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WR DeSean Jackson Released By Eagles


The Philadelphia Eagles parted ways Friday with wide receiver DeSean Jackson after attempts to traded him reportedly failed.

It was only a matter of time before the divorce between the Eagles and Jackson took place and several speculate that the receiver’s ties to gangs might be the primary reason he was jettisoned.

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is trying to change the culture in Philadelphia and reportedly didn’t see eye to eye with the team’s leading receiver from last season.

Jackson, who caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns last season, is now a free agent and thus free to sign with any team.

One of those teams will not be the Pittsburgh Steelers as not only do they not need the problems associated with Jackson, they can’t afford him to boot.

By releasing Jackson, the Eagles will save $6.5 million in cap space. Jackson was scheduled to earn a $10.5 million base salary in 2014 prior to his Friday release.

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  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    I get it. This is a huge character red flag, and maybe worse. I mean, given what NFL teams generally put up with from players (and especially star players), this must have been — and must be — a significant problem. But still… wow. It’s not every day a player of this calibre just ends up being dumped in such a manner.

    (Surely he’ll be in a Raiders uniform soon, right?)

  • 20Stoney

    They said on the radio that he’s rumored to be mixed up in gang related murder somehow. You’re right. Raider.

  • steeltown

    Ive always looked at A.Brown and DJax as very comparable, skillset wise of course.. both smaller fast receivers that also excel at returning kicks, obviously we have the better of the two and for far less money and headache

  • T R

    I would say he would go to the Carolina Panthers. But dont think they can afford him. I would say the team would be the Oakland Raiders as they could afford him and plus the West Coast gangs would not allow him to be affliated any longer with the East coast game.. they distance between him and his gangs would be to far to affect him.
    Plus who care is Desean attends raiders meetings. LOL

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Dark horse to sign him…NE Patriots.

  • Ike Evans

    Lol…this thing might be overblown man….there are picture galleries of him throwing up crip signs and what they’re suppose to mean and most of them I’m thinking…that’s not what that sign is….. so idk…I can’t tell if this kid is actually a knucklehead like everyone is saying or if he’s just normally hood and its being overblown…I wanna lean towards knucklehead but if these reporters aren’t even getting the gang signs right its like what else is also coming out wrong?

  • itsgonnalast

    Wow, you predicted this correctly on the podcast yesterday!

  • T R

    yea i know.. i done threw up them signs with my fingers in pics many times and hell i didnt know they was gang signs… i hope he to smart for that.

  • T R

    he would be a beast in NE… dont could Belichick out.. he good for saying he will tame a beast…

  • joed32

    Why not the Bengals?

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Wait if it is murder then it’s ravens, but if it’s gang related murder it’s the patriots (i.e Hernandez)

  • John A Stewart

    And Riley Cooper got a pay raise wow lol.

  • Jay Jaber

    We don’t need another Aaron Hernandez in this league. I really just don’t get it your getting paid millions a season why the hell do u wanna be involved with gangs. Just for this I hope he never gets signed just to teach this ungrateful little shit a lesson

  • Douglas Andrews

    Steelers definitely can’t afford him. I’m not sure where all the gang rumours got started but he admittedly denied it on Espn and after watching his career at Cal and in the NFL he sounds believable. I figured he’d be released due to his salary. He’s a talent for sure and possibly there are a lot of off the field or locker room issues that we don’t know about. I He’s always struck me as a good competitive kid immature at times but he’s gonna be a weapon for his next team.

  • Bill Molinaro

    I wouldn’t bet this is all ‘gang related’. Jackson wanted guaranteed money and the Birds did not want to do that in these cap limited times. Several seasons ago Jackson wanted a new contract and didn’t get it. That year it was obvious he was only going through the motions as a receiver; I guess the Eagles didn’t want to go through that again. The wise take a wide berth around this guy.

  • 20Stoney

    Can’t believe the Patriots would be interested coming off of the Aaron Hernandez thing.

  • steeltown

    He was offered and signed a new contract back in 2012, he agreed to the terms of the deal, now after having a good year he wants more…that shit drives me crazy…he was making $10MIL per season but it wasn’t enough. He’s never scored more than 9TDs in a single season and this past year was the first time he played all 16games since his rookie season… madness

  • Douglas Andrews

    Comparable in size yes in speed no Jackson is a burner while AB’s game is mostly based on quickness. The stats show D Jackson is clearly the better player. We got the better character team guy no argument there and while AB is a pretty complete player he’s not D Jackson.

  • steeltown

    Not so fast, lets compare the stats after A.Brown has served 6seasons in the League like DJax has..barring injury AB should surpass his TD and reception numbers, the receiving yds will be tough to beat but it’s also not out of the question… I stand by my opinion, but time will tell

  • Steelers12328882

    I wanted the Steelers to draft this guy in the 1st rd in 2008 so bad, but we took Mendenhall instead. When he dropped in to rd. 2 I wanted the Steelers to trade up, but we stayed put and drafted Limas Sweed instead lol. DeSean went 4 picks ahead of us.

  • Bradys_Dad

    We’ve already had our Santonios and Plaxicos. Nuff said.

  • Douglas Andrews

    AB would have to put up 2 more seasons of numbers like he did in 2013. I’d be happy as a Steelers fan but that’s gonna be pretty tough. My opinion is Jackson is the better player overall and a knucklehead at times too but time will tell AB is no slouch i wish we had 4 receivers like em.

  • steeltown

    He’ll need 95rec and 17 TDs over the next 2yrs… that’s 47.5 receptions and 8.5TDs per season, that’s doable as long as he stays healthy.. the receiving yds will be tough
    funny thing is if it wasn’t for DJax 17.2 avg yds per catch it would be a lot closer because AB has a much better reception percentage

  • T R

    We got Blount.. Woohoo

  • srdan

    My cousin just texted me that Djax is under investigation for staging the robbery at his house and the eagles found out. We shall see….

  • Milliken Steeler

    Come off the Soap Box John will ya? Riley Cooper expressed nothing but remorse for his comments and had to play with those team mates who have stated they forgave him.

    Shall we hang him up by his testicles with a YOU NEVER WILL BE FORGIVEN sign around his neck?

    Are you even comparing what he did to what the Eagles are concerned about in Jackson? smh

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I still think it could happen. Belicheat will do just about anything to win. He will probably structure it with all money guaranteed in the first year so if he goes nuts he can cut him. He would do great things with Brady, cause the kid has talent.

  • Steve

    Steelers let Santonio Holmes go pretty cheaply. Your probably right about Jackson being in Oakland soon.

  • Steve

    NE would have to “Tame” Jackson and teach him their way, which would be hard for him to do.

  • Virdin Barzey

    I agree to a degree. I think AB is the better all around receiver but he is not a burner like D.Jackson. I’m not ready to give DJ the better player. He’s clearly the faster player but I think AB has a chance to surpass this guy because I think AB is the smarter player.

  • Douglas Andrews

    D Jackson n D Revis are two of the same with their me me attitude. Selfish guys who are all about being the highest paid players even if it tears a team apart.

  • Kareem Daniels

    Read the article. His gang affiliation is he knows someone in a gang. He grew up in Long Beach. The police and prosecutors said he had nothing to do with either case. The guy who was tried was acquitted. The article scared the Eagles.

  • John A Stewart

    Hey tough guy Michael Vick did two years in jail and they still want to hang him.You actually believe its gang related that they cut Jackson bs its about money.

  • PA2AK

    only WR to ever record 5 catches for 50 yards in every game of the regular season is an ‘all around’ record not had by Jackson.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Now I’m tough guy because you got called out? Michael Vick killed a few things for profit didn’t he? Riley said something and apologized since and….his team mates believe him and forgave him. Who are you to be the judge and jury?

    You don’t know why they cut him and i think your crystal ball is a bit foggy.

    Your comparison is Apples to Oranges and Ill call out comments like that every time.

  • PA2AK

    also first player in NFL history to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving and in return yards in the same season. his very young career can only be overshadowed by his potential. his attitude and work ethic aren’t even on the same planet as Jacksons.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    One of my best buddies just told me he heard that he is a Crip and we were speculating that he may be functioning as a pipeline into the players in the league for coke. It makes sense, I mean what else could he do for them? I can’t think of any way else that they could utilize his services given his fame.

  • 20Stoney

    Maybe they would, but it would still be a PR nightmare if he got caught up in something serious. Will be interesting to see how it all unfolds.

  • 20Stoney

    I agree with you, but you KNOW somebody is going to be after him, if not multiple somebodies. It’s the whole talent trumps everything else thing.

  • John A Stewart

    Yeah right your crystal ball said they all forgave him lol

  • Milliken Steeler

    They (team mates) said it John not me. I’m only going off of what they have openly said.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Jackson at this point is no closer to a murderer than Pouncey is. The reality is if MOST people knew or were properly educated about gangs, the anger and inevitable uptick in violence would be crazy. The backlash would be crazy. Ignorant white people are constantly posting pictures of themselves unknowingly flashing gang signs and are too dumb to know they are doing it or what it means.

  • John A Stewart

    Really? If you think, now listen to me clearly, that “ALL” the (team mates) forgave him, either your crystal ball is cracked or you bumped your head!

  • Milliken Steeler

    It doesn’t matter if all, the ones that didn’t its their problem. He apologized for a verbal mistake.

    So now one more time, you listen. Apples to Oranges. That is your comparison.

  • John A Stewart

    It’s a team sport got to bed sweet dreams goodnight.

  • Milliken Steeler

    and the team went to the playoffs coming off a horrible record correct? Time to get over it.

  • Axe Skot

    Time will tell who the better player is.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Polar opposites if were just talking about attitude and work ethic. AB is going to be a great player he had a breakout season last year as a #1 WR. I love my Steelers but i give credit where credit is due and D Jackson is a damn good player. Would I want him over AB on my team i’d have to say NO because of his attitude and immaturity issues.

  • Douglas Andrews

    If D Jack had a better attitude and work ethic it wouldn’t be close but i agree with you time will tell.

  • Douglas Andrews

    AB is the better character team player and that will make the difference in the long run.

  • PA2AK

    Absolutely agree. Not trying to take away from Jackson either…AB is a complete player.

  • PA2AK

    NE does have a pretty good track record handling ‘problem’ players.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I have to agree with you there. And please note how everywhere Revis goes, he ends up losing. Looks good on him.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Now this makes sense. It sounded rather stupid when I first heard about that robbery. I thought to myself, “Come on, man!” As far as gang stuff, I doubt it. He just may know someone that hooks him up with some porn stars, supposedly. Now that would make sense.

  • steeltown

    DJax is a great player, no doubt, Im not trying to discard that. Ha I guess im just holding AB in a higher light, probably being somewhat bias

  • Steve

    If they can Tame TO, they can tame anyone, else Kraft will kick Jackson to the curb.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Good point! Both these guys sign big contracts and within a year or two that same contract money isn’t good enough. I’m all for these guys getting paid but if you sign the contract then you ought to play it out.

  • John A Stewart

    Time to get over it lol you want let us

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