DeSean Jackson to Sign Contract with Raiders After Rams Release

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Three-time Pro Bowler, the Las Vegas Raiders have added DeSean Jackson to their offense. He told USA Today's Josina Andersen on Sunday that he was going to the team.

After the Los Angeles Rams announced the release of the 34-year old, they said they could not trade him before the Nov. 2 deadline.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that Jackson and the Rams "explored trade options" and that the wide receiver was open to the possibility of staying. He was able to look for another team to play with after Jackson's release.

Sean McVay, Rams head coach, stated that he believes that he is deserving of opportunities and that he has the right circumstances.

Los Angeles signed Jackson to an unpaid one-year contract before the 2021 campaign in the hopes that he would be a serious threat to Cooper Kupp or Robert Woods. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are better known for their underhanded routes as possession receivers.

Van Jefferson's arrival as the third receiver of the team meant that Van Jefferson was not able to play much. He had only eight catches for 221 yards in seven games and only one touchdown.

Jackson was once a top deep threat in the league, and was a second-round selection of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008.

He's played for the Eagles as well as Washington Football Team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Rams. His five-year record includes more than 1,000 yards receiving.

He is now in his 30s and has only appeared in three and five games in 2019, respectively, before he was unable to get a job in Los Angeles in 2021.

He might be able to regain some of his explosiveness with Raiders, while receiving passes from Derek Carr.

Las Vegas will be able to boast a unique combination of Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller catching passes on under routes, and Jackson trying to defend on deep routes.

The Raiders are currently 5-3 and ranked first in the AFC West. As they attempt to push for a playoff push in the final stretch of the season, they now have an addition with low risk and high reward who can provide aerial attack support.