On Friday, Eagles fans everywhere were devastated to hear the news that wide receiver DeSean Jackson, was released from the team. Jackson is known as one of the most electrifying players in club history. The Eagles’ decision to cut ties occurred after the team received information about Jackson’s off-field connections and activities. The team issued the following statement “After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today”. Jackson’s departure came shortly after The Newark Star-Ledger published a story on Friday, that alleged he was affiliated with a gang in Los Angeles, CA.
Jackson responded to these allegations. He stated “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.” After he was released, Jackson issued a statement, thanking the Eagles organization, the Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia for the opportunity and his time spent in Philly.
Jackson was due to make $10.5 million in 2014 and was owed $30.5 million over the remainder of his contract, but none of that money was guaranteed. When the Eagles former coach, Andy Reid, was questioned about his feelings regarding the allegations made against Jackson, he responded “I have nothing but good things to say about the kid. I did draft him. I had a great relationship with him. When his father passed away, that was a hard thing for him to go through at a young age. They were best friends. I’ve experienced life things with him, so I would tell you he was great for me when I was there”.
There were rumors that six teams have already reached out to Jackson’s agent. One of the teams being the Caroline Panthers. Unfortunately, those rumors were dismissed when sources told ESPN.com’s, David Newton, that the Panthers aren’t interested in Jackson for many reasons. Allegedly, there were signs earlier in the season that the Eagles were looking to move on from Jackson. According to reliable sources, “The team moved quickly in free agency to complete new deals with wide receivers Jeremy Maclin, coming off a torn ACL, and Riley Cooper”.