Updated: April 1, 2014, 10:01 AM ET
John Keim | ESPN.com
The Washington Redskins and wide receiver DeSean Jackson appear to be moving closer to an agreement on a contract, sources told ESPN.
Jackson arrived in northern Virginia on Monday night and dined with members of the Redskins coaching staff, including coach Jay Gruden. He later went to a club with current Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall and wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Both players have publicly stated their desire for Jackson to join the Redskins, as has quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Jackson was scheduled to visit Redskins Park on Tuesday.
The Philadelphia Eagles released Jackson on Friday, and the Redskins were the first team to schedule a visit with him. No other visits, however, have been announced.
A league source told ESPN that at least nine teams reached out to Jackson’s agent, Joel Segal, after the wideout’s release. Jackson would give the Redskins a dynamic playmaker they have long lacked. Garcon has speed, is excellent after the catch and excels on intermediate routes. His arrival would give the Redskins a weapon on the other side that would scare defenses.
Washington also added receiver Andre Roberts on the first day of free agency. The plan was to play him inside and outside, but if Jackson signs, then Roberts could be relegated to mostly slot duty.
The Eagles released Jackson just two years after he signed a five-year contract extension. The three-time Pro Bowler was due to make $10.5 million in 2014 and was owed $30.5 million over the remainder of his contract, but none of that money was guaranteed.
Jackson has 356 career receptions, averaging 17.2 yards per catch. He has caught 32 touchdown passes. He also has three rushing touchdowns and four more on punt returns.Covered the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and other media outlets since 1994
Authored or co-authored three books on the Redskins and one on the Cleveland Browns