Closure is a difficult matter regardless of topic, habit, or relationship. DeSean Jackson was a Philadelphia Eagle that endeared himself to many in the fan-base through both his electric on-field capabilities and his unrelenting willingness to appease the fans. DeSean Jackson contributed to the success, and failure, of the Philadelphia Eagles and we as fans should always embrace the memories while expecting a better product every season. For as good as Jackson was, the big play ability was primarily the bread and butter of DeSean’s six year career here in Philadelphia. While DeSean Jackson doesn’t turn 28 years old until December, it’s difficult to imagine that a player that has already suffered multiple concussions as well as having formed a habit of having alligator arms will produce numbers that justify the contract recently shelved in Philadelphia. Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn endeared himself to a team and fan-base through similar production as well as celebratory mannerisms and left the Saints in a eerily similar fashion.
While DeSean Jackson has never come out and publicly said that his relationship with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly created the current situation, it’s painstakingly clear that somewhere along the line both Jackson and Kelly failed to see eye-to-eye and never were able to successfully mend the relationship. And while Joe Horn was on the down slope of his career at the time of his release, the Philadelphia Eagles are notoriously successful at releasing players immediately prior to the degradation of exceptional football abilities. Only time will tell whether DeSean Jackson can produce for the divisional rival Washington Redskins in a similar manner as in Philadelphia, but regardless he is no longer an Eagle. Fortunately, the NFL produces new and developing story-lines nearly every week that will eventually make the recent hot-button topic of DeSean Jackson a distant memory.
With regards to Jake Knott, the story of a backup linebacker being suspended for digesting incorrect supplements might be miniscule and irrelevant in the grand scheme of NFL news, but the jury is still deliberating the fate of Jake Knott’s roster security in Philadelphia. For DeSean Jackson, Chip Kelly ended up being judge, jury, and executioner of the young receiver’s tenure in midnight green. And just as quickly as I changed the subject from an undrafted rookie linebacker to the most polarizing wide receiver in Philadelphia in nearly ten years and then back to the original subject of conversation, the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL as a whole serve to show fans everywhere that at the end of the day, football at the professional level is a business. Contracts have opt-out clauses galore and career certainty is nearly non-existent. So as the off-season continues to churn along and new stories emerge regarding the actual players that are on the Philadelphia Eagles roster, hopefully all of us can finally move forward from DeSean Jackson’s release and gain closure. Quotations such as “If you’re not with us, you’re against us” or “Next Man Up” have become euphemisms for how cut-throat the NFL has become as a business, but again I must reiterate: The NFL is a business. Each respective team’s decision on how to impose discipline on the Jake Knotts and DeSean Jacksons of the NFL comes down to what’s best for business, nothing more and nothing less.