Barry Cofield "excited" by DeSean Jackson addition

Defensive tackle Barry Cofield #96 of the Washington Redskins takes the field before playing the Arizona Cardinals at FedExField on September 18, 2011
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Washington Redskins team captain Barry Cofield is excited by the addition of DeSean Jackson to the roster despite concerns over his off-field attitude.

Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield has expressed his excitement at the team's decision to sign wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Jackson was controversially released by the Philadelphia Eagles last month after reports emerged linking him to a Los Angeles gang and calling his attitude off the field into question.

The 27-year-old was quickly snapped up by the Redskins, and Cofield was the latest team captain to lend his backing to the move after Robert Griffin III and DeAngelo Hall had already defended Jackson.

"A guy I absolutely hated playing against for eight years and a guy that hurt my teams countless times. So I was very excited getting him," Cofield told reporters.

Jackson enjoyed arguably the best season of his career last year, making 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.

NFL player DeSean Jackson attends The 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17, 2013
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