It is time for the Eagles to move forward. The media firestorm surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles’ release of wide receiver DeSean Jackson continues. New information, rumors, and leaks generate buzz on an almost daily basis. Did he have gang connections? Did he have problems being on time for team functions? Did he get along with his teammates? Did he get along with Head Coach Chip Kelly? What combination of these things, or even a single one, force the Eagles’ hand in cutting him rather than seeking a trade? At this point, who cares? For the sake of the team, it’s time to move on and set eyes on the NFL Draft next month.
Back when the story first broke, comparisons to the 2005 Terrell Owens saga immediately surfaced. But this was different. Jackson didn’t spend time doing crunches in his front yard with news camera focused on him. He didn’t call out his current quarterback (or question any previous quarterbacks). The situation surrounding “the release” was for the most part a sudden and direct action void of any fireworks. As more information came out, the real truth became, and is to this day, blurry. General Manager Howie Roseman, along with Kelly, made a decision that they believed (I hope) was in the best interest of moving the Birds forward. Any kind of distraction could jeopardize building on last season’s success.
It’s no secret that Philadelphia fans are a loyal and vocal bunch. It’s also very telling that no current Eagles’ have come out to publicly back Jackson. Save for one recent comment from an unnamed source, the team appeared to move on very quickly from the change. While it works well for filling news columns, blogs, and other online rumor mills, the time has come to move on. DeSean Jackson is now officially a wide receiver for the Washington Redskins. He is no longer a Philadelphia Eagle. Say what you will about his successes and failures. He is no longer with this team. For the sake of the team and their upcoming season, it’s time to move on.