Jackson will have two opportunities next season to make Chip Kelly and the Birds pay for their decision. The NFL will release the 2014 schedule later this month. The Redskins are expected to officially announce the signing and introduce Jackson at a news conference on Wednesday.
His signing comes almost exactly four years after the Eagles traded another one of their superstars - quarterback Donovan McNabb - to the Redskins. In 2002, the Eagles cut linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, who went to Washington. Neither decision came back to haunt the team.
Jackson visited Redskins headquarters on Tuesday but left without a contract. He went to a nearby hotel as negotiations carried into the evening.
Although there were reports late Monday that Jackson and the Redskins had agreed to terms and that his signing was a "done deal," an NFL source said that was not the case early Tuesday morning, indicating that talks had yet to begin.
Still, league insiders expected Jackson to sign with the Redskins, and he eventually did. There had been various reports of as many as nine teams expressing interest, but Washington was the only one that brought in Jackson for a visit.
The Raiders, Bills, and 49ers had been linked to Jackson, but each of the reports came with caveats about the level of interest in the receiver. The Raiders were said to be researching Jackson's background. The Bills were reportedly in contact but treading softly. And the 49ers were said to have extended an early invitation but weren't willing to break the bank.
The Browns showed interest Tuesday, according to one report, but there was no confirmation from other media outlets. There was even an ESPN report on Monday that "two mystery teams" were deep in negotiations for Jackson.
But it was difficult to ascertain if there was genuine interest from other teams.
Jackson had been due to receive $10.5 million if the Eagles had kept him.
The Redskins had roughly $6.3 million in salary-cap space for 2014, but Jackson can reach a higher per-year number depending upon bonuses and how the money is spread out.
Jackson went to breakfast with Redskins officials Tuesday and then spent three hours at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., where he underwent a physical. He returned to a nearby hotel as negotiations between his agent, Joel Segal, and the team began, according to reports.
The night before, Jackson went to dinner with coach Jay Gruden, among others, and went out with Redskins players. A picture of him with receiver Pierre Garcon and cornerback DeAngelo Hall was posted on Twitter. In the picture, Jackson is pointing his forefinger like Garcon.
Much has been made of hand signals Jackson made in Instagram photos he posted of himself and made toward Hall last season, and whether they were a reference to the Los Angeles-based Crips gang. An NJ.com report last week described his connections with reputed gang members.
Jackson denied ever being part of a gang after the Eagles released him following the posting of the story. Still, teams appeared to shy away from him.
The Redskins didn't back off and stole a top talent from one of their divisional rivals. Now we'll see who made the right call.