DeSean Jackson will be staying in the NFC East, having agreed to terms late Tuesday night with the Washington Redskins on what is reported to be a three-year deal. That, of course, means that the New York Giants will still have to deal with the Giant-killing wide receiver twice per year.
What else does Jackson crossing from green and white to burgundy and gold mean for the Giants, and for the NFC East?
Well, the first thing that comes to mind is that whether or not the Giants originally set out this offseason to corner the market on experienced, quality cornerbacks the fact that they have done so turns out to be a very good thing.
The Giants, of course, added Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond and Zack Bowman in free agency along with re-signing Trumaine McBride. Rodgers-Cromartie has apparently been told he will shadow the opposing team's top receiver, which will include Jackson as a Redskin and not an Eagle.
With Jackson in Washington it may now be the Redskins and not the Eagles who possess the division's most formidable group of receivers. Jackson, 27, is a three-time Pro Bowler who had careers highs in catches (82) and receiving yards (1,332) last season. The Redskins also have wide receivers Pierre Garcon (113 receptions last season) and Andre Roberts (43 catches with the Arizona Cardinals) and second-year tight end Jordan Reed (45 catches as a rookie in 2013). The Redskins also have talented running back Alfred Morris, who has surpassed 1,000 yards rushing in each of his first two seasons. Quarterback Robert Griffin III has to be smiling today.
The Eagles have, of course, lost the explosive Jackson. The defending NFC East champions still have Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper at wide receiver, Zach Ertz and Brent Celek at tight end and running backs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles.
In what has turned out to be a wild offseason, the NFC East has certainly gotten much more interesting.
Your thoughts, Giants' fans?