When it was announced that the Los Angeles Rams were signing DeSean Jackson, it was expected to be a modest contract by today’s standards. Maybe at most he’d get the same $3.5 million that A.J. Green got from the Arizona Cardinals, or the $3 million that the Detroit Lions gave to Tyrell Wlliams, or the $1.8 million that John Ross signed for with the New York Giants.
On Thursday, Mike Garafolo reported that the Rams gave Jackson a one-year contract with a base value of $4.5 million and incentives that could take it up to $6.25 million.
If DeSean Jackson hadn’t been injured last year and was productive enough to rank in the top-70 of receiving yards, he would have been the oldest player in that group at age 34. Only Emmanuel Sanders even comes within a year of him.
DeSean Jackson’s one-year deal with the #Rams, which he signed today: $4.5 million base value with incentives that can take it up to $6.25 million. In this market, for a 34-year-old receiver who’s been banged up the last two years, that’s good coin.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 25, 2021
Jackson has played in eight games over the last two years, catching 23 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Garafolo did not report how much of the deal was guaranteed. Jackson is set to take in almost as much cash in 2021 as Marvin Jones, Matthew Stafford’s former Lions teammate who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on a two-year deal. Jones’s 2021 cap hit is $4.2 million.