Eagles Release Desean Jackson: Points To Ponder

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After weeks of reports and speculation, the Eagles released star wide out Desean Jackson this afternoon. Jackson is coming off a season where he caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. He was due to make around $10 million this season and a little over $12 million the following two seasons.

Recent reports from nj.com have also caused quite the stir this morning, citing that Jackson may be “gang affiliated.” Here are my points to ponder in regards to the Jets possibly bringing in Desean Jackson…

1) There may be more to the story:

The Eagles just released their best wide receiver coming off of a career year at age 27. Instead, they re-signed Jeremy Maclin coming off a torn ACL and Riley Cooper who has had his fair share of troubles off the field in the past year.

Let that sink in for a moment, they let their best wide receiver in his prime walk away without any compensation. They are opting to start a player coming off of a serious knee injury and Cooper who has averaged 23 catches a year in his four year NFL career, while letting Jackson walk.

I’m not in the Eagles locker room nor am I an insider. All I’m saying is, there might be more to this story. This tweet from Jason Kelce seemed to hint it was just a matter of time before this happened.

2) Was Desean not a “Chip Kelly” guy?

Here is the other spectrum of the story. It is quite possible Desean Jackson was not a “Chip Kelly guy.” Kelly is a hands on coach that is a perfectionist when it comes to building an environment and culture. There are hundreds of stories from last Summer of how unique his training camp was.

It is quite possible the Eagles front office and Kelly did not see Jackson as a fit and that his salary was too much to keep him around. Releasing him after the “gang affiliation” reports was certainly awful timing if this was the case though. Those reports had the rumor mill and speculation swirling at an all time high.

3) What if the Jets sign him?

It is hard to imagine teams lining up and throwing large contracts at Jackson with how this played out. The Jets are an interesting fit because of his familiarity with Marty Mornhinweg’s offense and Michael Vick being a close friend.

Jackson has also done a lot of nice work in the Philadelphia community with anti-bullying campaign and other organizations. Before the rumors began to swirl that Jackson hangs out with “bad people”, his biggest concern was his contract demands. While he was set to make between $10 and $12 million each of the next three seasons, it has been reported that he wanted an even higher deal.

4) My final take:

I am in no position to believe Jackson is a bad guy because of who he hangs out with, but I am definitely concerned. Could you imagine the headlines and media attention Jackson will draw as a Jet?

If the Jets are truly intrigued by Desean Jackson and want to bring him in, they need to do their due diligence. The way the end of his career played out in Philadelphia does not seem to add up at the moment. A one year flier type contract would be ideal, but I’m not quite sure that is realistic for a player of Jackson’s caliber.

There is no denying his talent and how he could change this offense. He is arguably the best deep threat receiver in the league, which is an area where Geno Smith excels in. At the end of the day though the locker room is vital, as Jets fans have seen the team implode before. This will certainly continue to be one of the off-season’s more interesting story-lines.

 

  • Lidman

    You can try and spin this anyway you want. The team just took a realeased a guy who was 9th in Rec yards and 9th in YPC (5th for WR with 1000+) and took a 6.25mm dead money charge. This is a clear statement that something was wrong. The NJ.COM article is just so they have something to say to their fan base.

    Based on how he’s maneuvered, I see zero chance of Idzik bringing this guy in. This is why I have no issue with players holding out though. Even with all the money out there, the bad imagery almost makes it a certainty this guy will be lucky to get half of what he was going to make this year, let alone the following two.

    Too bad…this guy would arguably be the most explosive player ever to where the NYJ uniform, and certainly since Wesley Walker.

  • Cole Patterson

    What I take from this article…Vick has RIDICULOUSLY vascular arms (see image above)

  • LeeBur

    We will see. At least the Jets have some “insider” info with MM. If MM gives a thumbs up, I can see Idzik at least trying. But we will miss out on him because we only offer 1 year $3.5 million (your welcome Anit-Idzik posters)

  • Frank Antonelli

    Well this is certainly an interesting development and certainly is a BUYER BEWARE situaiton. However, if MM gives his approval I could see him on the Jets. Idzik needs to keep the risk level really low by not offering anything over a one year contract.

    His financial problems might be enough to keep him on the straight and narrow since he’ll need more money going forward.

    Also, if we sign him this should not preclude a 1st round WR selection since his long term viability would definitely be up in the air.

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  • KAsh

    The ideal scenario would be a short-term contract for two or three years. That way, Jackson rehabilitates his image, he still has a chance to earn a big paycheck while in his prime, we get a top 10 receiver and transform a position of weakness into a position of strength, and have several years to develop our wideouts behind one of the best in the game (and who also sometimes misses games with injuries).

  • Harold

    Sign Desean Jackson, yesterday.

  • Joe Barra

    I really want him, but my bet is that he’ll end up a Chief.

  • joeydefiant

    Who cares if he joined a gang when he was 12. If he can be at practice every day and suit up on game day which he has already proven he can do it makes this a simple decision. HE IS NOT GOING TO SIGN A ONE YEAR DEAL. Get over that dream he is too good of a player and in his prime. A 3 year deal with incentives on the back end for the final two should get it done somewhere around 30 million.

  • Fred The Hammer

    Sanjay Lal coached him at Cal as well, more insider info. Very interesting. Given where the Jets receiving corps is, how could you not pursue this given you don’t have to surrender a draft pick. Advantage Idzik, go get him. Certainly we should be able to outbid other suiters given our free agency so far. Maybe this was all part of Idzik’s master plan from day one. Red flags everywhere but worth the risk. Even Santonio had a good year before things went south.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Joeydefiant. You obviously can read since you read what I wrote. However, your comprehension skills leave a lot to be desired. I never said he would sign a one year deal. I stated that my advice to Idzik would be to only sign him to a one year deal. I’m sure some idiotic team (Raiders) will probably sign him to a long term deal. I don’t want the Jets to sign him to anything but a one year deal unless it’s a three year deal that’s really a one year deal with all sorts of outs in it. Do you now comprehend?????

  • Frank Antonelli

    Kristian Dyer who seems to have some legitimate inside sources unlike the idiot Manish says that the Jets are unlikely to be players for Jackson. Here is the article:

    http://www.metro.us/philadelphia/sports/nfl/2014/03/28/source-jets-unlikely-sign-desean-jackson/

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    While Dyer certainly sees more “in the know” than Mehta (since his BFF Pettine left), I’m hesitant to trust anything the media prints about what Idzik is planning to do. It seems hard to believe the Jets would not sign Jackson to save cap room for the much less talented Kerley.

    My understanding is the Jets have 2 coaches that have coached Jackson & another coach that coached a team he was on. With this kind of “inside info,” it should be clear to the Jets whether Jackson’s baggage outweighs his talent.

  • Frank Antonelli

    JJ. I really do think those comments are coming from the Jets, specifically Eric Allen (Jets “reporter”). I think Idzik is using Eric to get his message out and I think they selected Dyer as the media contact. Witness this other article he crafted:

    http://www.metro.us/newyork/sports/nfl/2014/03/18/source-jets-deliberately-taking-measured-approach-free-agents/

    I think Idzik has looked at the situation and determined that Jackson is too big a risk and thus is going to pass. I’m sure he is basing that decision on the due diligence his staff has done. Only time will tell if he is right.

  • joeydefiant

    Chip Kelly and the Eagles are full of shit. They drop djax because of locker room chemistry and off field issues. Yet, they keep Riley Cooper a racist country boy who throws Ni**** around and thats not goimg to hurt the locker room chemistry in a locker room of predominatly black men? Total ego thing. If you dont treat Chip Kelly like an overseer with a whip and get out of line you are gone. DJax was the only guy to step up to Cooper after his incident at that country music thing. Locker room chemistry. please.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    I wonder if the circumstances are too similar to the Holmes acquisition (talented, productive WR in his prime jettisoned for attitude & off-the field “issues”) for Idzik’s liking. I’m sure the media trolls would LOVE to see the circus references & clown car pics return to the back pages.

    Since the draft has a lot of depth at WR & CB, I wonder if Idzik is planning to address those positions via the draft while adding Stephen Peterman-level talent at those positions to “compete” with the rookies.

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