DeSean Jackson cut? Coming off his best NFL season and in the prime of his career? That is absolutely an insane thought. And now, it is reality.
The DeSean Saga is over. The Eagles released him today. Here is the official announcement.
After careful consideration during this off-season, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today.
Jackson, 27, was drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He recorded 356 catches for 6,117 yards in his six seasons with the team.
This NJ.com article will give you a good idea of part of the thinking. DeSean has made some poor choices when it comes to choosing friends for a while.
@lawlornfl he's been hanging with the wrong crowd since college….part of the reason he dropped almost a full round…
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) March 28, 2014
While DeSean hasn’t done anything illegal, he hangs out with some people that do get into serious trouble. I think teams are extra sensitive to that after the Aaron Hernandez case from last year. There is a huge difference in the situations. Hernandez was a troubled kid in high school and college. DeSean was not. He just chooses the wrong people to associate with. Part of Hernandez’s problem is that he never severed ties with the crowd he grew up with. That led to bad situations and eventually his crimes.
Jackson has no history of violence or anything like that. But he has hurt himself by not staying away from some of the people he grew up with. They were gang members and remain in that realm. Fair or not, this truly is guilt by association.
Many of you are furious with the Eagles for making this move, before anything bad actually happened. I get that and it is completely a fair criticism. But I also see things from the Eagles perspective. They weren’t thrilled with Jackson the person in the locker room. Mix in the outside stuff and you get an idea of why they decided to make the move.
Part of the problem with the outcome of this situation is that there’s no way for the Eagles to comment in a meaningful way. Neither Chip Kelly nor Howie Roseman is ever going to stand in front of a camera and read a laundry list of things that bothered and concerned the team. That leaves it open to speculation, which isn’t a good option either. There is no simple way to tidy up this situation and give everyone a sense of satisfaction, or at least some better understanding of why things played out the way they did.
Teams have begun calling DeSean, but I don’t know if he’ll sign a deal quickly. I would think any new team would want to do a thorough background check on the situation. I’ll be surprised if DeSean gets signed this weekend. I’m curious to see what kind of money he does eventually get. My guess is that he won’t get the kind of money he was already due, but it only takes one team to like you and there are some desperate teams. Maybe someone will break the bank for him.
One thing I’d love to know is how things changed between the 2012 offseason and now. The Eagles knew DeSean had some questionable friendships back then. Did Andy Reid push for the deal to get done? Did the team think DeSean might grow up with a big contract?
Andy Reid was more tolerant of bad behavior than most fans realize. Reid loved his players and tried to protect them as much as he could. I don’t yet have a feel for Kelly and his attitude. As to this decision, I am curious how much of it was Kelly and how much of it was others in the organization. DeSean does not feel like a Chip Kelly type of player, but at the same time, Kelly is an offensive coach that loves playmakers. DeSean can be a dynamic playmaker. I’m sure Kelly had a hand in this decision, but I don’t know if he was the one who got the ball rolling and pushed for the move to be made. We won’t know that story for a few years, most likely.
First I would like to thank the Eagles organization, the Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia for my time in Philly. I would also like to thank coach Andy Reed* for bringing me in.
Secondly, I would like to address the misleading and unfounded reports that my release has anything to do with any affiliation that has been speculated surrounding the company I keep off of the field. I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang. I am not a gang member and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible.
I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values. I am proud of the accomplishments that I have made both on and off the field. I have worked tirelessly to give back to my community and have a positive impact on those in need.
It is unfortunate that I now have to defend myself and my intentions. These reports are irresponsible and just not true . I look forward to working hard for my new team. God Bless.
The problem here is that DeSean is the one who keeps posting pictures of himself hanging out with known gang members and flashing gang signs. My guess is that part of the reason he does this is to have some street cred for when he’s trying to make it as a rapper and when pushing his rap label.
The frustrating part of that is that DeSean could make a lot more money with football than in the rap game. If he quit posting the Instagram photos, was more careful about his image and just focused on football, there is every reason to think DeSean would have c continued to make huge money from the Eagles, if not some other team. We’ll see how that goes now.
I really wish this situation hadn’t played out like this. The Eagles just cut their best receiver and he was in the prime of his career. To put it simply, that sucks. The Eagles will add a WR, or two, in the draft. They’ll still throw the ball well and score a lot of points. But I hate the fact that the team will have to shift resources from fixing the defense to helping the offense.
The only thing I am happy about…the speculation can stop. I didn’t want this outcome, but having the situation drag out another 4 to 6 weeks would have been maddening.