The day has come.
All of that speculation surrounding DeSean Jackson this offseason was not just mere media fabrication. It turns out there was something to it after all.
After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 28, 2014
Honestly, it's surreal. Jackson, 27, was drafted the by the Eagles in 2008 and has made a career off of making big time plays. He's been with the team for six years now. He's been one of the franchise's most popular players. He's "the man!" And now just like that, he's gone.
This all started in early March when a report from Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com indicated the Eagles could part ways with Jackson this offseason. The speculation died down for little bit but then picked back up again in recent weeks. Jackson was reportedly being shopped by the Eagles in a trade. Obviously, they couldn't get a deal done, so they decided to release him.
Jackson's release is both stunning and unprecedented. The star receiver is coming off a career year. It appears the Eagles decision to release Jackson was related to off the field concerns. A report from NJ.com indicates as much:
Yet the Eagles' apparent interest in jettisoning Jackson likely has little to do with his performance on the field or a big-money contract that could squeeze the team's salary cap. Rather, sources close to Jackson and within the Eagles' organization say, it's Jackson's off-field behavior that concerns the front office. A bad attitude, an inconsistent work ethic, missed meetings and a lack of chemistry with head coach Chip Kelly are the reasons, sources told NJ.com. And when the Eagles looked more deeply into why Jackson was missing meetings, they found that his friends were becoming a more powerful -- and negative -- influence in his life.
The Eagles will not be commenting on Jackson's release today.
Programming note: BGN has this major development thoroughly covered in our DeSean Jackson Fallout storystream. Some suggested reading material:
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Jason Kelce Tweets about Jackson's Release