The Eagles announced today they released Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The team issued a statement "After careful consideration during this off-season, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today."
Jackson, 27, went to the Pro Bowl in 2013 for the first time since 2010 and the third time in his six seasons in the league. The former-second round pick had a career year setting 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 his six seasons with the Eagles, Jackson caught 356 passes for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns to go along with four punt returns for touchdowns and three rushing scores.
We debated why the Eagles should and should not trade DeSean Jackson last week based on a few reports of the team shopping the receiver. He wasn't traded - just outright released. NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks reported, prior to Jackson's release, the team is concerned about the negative influence of his friends, particularly members of a Los Angeles street gang.
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