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Redskins signing DeSean Jackson shakes up the NFC East

The Washington Redskins signing DeSean Jackson not only impacts their offense, but it will also have reverberations throughout the entire NFC East.  The Philadelphia Eagles had to have considered the risk that Jackson might end up with one of their NFC East rivals when they cut him.  So they’re prepared for this right?

We’ll see.  But this move isn’t like when the Eagles traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Redskins in 2010.  McNabb had already seen his better days, so the Eagles weren’t facing the caliber of player they once had.  But in contrast DeSean Jacskon is still in his prime, and at 27 still has some good seasons left in him.

And now the Eagles will have to deal with being on the other side of figuring out how to stop DeSean Jackson.  Ever since the Redskins snubbed Jackson in the 2008 draft by taking Devin Thomas ahead of him, DeSean Jackson has been a thorn in the side for Redskins fans, and killed the Redskins on numerous occassions.

So even though the Eagles will still have a good offense under head coach Chip Kelly, losing a player like DeSean Jackson still has to hurt them.  And looking around the division, the Redskins now have to be considered as having arguably the best wide receiving unit in the NFC East.

And although it guarantees nothing, with the Redskins only a year and some change removed from winning the NFC East, adding a player like Jackson has to vastly increased their chances of winning the division in 2014.


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