Report: DeSean Jackson requests trade in Tampa

Brian Tinsman
October 28, 2018 - 1:12 pm
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An early gameday report out of Tampa Bay is that former Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson wants out and has requested a trade before the Tuesday trade deadline.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport had the initial report also said that the team has thus far rebuffed his request, but a market could develop for the speedsters skills.

The Redskins are a logical suitor if Bruce Allen and company want to roll the dice on Jackson 2.0.

The Redskins are in first place in a lousy division but remain vulnerable with a Jackson-sized hole in the offense. Adrian Peterson keys the rushing attack, but no big-play threat has emerged for Alex Smith to throw the ball deep.

The team's passing game has been anemic, averaging just 218.5 yards per game, ranked 26th in the NFL. The 7.1 yards per reception is tied for 20th in the NFL, but is indicative of a heavy check-down game and short to intermediate routes.

Despite a career-long reputation of throwing short, Smith showed that he can throw it deep last season with the likes of speedy Tyreek Hill in the offense. Jackson would be a similar type of threat, taking the top off the defense and giving the Redskins a quick score threat.

With a strong defense and a powerful running game, the Redskins aren't likely to become a prolific passing offense overnight. But if a Week 6 loss to the Saints showed them anything, it's that this team can't play from behind. There is no real ability to throw their way back into a game, and Jackson could certainly aid in that regard.

There's also the current composition of the Redskins receiving threats. For the second-straight year, running back Chris Thompson leads the team in receptions, with tight end Jordan Reed ranking second. Newcomer Paul Richardson is third and leads the team with two receiving touchdowns. Jamison Crowder (ankle) is out for the third-straight week and still ranks fourth on the team in receptions.

According to Over The Cap, the Redskins have the necessary room to take on the rest of Jackson's $11 million salary this season and would be on the hook for $10 million in 2019. The only questions is if the Redskins could make the Bucs change their minds.

 

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