While there’s there’s still time for Washington to start serious negotiations with either player, McNally says that both Jackson and Garcon appear to be prepared to test the open market next month.
Three sources tell McNally that there looks to be an internal disagreement among the top decision makers in Washington’s front office about which of their free agent receivers to prioritize. Jackson reportedly has fans within the team and some believe his unique skillset couldn’t be easily replaced this offseason. Others view Garcon as a possession receiver with a limited ceiling, according to McNally.
Jackson reportedly has fans within the team and some believe his unique skillset couldn’t be easily replaced this offseason while others view Garcon as a possession receiver with a limited ceiling, according to McNally.
McNally’s sources added that if Washington doesn’t have deals in place with either Jackson or Garcon by March 1, the odds of them returning are low.
There have been rumors that Jackson could return to the Eagles next year, so that’s at least something to keep an eye on this offseason.
Jackson, 30, is a former second-round pick of the Eagles back in 2008. He’s currently in the final year of his three-year, $24 million contract that included $16 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $3.75 million.
In 2016, Jackson appeared in 14 games for the Redskins and caught 56 passes for 1005 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 36 receiver out of 115 qualifying players.
Garcon, 30, is a former sixth-round pick of the Redskins back in 2008. He spent four years in Indianapolis before signing a five-year, $42.5 million contract that included $20.5 million guaranteed with the Redskins back in 2012.
Garcon is now in position to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent and will be among the best available receivers.
In 2016, Garcon appeared in all 16 games for the Redskins and caught 79 passes for 1,041 yards and three touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 8 receiver out of 115 qualifying players.
We have both of them featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.