RG III excited about linking up with his new receiver this season.
After completing his move to the Washington Redskins on Wednesday, wide receiver DeSean Jackson revealed that both Robert Griffin III and DeAngelo Hall played big roles in his decision to join the team.
Jackson signed a four-year deal with the franchise worth $24m, with $16m guaranteed and a $5m signing bonus as he looks to put the controversy over his departure from the Philadelphia Eagles behind him.
Both Griffin and Hall publicly stated their desire to see the receiver join up with them in Washington, and while the organisation also aggressively pursued him, Jackson conceded that it was all very humbling and gave him the right impression immediately.
“After everything that was going on the past couple days and the last week, that’s a big step and first move for me,” Jackson said, as reported by ESPN.
“I was at a point in my career that made me very humble. … [Griffin] had a big part in getting me to sign here. I credit him and DeAngelo Hall to the utmost. Them guys stood up for me. They knew what my talent was and what I could bring to this team.”
The 27-year-old insists that his new fans will see the best of him and despite reports to the contrary, he will continue to train hard and put everything on the line when he goes out to represent his new team.
He admits that it will be emotional to return to Philadelphia and he will possibly need someone to “show him the way to the visiting locker room”, but he is undoubtedly excited about the new challenge ahead as he sees the Redskins as a real threat in the upcoming season.
Jackson will add to an already proven offense with the likes of Pierre Garcon along with Jordan Reed and Alfred Morris, while quarterback Griffin has already revealed his delight at the capture of his new team-mate.
Griffin sent a text message to ESPN revealing his excitement at the signing, but insisted that they must work hard over the off-season to build bonds and chemistry and prove that they can win on the field in order to make their unit a success.