The Philadelphia Eagles announced Friday afternoon that they've release receiver DeSean Jackson. According to the Eagles, “After careful consideration over this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson,” the club said “The team informed him of his release today.”
Jackson responded with a press release that stated “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.”
Jackson, is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he caught 82 passes for 1332 yards and 9 TDs. The Eagles reportedly explored compensation from other teams around the league via trade, but Jackson’s outright release comes as a surprise to most Philadelphia fans.
There had been speculation that the move was related to some reports that insinuated that Jackson had been a poor player by showing up late for team meeting or by not appearing at all. There was also published reports that speculated that Jackson had “gang affiliations”. According to NJ.com “Jackson's name having come up in connection with two gang-related murders involving Crips”, a Detective Crosson of Los Angeles” but then said” police have no hard evidence that Jackson is a member of the gang,” The gang which was formed in the late 1960’s and has an estimated 35,000 members across the country. Crosson continued, he said “however, the Jackson routinely flashes Crip gang signs in photos on social media -- and even on television during an NFL game.” www.NJ.com
Jackson responded with this press release, “ 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.” www.bleacherreport.com
DeSean Jackson, is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he caught 82 passes for 1332 yards and 9 TDs. Whatever the reason, the Eagles will have to adjust their offense without him. The Eagles do have wide receivers with Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. Cooper in 2013 had 47 receptions for 835 yards with 8 touchdowns. www.nfl.com