Philadelphia Eagles spoke publicly for the first time since releasing wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
Eagle’s second year head coach, Chip Kelly spoke with reporters and told them the release of DeSean Jackson was “purely football reasons.”
Jackson was released from the Eagles on March 28th, only hours after a report from NJ.com, had stated the Eagles had been uneasy about Jacksons off-the-field activities. The story on NJ.com had mentioned Jackson had gang affiliations with an L.A. gang called the Crips. DeSean has since denied any involvement, but has stated that he maintains personal friendships with members of the aforementioned gang.
Jackson had his best year with the Eagles in 2013, under new head coach Chip Kelly. Catching 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
Not long after DeSean Jackson was released from the Eagles, Jackson signed a four year deal with the Washington Redskins, worth a total of $32 million dollars, $16 of that 32 million is guaranteed. Jackson was scheduled to make $10.7 million dollars with the Eagles in 2014.
Chip Kelly was asked if money had a factor in the decision to release DeSean.
“He has a very expensive contract. One of the best cornerbacks in the league was let go this offseason, a (heck) of a football player. Sometimes economics plays a part in these things.” Kelly was referring to cornerback Darrelle Revis, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and subsequently signed by the New England Patriots.
The Eagles will have a hard time replacing DeSean Jackson’s production. Currently their two best receivers on their roster are Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. A need the Eagles will look to fill in the 2014 NFL draft. Which airs May 8th though the 10th.
DeSean Jackson will get his chance to show the Eagles what they let go only three weeks into the 2014 NFL regular season, when the Washington Redskins travel to Philadelphia on Sunday, September 21st.
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