The free agent catcher met with the team by zoom this Saturday, a source confirmed to ESPN
Free agent catcher DeSean Jackson to sign with Las Vegas Raidershe told NFL reporter Josina Anderson, before posting an airbrushed photo of himself in a white Raiders jersey on his Instagram page.
Jackson, who will turn 35 on Dec. 1, met with Raiders officials via Zoom on Saturday., a source confirmed to ESPN. Bally Sports was the first to report on the virtual meeting. The Raiders had no comment Sunday.
The deal comes on the heels of the Raiders’ lackluster 23-16 loss Sunday to the New York Giants., a game in which Las Vegas dominated on the stat sheet, but struggled mightily in the red zone and on turnovers. Quarterback Derek Carr threw two interceptions, including a pick-six, and was sacked within the Giants’ 20-yard line with less than a minute to play.
Also missing from the Raiders offense was a deep threat to keep the Giants defense at bay., a role previously held by catcher Henry Ruggs III.
Ruggs was cut Tuesday, hours after he was involved in a car accident in which 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her dog died, as well as injuring himself and his girlfriend during the early hours of Tuesday.. The accident left Ruggs, who, according to prosecutors, was driving at a speed of 251 km / hour, facing a felony driving under the influence of alcohol that resulted in death and reckless driving charges that could lead to 46 years in prison. .
Jackson, a 2008 Philadelphia Eagles second-round draft pick from Cal, played for the Los Angeles Rams this season before asking for and getting his release last week.
In seven games, without starts, he caught eight passes for 221 yards, averaging 27.6 yards per reception, with one touchdown.
The three-time Pro Bowler had his best season in 2013, when he had career-highs in receptions (82), receiving yards (1,332) and touchdowns (9). He also led the NFL in average yards per catch four different times: 2010 with Philadelphia (22.5), 2014 with Washington (20.9), 2016 with Washington (17.9) and 2018 with Tampa Bay (18.9).