Eagles release Jackson, reportedly due to gang ties

In recent days and weeks, it had become apparent that the Eagles would be ridding themselves of wideout DeSean Jackson, whether by trade or release.

It was a puzzling development, given that Jackson is coming off the most prolific of his six pro seasons, and had thrived in Chip Kelly's offense.

But on Friday, NJ.com reported that the team had concerns about Jackson's apparent gang ties, specifically his association with men implicated in gang-related murders.

Within hours of that report, Philly had released their former second-rounder outright.

Also on Friday, police in Philadelphia suspiciously revised the amount of cash said to have been stolen from Jackson's home in a January incident, all the way down from $200K to $20K. 

Of course, the Eagles are putting out word that the move was more about "work ethic and attitude," rather than these worrisome allegations.

Jackson's former teammates weren't particularly disappointed by his departure.

For his part, Jackson issued a statement denying any current or prior gang involvement.

Where might the electric receiver and punt returner end up?

Kansas City is a natural fit, given the presence of former Eagles coach Andy Reid, and the Chiefs' glaring lack of offensive weapons.

Word is that the Chiefs are among the teams already pursuing Jackson.

Carolina coach Ron Rivera says his team is also interested.

Jets owner Woody Johnson had already done the same, well before Jackson's release. More recent reports suggest the same.


Jackson was set to make $10.75M this season; his release saves Philly ~$6M but leaves them with about $6.25M in dead money.

Don Banks says Chip Kelly was never a big fan of Jackson's.

Jason Lisk adds Oakland, Buffalo, and Seattle as sensible destinations.

Steve Corkran sees a natural fit for the Raiders. That joke is just too easy, right?

Dan Wetzel says the Eagles should be upfront about their reason for cutting Jackson.

Obviously, PFT Commenter saw this coming from miles away.

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