After weeks of rumors and speculation, the Philadelphia Eagles have departed ways with Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson. According to a report by USA TODAY Sports on March 28, the Eagles released Jackson just days after it appeared that he was staying with the team.
The release will make Jackson a hot commodity on the free agent market. Teams like the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Carolina Panthers were reportedly interested in Jackson.
The Eagles announced Jackson’s release via Twitter, stating “after careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today.”
Why would the Eagles want to part ways with an offensive force like Jackson? It was reported that Jackson and head coach Chip Kelly did not get along, but Kelly addressed that at the NFL meetings in Orlando.
“I talked to DeSean and when you deal with situations like that it’s coach to player, player to coach. We had a good conversation. We’re always going to do what’s best for the football team. …I like DeSean. He did a really nice job for us.”
Another possible reason for Jackson’s release is his reported gang connections that were troubling the team.
In 2013 with the Philadelphia Eagles, DeSean Jackson had 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine TDs. It was his best season statistically as a pro.
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