Ravens Signing Veteran Receiver DeSean Jackson
The Baltimore Ravens and wide receiver DeSean Jackson have reportedly agreed to a signing on Tuesday. The 35 year-old Jackson visited the Ravens on Tuesday and the two sides came to an agreement on a deal that will see Jackson on his third team in two seasons.
Drafted in the second round out of the University of California in 2008 to the Philadelphia Eagles. The 5’9″ Jackson has been a highlight reel during his 15 seasons in the NFL. Jackson spent six seasons with the Eagles where he was a three time Pro Bowler in 2009, 2010, and 2013. Jackson would leave the Eagles at the end of the 2013 season after his best season as a pro, a season in which he caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
In the offseason Jackson would choose to sign with the Washington Commanders for the 2014 season. Jackson would spend three seasons in Washington where he would continue to be one of the top receivers in the league. Jackson went over 1,000 yards receiving in 2014 and 2016 while averaging his best yards per catch, 20.9, since he averaged 22.5 as a member of the Eagles in 2010. Jackson joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017 where he played in just 26 games over two seasons. Over those two season Jackson had 91 receptions for 1,442 yards and seven touchdowns as a member of the Buccaneers.
Jackson would have his second stint with the Eagles but would fail to live up to his first six seasons with the Eagles as Jackson only played in eight games in two seasons catching 23 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson’s production was limited has he dealt with a variety of injuries that limited his availability. The Eagles would release Jackson at the end of the 2020 season.
Jackson signed with the Los Angeles Rams in the offseason of 2021. Jackson would play in nine games for the Rams catching 12 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown. Jackson would ask the Rams for his release in November of that year, and was released per his request. Jackson would spend the rest of the 2021 season as a member of the Las Vegas Raiders. Jackson played in seven games for the Raiders with limited production catching eight passes for 221 yards and one touchdown.
For his career Jackson has played in 176 games and has 632 career receptions for 11,110 and 58 touchdowns. Most known for his speed and a deep threat on every team he has played on. Jackson currently averages 17.6 yards per catch good for 39th all-time in NFL history, highest among active players.
The Ravens are hoping Jackson adds a spark to a desperate receiving group that has lacked production through six weeks. No other wide receiver outside of Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay currently has double digit catches. Bateman is still nursing a foot sprain that has sidelined him for the last two weeks. Jackson will likely be expected to help carry some of the weight for a passing offense that currently ranks 23rd in the NFL.