It sounds like the Washington Redskins were pleasantly surprised when the Eagles released DeSean Jackson a couple of weeks ago.
“He got released by Philadelphia, and as soon as that happened, it was, ‘Wow,’ for us,” Gruden said Monday in an interview with The SiriusXM Blitz via CSNWashington.com. “Because obviously people around here have played against him a couple of times a year. Guys like that don’t come around very often and when they do, you have to do your due diligence, and you have to do whatever it takes to get the guy if you think he’s a fit. And we felt like he was a fit for us. So Bruce Allen [was] all systems go and made a play for him and [it] ended up working out to get him.”
Gruden said it was a challenged to keep Jackson from visiting other teams.
“That was tough,” Gruden said. “Bruce did some work. [Jackson’s] agent [Joel Segal] and [Allen], they went at it. I’m sure there was some talk about him going to [visit] other teams, [but] Bruce and DeSean’s agent hashed out a deal and DeSean agreed to it.”
Gruden said his players did a great job of recruiting Jackson.
“I think a lot of it had to do with the recruitment process with DeAngelo Hall and Robert Griffin,” Gruden said. “[They] did a nice job convincing him that D.C. was the place to be, and I think what he liked what he heard from the staff here also. When it was all said and done, I thought the financial package was fair for him, in his mind, and he was anxious to sign and move forward with his football career. And also [having] the opportunity to play the Eagles twice didn’t hurt any.”