Former Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (10) at practice for the 2014 Pro Bowl at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

DeSean Jackson Released By The Philadelphia Eagles


The Philadelphia Eagles have cut DeSean Jackson.

After six years, over 6,000 yards and 32 touchdowns, the 27-year old wide receiver  will no longer don the midnight green jersey.

The Eagles were reportedly shopping Jackson around for the past couple of weeks. It looks like they couldn’t find a trading partner – or as Jeff McLane says, they didn’t want to trade him to a team that didn’t know the whole story.

 

His release comes as a surprise to most, despite the speculation that wanted him being either traded or cut. You don’t see teams releasing their best wide receiver after his best season as a pro player. But after Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin signed new contracts and Philadelphia traded for Darren Sproles, Jackson wasn’t indispensable.

We do not know the reasons why the Eagles released DeSean Jackson. But according to Elliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, his association with street gangs might have something to do with that.

 

Jackson was, however, associated with Theron Shakir, one of the two men charged with the murder. Along with co-defendant Marques Binns, Shakir is a purported member of the Crips. In addition, Shakir, known as “T-Ron,” is a rapper who recorded for Jaccpot Records, a label owned by Jackson. The two were close enough that they appear together frequently in photographs — including pictures posted by Jackson to Instagram while Shakir sat in jail awaiting trial for the teen’s execution.

“You don’t want to see anybody throwing up gang signs like he did in the Redskins game last year,” Crosson said. “Those were neighborhood Crip gang signs and he flashed them during a game. He may not be affiliated with the gang, but they don’t [ordinarily] take kindly to those not in the gang throwing up those gang signs.”

The Eagles have not commented on the subject or on why Jackson was released, but Jeff McLane reported that they were not aware of these details:

 

On the other hand, a DeSean associate denied that the explosive wideout has ties with street gangs.

Regardless of the reasons why, the Philadelphia Eagles and DeSean Jackson have parted ways. It remains to be seen if the Eagles will draft a wide receier early to replace Jackson ore if they feel confident with the players they already have.

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