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SOAND OAKS, CA. — Wide receiver DeSean Jackson hit a three by signing a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams in free agency.
Jackson not only returns to Los Angeles, where he grew up in the Crenshaw neighborhood, but he is reunited with coach Sean McVay, who was his offensive coordinator for three seasons in Washington, and will play a key role on a team that is expected to compete for the Super Bowl.
I look at it the same way when LeBron came back to Cleveland and won a championship in Cleveland, Ohio, that’s why I’m here, Jackson said Friday in an introductory video conference. That’s all I care about.
Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, noted that this is his 14th season. The NFL season doesn’t care about personal accolades anymore. He recorded the most touchdowns of 60+ yards (24) in NFL history and ranks sixth all-time in yards per reception (17.4).
At this point in my career, all I care about is winning, said Jackson, who has made it to the postseason six times and the playoffs eight times, including the NFC Championship Game in 2008.
In four seasons under McVay, the Rams have made three playoffs, won two division championships and one conference championship.
After a 10-6 season and a defeat in the playoffs against the Green Bay Packers, the 2020 Rams return three-time NFL Defensive Cornerback of the Year Aaron Donald and All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the NFL’s best defensive team.
Offensively, the Rams took a big step this month by acquiring quarterback Matthew Stafford, who will lead a unit that includes receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, tight end Tyler Higbee, running back Cam Akers and now Jackson.
Being part of a team that can score in late December, January and of course in February when the Super Bowl is coming up is the No. 1 goal for me, said Jackson, who turns 34 in December.
It’s still unclear whether NFL teams will be allowed to run a personal offseason program because of coronavirus restrictions, but Jackson said he has spoken with Stafford and the two teams, who plan to hold joint workouts.
This guy is an animal, his hand is not of this world, Jackson said. So I’m looking forward to… Good: Dude, just, I’ll run far, you throw far and hopefully we can beat everyone. Jackson, who spent most of the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles on the bench because of injuries, said he has other options in free agency but stressed his desire to get back together with McVay, whose offense he thrived in Washington.
It was very intriguing for me to come back and find someone who really knows me, said Jackson, who had 1,000-plus yard seasons with McVay in 2014 and 2016. So I guess it will be (again) because he knows me. He knows how to use me and he will put me in a better position to win.