Eagles score decisive victory in PR battle with Jackson

Good Morning, Broncos fans! DeSean Jackson's controversial divorce from the Eagles took a few more twists on Friday.

NFLPA head De Smith says the union plans to investigate whether the team smeared Jackson by leaking the info contained in a notorious NJ.com report that preceded his release.

In an interview with ESPN, Jackson said that he's never been in a gang.

But if he was looking to emphatically defend his public image, calling the NJ.com report disrespectful rather than, say, untrue, or an exaggeration, probably won't suffice.

This line won't help either:

I've always felt I've wanted to do things the right way.

Meanwhile, the Eagles appear to have landed the PR knockout blow with the following from CBS Philly:

But what a number of sources close to and around the team, including current and former players, as well as additional sources within the Eagles revealed was that Jackson was not very well liked by his teammates, was blatantly insubordinate, with temper tantrums cussing out Kelly several times in front of the team, pushed the NFL rookie coach the way “a child would test boundaries,” and was more concerned with his rap label than he was about winning football games.

It's quite a collection of damning (anonymous) quotes.

Yet, even if it's all true, one still has to wonder why Philly waited until several weeks after it had made its big free agent moves to cut Jackson. After all, it's not like they were waiting to replace him on the roster before releasing him.

Finally, it doesn't figure to be long before word gets out that Jackson has leverage over his coaches in Washington, thanks to a relationship with Daniel Snyder.

Broncos

Jeff Legwold closes the book on Champ Bailey's departure and babbles on about John Fox's new contract.

With David Letterman having announced his retirement, here's a look at his 1997 interview with one Peyton Manning.

News

Tampa Bay traded WR Mike Williams to Buffalo, added safety Major Wright, and is expected to sign WR Lavelle Hawkins.

Baltimore re-signed DT Terrence Cody and added RB Justin Forsett; the Giants added TE Kellen Davis; Washington re-signed LB Rob Jackson.

Analysis

Will Brinson and Chris Burke discuss landing spots for Chris Johnson; Burke suggests Denver as an option, but we're not seeing it.

Jason Fitzgerald rifles through leftover defensive free agents.

Scott Kacsmar thinks the so-called four-minute offense is a waste of time.

Chase Stuart invites trivial pursuits of Jerry Rice-related facts.

We were premature in applauding Boomer Esiason's apology for his c-section comments, as he was clearly put up to it, given his earlier protestations. Asshole.

Draft

Greg Gabriel scouts Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater and wraps up the past week's pro days.

Doug Farrar ranks his top ten running back prospects.

Robert Mays sees some Steve Atwater and Brian Dawkins in Louisville safety Calvin Pryor.

Bucky Brooks discusses prospects worth trading up for in the draft, and considers best fits for UNC tight end Eric Ebron.

Burke continues SI's countdown with five more draft prospects, including Clemson corner Bashaud Breeland.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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