Philadelphia Eagles announce team has informed DeSean Jackson of his release
In a brief tweet via the team’s official Twitter account, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been informed that he has been released by the team.
After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson,” the tweet reads. “The team informed him of his release today.”
The Eagles reportedly were attempting to trade the problematic wide receiver but apparently were unable to find an interested party willing to make a deal.
On Thursday, NJ.com reported that the Eagles were becoming increasingly concerned with Jackson’s rumored affiliation with gangs.
Now the Eagles have even more serious concerns — Jackson’s continued association with reputed Los Angeles street gang members who have been connected to two homicides since 2010.
Ever since New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with first-degree murder last summer, NFL franchises have been reevaluating how closely they needed to watch their players away from the field. And what Eagles executives see in Jackson, a six-year veteran, is apparently a potential blight on the brand and a bad influence in the locker room.
As a source within the Eagles organization, who requested anonymity, put it: “They are concerned about having him around the younger players.”
The 27-year-old Jackson is coming off a great season — 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns — but sources say bad chemistry with head coach Chip Kelly, a poor work ethic that involved missed team meetings and the aforementioned troubling off-the-field behavior clearly proved too much for the Eagles, and the team decided it was best to move on from the reported headaches.
Earlier this week, Jackson posted a photograph to his Instragram account showing the receiver firing off rounds with a handgun at a shooting range. How much that played into the Eagles’ decision is unknown, but given his questionable and concerning off-the-field activities, it probably didn’t help.
NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports on Twitter that the Eagles will carry $6 million in “dead money” after cutting Jackson but have freed up $6.75 million in cap space for 2014.
The only question that remains is which NFL team will be willing to assume the risk and take a flier on a player, despite his immense talent, arguably can be considered damaged goods.