Jack­son is con­fi­dent in team, new deal

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS - D.C. SPORTS BOG BY DAN STEIN­BERG dan.stein­berg@wash­post.com Ex­cerpted from wash­ing­ton­post.com/dc­sports­bog

DeSean Jack­son’s most re­cent pub­lic state­ments about his pend­ing free agency did a fine job of sum­ming up the Red­skins’ off­sea­son dilemma.

He said Wash­ing­ton’s of­fense, as presently con­sti­tuted, has great ca­ma­raderie and a sig­nif­i­cant up­side, which seems ac­cu­rate.

He said he wants to re­main in Wash­ing­ton, which is at least the politic thing to say.

He said his re­cent pro­duc­tion speaks for it­self and that this next con­tract will be big for his life, which makes sense for a 30-year-old speed­ster.

Which led to this equally fine ob­ser­va­tion from the free agent wide re­ceiver.

“We’ve built the ca­ma­raderie, we’re very close to be­ing a cham­pi­onship-win­ning team,” Jack­son told Larry Michael on the team’s Red­skins Na­tion pro­gram, “so as long as we’re able to keep the [pieces] to the puz­zle to­gether. . . . They’ve got a huge task in front of them, speak­ing on the front of­fice here. But some­how, some way, if they can make it hap­pen, I think this team and this group of guys we have to­gether could be very spe­cial down the road.”

That’s a pretty big if. A grand if. A mon­u­men­tal if.

The pieces he was re­fer­ring to were him and fel­low free agent wide­out Pierre Gar­con, along with quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins, whose fu­ture also re­mains un­clear. You won’t find many predictions that all three of those men will be back in Ash­burn, at least out­side of Red­skins Na­tion. At this point, it’s un­clear whether even two of them will re­turn. Gar­con has said re­peat­edly that he’d like to stay in Wash­ing­ton, and Jack­son said the same Thurs­day.

“Big­gest thing I can say, I think my numbers and my pro­duc­tion on the field speaks for it­self,” he told Michael. “Ob­vi­ously I do want to still be here. Fam­ily, my house — I have ev­ery­thing here.”

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