The Curious Case of DeSean Jackson

Posted: March 28, 2014 in Eagles
The Eagles released three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson today, ending his six year tenure in Philadelphia.

The Eagles released three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson today, ending his six year tenure in Philadelphia.

 

The Eagles made quite a splash today, although not the kind of splash they wanted.

It was announced today that the Eagles released Pro Bowl – receiver DeSean Jackson after six seasons in Philadelphia.

Many fans were surprised with the move, as Jackson is coming off of his best season of his career.

Jackson, who was in the third year of a 5-year $51 Million contract, finished the 2013 season with 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and 9 touchdowns. He was also selected to his third Pro Bowl of his career.

Ultimately, as is the case with many other high-profile players who are released despite being among the best in the league at their respective position, it was his activities off of the field that led to the Eagles cutting ties with the 27-year old.

A story was published on NJ.com about two hours before news broke of Jackson’s release that talks about Jackson’s involvement with members of the Crips, one of the most infamous street gangs in Los Angeles, who were suspects in a 2010 murder. His name was also mentioned in connection to another gang-related murder that took place in 2012.

Although Jackson was nowhere near the crimes and has never faced any legal action because of it, the fact that he knew members of the gang was what many saw as the red flag. The fact is that the NFL does not have any more patience for this kind of stuff, especially after the murder trial of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Because of this, teams are not taking any chances either.

Now it’s not just “the Eagles released DeSean because he knows a guy who knows a guy.” Jackson was seen multiple times flashing a sign for the Crips during games after he scored a touchdown. It also is more than just that. There were issues during training camp and his attitude was sometimes off-putting to his teammates. Not to mention, he was asked not to come back to several Philadelphia night clubs not too long ago.

Apparently, the Eagles front office knew something the fans didn’t when they released him today.

So now that DeSean Jackson’s time has ended in Philadelphia, how will his Eagles tenure be remembered? Personally, I always respected his speed and talent. With the exception of Terrell Owens’ brief tenure, a top-notch receiver was hard to come by in Philadelphia.

That was until they drafted Cal wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Since his arrival, he has had defenses changing the way they play because of him.

However, the pros were not without the cons.

My biggest complaint I had about DeSean is that he did a little too much talking and had several lapses of judgement as far as taunting and things like that. For example, during a Sunday night game two years ago against the New York Giants, he returned a  punt to the 50 yard line, only to get flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting after tossing the ball at Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. The penalty negated the return and the Eagles started from deep in their own zone.

Things worked out that night as the Eagles went on to win that game, but DeSean Jackson was fined $10,000 for the unsportsmanlike penalty.

There were many times where I found myself saying “DeSean would be so much better if he would just shut up and play.” And to be honest, he would have been looked at differently if he let his play do the talking for him.

At any rate, the Eagles will move on from this and so will DeSean Jackson. After the news broke, there were already teams expressing interest in Jackson.

However, as more details emerge, it could be an interesting ending to The Curious Case of DeSean Jackson.

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