Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson said in a conference call Wednesday that picking the Redskins over the San Francisco 49ers in free agency was a "close call." Jackson played in college in the Bay Area at Cal.
Jackson, who played nearby the 49ers in college at Cal, said he had talks with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke before ultimately deciding to sign with Washington.
“It was a close call. Almost made a trip to come out there," Jackson said. "But Washington did what did to keep me here and did everything right. Coach Harbaugh and I played against each other, when he was at Stanford and I was at Cal. I respect him. It was a close call but I came here.
“Even though I was born and raised in California and would love to be and play there, it’s a better situation for me to be here now.”
After spending the first six seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, Jackson was surprisingly released by the team in the spring amid rumors of locker room issues. Shortly thereafter, Jackson signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the division rival Redskins.
Jackson played against Harbaugh when the latter coached at Stanford one time, in 2007. Jackson sat out the 20-13 Stanford win due to a bruised quadriceps.
Jackson has 40 receptions for 819 yards and four touchdowns this season. The Redskins and 49ers play each other Sunday, with Washington coming in at 3-7 and San Francisco at 6-4.
- Ben Estes