DeSean Jackson had the best statistical year of his career in 2013 and had two years remaining in his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. According to ESPN, not only did the Eagles release DeSean Jackson on March 28, but they made some pretty bold claims while doing so.
According to a statement by the Eagles, they chose to let him go and a source told ESPN that they chose to release him rather than trade him because they have some information about the young man's off-field connections that other teams may not be aware of.
According to NJ.com, the Eagles learned that Jackson might have ties to reputed Los Angeles street gang members who are alleged to have ties to two murders since 2010. The team allegedly felt these people had negative influences on Jackson's life.
There were also sources who said that a bad attitude, poor work ethic and a lack of chemistry with Eagles' coach Chip Kelly also led to the release.
One would hope that the allegations of gang ties would not come from the Eagles' organization, because without proof they could prove to be slanderous. Jackson himself released a statement where he thanked the Eagles organization, the city of Philadelphia and former coach Andy Reid, but then denied any gang ties whatsoever.
Andy Reid also spoke up in defense of Jackson, saying he has "nothing but good things to say about the kid."
With the news that the Eagles release DeSean Jackson, there are now a number of teams that might be interested. The Carolina Panthers have already shown interest and a reported six teams have already contacted Jackson's agent.