The Hall of Fame wide receiver, and former Eagle, tweeted Wednesday at DeSean Jackson, "congrats Bro.Praying this is the 2nd biggest mistake @Eagles made in their history by cutting their best WR. #2ndchances." Jackson signed a three-year deal with the Washington Redskins less than one week after being released by the Eagles.
It seems Carter is referring to the Eagles 'biggest' mistake which was cutting him prior to the 1990 season at the age of 24. Carter was coming off a then-career year himself catching 11 touchdowns but had bouts with drugs and alcohol during his tenure in Philadelphia. Carter has said then-Eagles coach Buddy Ryan made the move "to protect" him as he looked to continue his promising career in the NFL.
We all know how Carter's story ends. He got clean, landed with the Minnesota Vikings and ended up being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
Maybe Carter sees some similarities between his situation in Philadelphia and Jackson's? It isn't a stretch. Both receivers were released for off-the-field issues after coming off impressive seasons. Jackson set career-highs in receptions (82), yards (1,332), and first downs (60) while tying a career-high in touchdowns (9) and games played (16) in 2013.
The problem with Carter's statement is the underlying assumption that he thinks the Eagles made a mistake cutting him back in 1990. It was clearly an off-the-field move for Philadelphia and something that was necessary for Carter to get his head on straight and realize his full potential. It certainly was not a mistake on the Eagles' part, they needed to do it for the young man. Although I'm sure they wished Carter could've gotten clean and put up those big numbers in Philadelphia instead of Minnesota.
If Carter is 'praying' for DeSean Jackson to take advantage of his opportunity in Washington, then that's great. But he shouldn't forget that the 'mistake' the Eagles made releasing Carter all those years ago set him on course for the Hall of Fame.
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