NFL notebook: WR DeSean Jackson closes deal with Redskins
The contrast couldn't have been greater for DeSean Jackson.
In a matter of days, he went from unwanted to wanted, from fired to hired, from discarded by the Eagles with reputation tarnished to rock star treatment and a new fat contract from the Redskins.
Concerns about work ethic, attitude and reports about gang activity seemed miles away when he was being wooed by Robert Griffin III or enjoying his recruiting-style evening out with cornerback DeAngelo Hall, receiver Pierre Garcon and rapper Wale.
On Wednesday, Jackson closed the deal, signing a three-year, $24 million contract that includes $16 million guaranteed.
“I feel they embraced me,” Jackson said. “RG3, DeAngelo Hall reached out to me and made it feel like it was home. After everything that was going on the past couple of days, and the last week, that's a big step. ... I think the biggest thing about this move is finding a place where I can be happy and go out there and just be myself.”
The Redskins are getting a three-time Pro Bowl receiver with speed, someone who single-handedly can change a defense's approach. He set career highs with 82 catches for 1,332 yards last year for the NFC East champion Eagles.
Clowney dazzles at pro day
Jadeveon Clowney believes he should the NFL's No. 1 draft pick and said he took a big step toward that goal during South Carolina's pro day workouts.
The 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive end did position drills in front of dozens of NFL personnel, including Texans coach Bill O'Brien and Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. And Clowney thinks he elevated his already elite status during the 40 minutes or so of running through cones, jumping over hurdles and catching tennis balls in workouts he passed on at the NFL Combine in February.
“Yes, I do feel like I should be the first pick,” Clowney said after the session.
Clowney did not lift weights or run the 40-yard dash, standing on his combine showings when he did 21 reps at 225 pounds and clocked a 4.53-second time.
There were 30 of 32 NFL teams represented with Tennessee and Cleveland opting to pass on South Carolina's pro day.
“I thought he had a good day,” said O'Brien, the former Penn State coach in his first year with the Texans. “He worked hard and did a bunch of different drills, which was good to see.”
Giants ink former Broncos DE Ayers
The Giants signed former Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers.
Ayers' addition makes him the 13th veteran the team has signed since free agency started.
Ayers had a career-high 51⁄2 sacks last season for the AFC champion Broncos.
Lions turn to familiar face at backup QB
The Lions brought back quarterback Dan Orlovsky on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports.
The 30-year-old Orlovsky could replace Shaun Hill as the backup to Matthew Stafford. Orlovsky made seven starts in four seasons with Detroit (2005-08), all in the team's 0-16 season of 2008.
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