The Los Angeles Rams announced on Sunday that veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson has agreed to a one-year contract with the team. At this time, the deal’s terms are unknown.
DeSean Jackson hasn’t played for a team in his home state in nearly 15 years. According to NFL Network, Rams coach Sean McVay reached out to Jackson to bring him to Los Angeles.
Jackson, 34, was a second-round pick of the Eagles in 2008. He played for the Eagles for six seasons, three in Washington, two in Tampa, and two more in Philadelphia.
In 160 career games, he has 612 catches for 10,656 yards and 56 touchdowns (154 starts).
Last season, he started five games for the Philadelphia Eagles, catching 14 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown.
According to NFL Network, Rams coach Sean McVay reached out to Jackson to bring him to Los Angeles.
Jackson, who will be reunited with new Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, was a member of the Washington Football Team under then-offensive coordinator McVay from 2014 to 2016.
Jackson provides the Rams with an immediate field-stretching deep threat for quarterback Matthew Stafford. One that will soften the crossing routes and beneath areas where Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp excel.
Jackson was one of the most dangerous deep threats in football during his prime. The three-time Pro Bowler has five seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards and seven seasons with more than 900 yards.
He’s also averaged 17.4 yards per reception over his career, with two seasons averaging more than 20 yards per catch.
Welcome to LA, @DeSeanJackson10!
We’ve agreed to terms with WR DeSean Jackson. pic.twitter.com/UF5eNqtzTy
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 22, 2021
The biggest question for Los Angeles is whether Jackson’s speed can still take the top off a defense. He is now 34 years old and has missed 28 games in the last three seasons.
Since 2013, the Rams have not played a full season (though he played in 14 or more games three times in that time period). In 2020, he missed 11 games, and in 2019, he missed 13 games.
If Jackson can stay healthy and hasn’t slowed down, he’ll be a valuable weapon for the Rams. If he can’t, he’s a relatively low-risk addition, making him a worthwhile gamble.