The Redskins gave up a great deal to get their quarterback last week. This week they might go all out to get Robert Griffin III someone to throw to.
Vincent Jackson of the Chargers is the best free agent wide receiver on the market this year. The Chargers would like to sign him back but they are not confident that they will be able to do so. It appears that one particularly aggressive suitor might keep them from doing so, according to Kevin Acee, the Chargers beat writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“The Chargers’ seeming resignation that Jackson will go somewhere else could be due in part to their having long been aware of a team – thought to be the Redskins – that will do almost whatever it takes to get Jackson,” Acee wrote.
That “almost anything” includes a check with a lot of zeroes on it. The Redskins’ offer could top $12 million, a number “which has been floated by knowledgeable people”, according to Acee.
Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals is the highest-paid receiver in the game with average pay of just over $16 million per year from the eight-year, $128.5 million contract he signed last year. The Lions’ Calvin Johnson will receiver a base salary of $14 million this season plus a $4.5 million roster bonus.
Sometimes these numbers that get thrown around pre free agency turn out to have been significantly inflated, often thrown out by an agent hoping to increase his client’s payday. But it seems clear that it will take a pretty big check for the Redskins to get their man and that they are prepared to write one.