In a series of latest moves, the Philadelphia Eagles have released Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson. In other news, the Eagles have signed former New York Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. Sounds really weird, right? That is the state in which our beloved team currently resides.
Early Friday morning it was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Eagles were going to part ways with their prolific receiver DeSean Jackson. Much disdain for Eagles fans alike, the shock may not have been as harrowing as usual considering everything that has been reported as of late. According to Elliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, Jackson’s association with street gangs proved to be too harmful to the betterment of an Eagles squad that made great strides during the 2013 season. Jackson has since refuted these allegations and sent a farewell letter the Eagles organization and to the Philly fan base.
After six seasons with the organization who acquired Jackson in the second round of the NFL draft, the Eagles must figure out a way to replace over 6,000 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns. Ever since the Eagles hired head coach Chip Kelly to run the team a little over 14 months ago, I have always had the mindset of “In Chip We Trust.” However, the decision to release the speedy Jackson has made me downright mad. How does a team release production like that? Only time will tell whether the Eagles made the right decision. As it stands now it appears they have not.
Also happening on Friday the Eagles reportedly agreed to terms with former New York Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Eagles backup quarterback situation was in shambles before the signing. At first glance, I was very skeptical about signing a quarterback that appeared on the decline from within the bounds of a moribund organization. After further research and remembering what I witnessed watching the 2013 version of the Philadelphia Eagles, the organization could have possibly made a worse choice than Sanchez.
The Eagles have had success during the very short Kelly era and there is no reason to doubt its continuance. However, the release of the Eagles’ star wide out is shocking. I still have not come to terms with it and do not know if I ever will. Fans, including myself, have to realize that NFL teams will generally do what is best for the team. If that means getting rid of your biggest offensive weapon, so be it.
Chip Kelly has now made his boldest move as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Time will tell whether or not it was a smart move.