Former Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver Desean Jackson lead the team and was ninth in the league in receiving yards (82 catches/1332 yards/9 TDs) and was a great offensive threat. The Eagles came to a conclusion that the stats the 27-year old Jackson accumulated on the field wasn’t enough to overshadow the alleged problems off the field because Jackson was released by the Eagles on Friday, not long after reports came to light of his alleged gang ties.
They newly free agent wasn’t on the market long because Washington was his first stop and ended up being his last. Jackson was approached by Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall. The two made a hard recruiting pitch that attracted Desean so much that he signed a contract with the team Wednesday morning.
DeSean Jackson’s 3-yr deal with the Redskins is worth $24 million, including $16 million guaranteed, per @DarrenHeitner.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 2, 2014
Jackson spoke about the way his time in Philadelphia came to an end.
“It was a humbling experience for myself, me being at the peak of my career and doing some great things in this league,” Jackson said, via Philadelphia Magazine. “I’m very humble for me to be where I’m at and being able to be released like that. But at the same time, I feel moving forward is the best thing for me…Eventually, I think people will really understand and see the real DeSean Jackson, and not the painted picture that was put out on me.”
The way Jackson was released from the Eagles was so negligent and vile, it caught the attention of NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. He wanted to investigate whether or not the Eagles leaked misinformation to the media about Jackson’s alleged poor behavior.
Well Mr. Smith and the union won’t have to investigate any further. A source from the Eagles camp may have shed some light upon the situation and grabbed another mound of mud to throw in the process. The “source” told CBS Sports that the wide receiver was “a dressing room cancer in Philadelphia”.
The fact is, [Jackson] was a ‘me-guy’ with an attitude problem and [Maclin] is the complete opposite, a team guy, a great character guy you go to war with. Funny how [Jackson] has this anti-bully thing and he thought he could push [Kelly] around; he found out otherwise. His being cut had nothing to do with the gang stuff. The team knew it. Everyone knew he had ‘ties.’ Those were his guys. That’s okay. What put him out was his selfishness. He can try and spin it all he wants how he’s ‘a team player.’ He’s not. I’ll put it this way, when it came out last Friday that [Jackson] was released, more than a few guys were happy it happened. They said ‘good riddance.’ He had no real connection with anyone.
Yes, you can say he was the type that could catch three TDs in a loss—everyone would be down, but you had the impression he was happy, because he got his. It was all about him. A lot of guys thought that way about him. [Kelly] came in here with a plan to get this thing right, and the one major [obstacle] standing in his way was [Jackson]. If we were going to move forward as a team, he had to go. Think about it—did anyone come right out and back him publicly? Not one.
More info has surfaced that Jackson was wasn’t really liked by his Eagles teammates, was insubordinate, with temper tantrums and cussing out Kelly several times in front of the team.
We have to wait and see if more allegations come out to validate the latest news coming for the Eagles organization and if the release of Desean Jackson truly open his eyes and humbled him because he has a three-year contract with Washington and we all know who’s the diva on that team. He can test Robert Griffin III if he want, he will just be another statistic on a growing line of talented wide receivers who are in exile and stopped short of knowing what their full potential could have been.
Don’t repeat history Desean.