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Money could be a factor in the DeSean Jackson decision - PFT
For DeSean Jackson, whose idiotic at very best and deliberately anti-Semitic at worst social-media post has justifiably gotten him in hot water with the Eagles, the potential football impact of cutting him as a result of his behavior includes a potential financial impact. As Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Tuesday, the decision on DeSean’s future ultimately could hinge on whether the Eagles can escape $4.8 million in guaranteed salary for 2020. That’s not speculation or analysis from Schefter; someone with the Eagles undoubtedly told him that, if the Eagles can avoid owing him $4.8 million for 2020, they’ll be more likely to cut him in response to his actions. The fact that Jackson hasn’t already been cut suggests that the Eagles aren’t confident that Jackson’s decision to post a highlighted passage of a supposed Hitler quote justifies wiping nearly $5 million in fully-guaranteed pay off the books. And for good reason. PFT has obtained the relevant language from Jackson’s contract that would extinguish the guaranteed salary, and the Eagles have far from a slam-dunk case to void the payment.

DeSean Jackson made a terrible mistake. Cutting him doesn’t solve the problem. - BGN
I can’t speak for every Jewish person. Nor do I want to. However, I know we are in a time of painful discussion and difficult realization. There is no linear path to some sort of perfect enlightenment on these issues. I want to give DeSean Jackson space to apologize, to grow and to learn on this issue so we can keep working towards greater equality for everyone.

The QB Factory #6: The Mahomes Mega-Deal - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield react to the Patrick Mahomes mega-deal, what it means for the future and insights on Mahomes the NFL Draft prospect PLUS thoughts on DeSean Jackson. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

What are the football ramifications if the Eagles release DeSean Jackson? - PhillyVoice
That would be a total of 3013 career receiving yards among the group, 77 percent of which are by Goodwin, a player who suffered five concussions in a 17-month span in 2016 and 2017, and hasn’t been an effective player since. By comparison, Jackson has 598 career catches for 10,420 yards, and 55 TDs. Soooo, yeah, it would be kind of a big loss on the field if the Eagles released Jackson.

DeSean Takes Dumb to a New Level - Iggles Blitz
Some don’t think this is enough and want DeSean cut. I don’t think that is necessary. His posts on Monday proved to be more stupid than anything else. He clearly didn’t understand what he was saying. I’d rather DeSean actually take the time to understand just how hurtful and ridiculous his posts were and learn from that. I wouldn’t be upset if the Eagles did cut him or if the NFL decides to suspend him. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences. Say what you want, but you might have to pay the price for it. I don’t know if it was the Eagles or public backlash, but someone has DeSean’s attention now. He has released multiple apologies.

There’s only one way for the Eagles to handle DeSean Jackson - NBCSP
I’ve always loved watching DeSean play football, and I loved when the Eagles brought him back last year to finish his career where it started. But now? It’s clear the Eagles have to take some sort of strong action. Does that mean a one-game suspension? A four-game suspension? Does that mean cut him and never let him back in the Linc and ban him from the Eagles Hall of Fame? Honestly, I don’t know. But he simply can’t be allowed to put on an Eagles uniform again until he displays a true understanding of why his posts were so incredibly hateful and harmful. Not just to Jews but to all human beings who believe in equality, inclusion and diversity.

Wulf: Eagles need to hold DeSean Jackson accountable after anti-Semitic post - The Athletic
It’s valid to suggest the Eagles should simply release Jackson. And if their understanding from knowing Jackson as an employee for eight years is that his dissemination of hate speech is an accurate representation of his worldview, then that is what they should do. Moving forward as if nothing happened or with no more than a slap on the wrist would be unacceptable. If they believe Jackson, amid a nationwide reckoning with systemic racism, is a man searching for answers and has stumbled upon the wrong ones, then they may see a path forward. And if they think Jackson is capable of the hard work that will go into “using his platform to take action and promote unity, equality and respect,” then they need to follow through on holding Jackson accountable for walking that path.

Best- and worse-case scenarios for every NFL team ahead of the 2020 season - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles. 10th percentile outcome: 5-11. How they get there: The additions of Jalen Reagor, Darius Slay and Nickell Robey-Coleman aren’t enough to make up for the problems the Eagles had on the perimeter in 2019. DeSean Jackson fails to help, and injuries once again keep Alshon Jeffery from being a big contributor. Teams pick on whoever wins the second outside cornerback job — whether that be Avonte Maddox or Sidney Jones or safety-convert Jalen Mills — in coverage. Additionally, the offensive line is not the dominant force it was a season ago thanks to the losses of Brandon Brooks and Jason Peters, which compounds the supporting-cast issues for Carson Wentz.

While Dak Prescott’s deal won’t exceeded Mahomes, the negotiation floor has been raised - Blogging The Boys
Nobody is here to say that Dak is on the same level as Mahomes, but the way that the market works, it is reasonable to conclude that Prescott’s number just got a little higher.

Calendar of when sports leagues will return in 2020 - DraftKings Nation
Sports are slowly starting to return in some countries, but it will take some time for many leagues to get back on track. We’ll be using this space to provide the most recent update as to the status of each sports league and its intended return date. to track news and what it means for the return of various leagues.

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