The Redskins are “50-50” on whether they’ll try to re-sign DeSean Jackson after the season, according to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, who adds that the wide receiver’s injury issues could push him out of Washington in free agency. Jackson suited up for each of the Redskins’ first eight games this year, but he’ll miss a key NFC showdown against the Vikings on Sunday because of a left shoulder issue.
Jackson, 29, hasn’t played a 16-game campaign since 2013 – his sixth and final season in Philadelphia – and will sit out his eighth contest as a Redskin in Week 10. The majority of those missed games (six) came last year for Jackson, who has already matched his 2015 reception total (30).
With 56 targets, Jackson is one of four weapons quarterback Kirk Cousins has significantly relied on this season, joining Jordan Reed (58), Jamison Crowder (56) and Pierre Garcon (55), though Jackson’s current yards-per-catch average (13.9) is a career low and he only has one touchdown. Still, having put up 472 receptions, 17.4 YPC and 43 scores in nine seasons, Jackson should draw plenty of interest if he gets to the open market.
Like Jackson, who’s on a $3.75MM salary, Garcon is also unsigned beyond this season, leaving Crowder as the only highly targeted Redskins wideout under team control next year. A big 2016 from first-rounder Josh Doctson could’ve better prepared Washington to lose one or both of the Jackson-Garcon duo, but the rookie has endured an injury-stunted year and is on IR through at least Week 14.
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