Jackson arrives in Washington to meet with Redskins

Posted: April 02, 2014

DESEAN JACKSON arrived in Washington yesterday for a visit that was to continue today, amid buzz that the Redskins were ready to make a substantive offer to the Eagles' three-time Pro Bowl wideout.

Intercepted at Dulles International Airport by Washington and Philadelphia TV stations, Jackson said he was seeking "a new beginning, new challenges." Asked about the possibility of playing the Eagles twice a year, Jackson said he was "not too much worried about that. Just moving on in my life."

Jackson did not stop to talk to reporters, who shouted questions to him as he walked to a waiting car. Reports indicated he would have dinner last night with head coach Jay Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen, then undergo a physical today.

A source close to Jackson said he would either sign with the Redskins or move on to meet with the Raiders. Several other teams have been mentioned in speculation. ESPN's Ed Werder tweeted that he'd been told two teams not publicly identified as Jackson suitors were "in deep negotiations."

Jackson, 27, was due to make $10.5 million from the Eagles this coming season, with a $250,000 workout bonus. Reports indicate he wants to stay near that figure, which might prove a challenge, given salary-cap restrictions. The Eagles' release of Jackson Friday, in the wake of an NJ.com story alleging gang ties, might make teams reluctant to give Jackson a multiyear contract right now, though that would lessen the 2014 cap hit.

Washington provided a landing spot for linebacker Jeremiah Trotter after the Eagles' similarly shocking release of him in 2002, and the Eagles traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Redskins in 2010. Washington fans weren't too pleased with either acquisition - Trotter was released and ended up anchoring an Eagles NFC Championship defense in 2004, and McNabb finished his lone Redskins season on the bench.

Eagles add a tackle

The Eagles added offensive tackle Andrew Gardner to their 90-man roster. Gardner, 27, becomes the eighth former Houston Texan on the team, joining linebackers Bryan Braman, Connor Barwin and DeMeco Ryans, punter Donnie Jones, cornerback Roc Carmichael, tight end James Casey, and wide receiver Jeff Maehl.

Gardner, 6-6, 308, was a sixth-round selection of the Miami Dolphins in 2009 out of Georgia Tech. He has spent time with the Ravens, Vikings and Bengals, along with Miami and Houston.

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