The Philadelphia Eagles: the bombshell droppers this week. They actually did it and I was dead wrong. I thought the media was just digging and grinding, finding any grain of sand on the Philadelphia Eagles and trying to create a beach out of it. I am actually flabbergasted, like many other people out here. As noted, I was never a big-time DeSean Jackson fan. But I am a fan of good business. Far be it from me to question the front office of the Eagles but I am scratching my head at this move. The Eagles essentially gets nothing from simply releasing DeSean Jackson. Now it is being reported that he may visit the Washington Redskins Monday? Sheesh. Then again, oh well. Bring it on. You see, I am an Eagles fan first and then a fan of football. Jackson may or may not be involved with thugs, hooligans, and crime as some “sources” are speculating. I’m not really sure. Although I’m sitting with the rest of the NFL with confusion on this situation, I am certain that Jackson signing within the NFC East would be career suicide. I may not understand the front office moves but I do trust them. I trust that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is still Chip Kelly – the guy who took the little talent the previous head coach had and won the division with it.
Supposedly, Jackson’s release was the result of gang affiliations and character flaws. He has a somewhat lengthy list of not-so-good incidents the public already know about. The televised, heated argument with the wide receivers coach comes to mind. The blatant lack of effort he played with in 2011 because of a wanting of more money. Then the mentioning of more money immediately following last season’s playoff lost to the New Orleans Saints. Late practice attendants, suspect friends, etc. Only the Eagles know why they gave him his walking papers.
The pettiest part for me is that the media won! I know it sounds silly, but the media actually won. I was hoping they were ill advised and dead wrong about all the DeSean Jackson speculation. I tell you one thing, the recent rumor of Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Evan Mathis possibly being traded is no longer seen as a long shot. It very well may happen. Heck, they can say that Chip Kelly may be thinking about joining the Patriots, and although I may quickly disagree, in the back of my mind I would not know what to think.
It would not be the first time the Eagles threw the NFL a curveball.