about his talents. He had a history of off-the-field issues in his six seasons with the Eagles, who decided enough was enough and tried unsuccessfully to trade him. They released him, which Jackson called a humbling experience.
The day the Eagles let him go, Jackson issued a statement quashing another off-the-field report, denying involvement in gang activity near his hometown in Southern California.
Regarding his reputation in the locker room, he said: Im not really here to address that. I feel the people that really know me and know what type of player I am, they respect me and know Im a team guy.
Washington is coming off a 3-13 season overwhelmed by bad chemistry between coach Mike Shanahan and Griffin. Shanahan was fired and replaced by Jay Gruden.
Briefly: The Giants signed former Denver Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers. ... Jadeveon Clowney believes hes the NFLs No. 1 draft pick and the defensive end says he took a big step toward that goal during an impressive 40-minute session at South Carolinas pro day workouts.

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Time: 2:49  |  News Code: 392726  |  Site: San Francisco Chronicle
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