Eagles Cut DeSean Jackson Over Gang Ties, Attitude, & Off Field Behavior

By Austin Knoblauch

DeSean Jackson’s run with the Philadelphia Eagles is over.
As anticipated, the Eagles released Jackson on Friday after efforts to trade him ultimately were unsuccessful. The wide receiver is coming off his best season in Philadelphia, and is expected to generate plenty of interest in the free-agent market.
Jackson, a former Long Beach Poly High and California standout, finished with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. He was set to earn $10.25 million in 2014 and was under contract with the Eagles through 2016.
In addition to his rich contract, the Eagles reportedly were apprehensive of Jackson’s off-field behavior and bad attitude. His alleged association with Los Angeles gang members also reportedly played a role in the Eagles cutting him.
Despite this, Jackson should have plenty of suitors among NFL teams looking to improve their respective passing games. Last week, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson said Jackson was among the players the team was possibly interested in signing.
In six seasons with the Eagles, Jackson, 27, had 365 receptions for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns.