The release sent out by the Eagles landed in reporters’ inboxes at 12:40 p.m. Friday and contained 25 words:
“After careful consideration over this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today.”
So far, that is the only on-the-record explanation the team has provided for letting go of a 27-year-old wide receiver who caught 82 balls for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013.
The decision to part ways with Jackson came 35 minutes after NJ.com published a report about the wide receiver’s connection to Los Angeles-area gang members. The timing on the Eagles’ part was calculated. They became aware of the report two days earlier. They also knew that announcing Jackson’s release shortly after the report was published would soften the public backlash of getting rid of one of the team’s most productive offensive players. Read more »
We’ll use this space to tie up some odds and ends with DeSean Jackson.
Check back for noteworthy Tweets, links, etc. Here is our main story on Jackson being released. And here is Jackson’s official statement. Read more »
DeSean Jackson’s camp has released a statement on the wide receiver’s behalf. Read more »
The Eagles announced today that they have released wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Read more »
When Jeremy Maclin signed a one-year deal with the Eagles last month, the consensus was that he’d be joining a a wide receiver group that included DeSean Jackson.
Given the numbers on Jackson’s contract and the fact that he had a career year in 2013, it seemed fair to label him the No. 1 guy. But with Jackson’s status still up in the air, the possibility exists that Maclin will be called on to carry the load in 2014. Read more »
Before Thursday night, only a couple teammates had voiced their opinions publicly about DeSean Jackson and his future with the team.
Mychal Kendricks backed Jackson during an interview with NFL.com. And Michael Vick, a former teammate of Jackson’s, told a New York TV station that change might be good for the wide receiver.
But as several Eagles strolled in to Todd Herremans’ Hoops 4 Help fundraiser, they knew what the topic of discussion was going to be when approached by a small group of reporters.
None could come up with a clear explanation for why the Eagles would be looking to move Jackson, but the general sentiment seemed to be that they would move forward with whatever decision the organization settled on. Read more »
Mark Sanchez was in town today to get checked out by Eagles doctors.
And apparently, the team was pleased with what it saw. Sanchez and the Eagles have agreed to terms, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, who reports that the veteran QB will officially sign today. Read more »
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and team president Don Smolenski were on the same flight out of Orlando yesterday, both headed back home to Philadelphia.
Chip Kelly, however, said he was going on the road. And it looks like he’ll be attending yet another Pro Day: Read more »
We spent the first part of this week at the owners’ meetings in Orlando, Fla. discussing various football-related topics with Chip Kelly, Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie, among others.
Now that we’re back in Philadelphia and have had some time to reflect on what went down, here are some takeaways. Read more »
We’ll continue to pass along tidbits from our session with Chip Kelly the rest of the week, but for now, here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles: Read more »