The Philadelphia Eagles released wide receiver DeSean Jackson on Friday after six seasons, ending weeks of speculation that the team wanted to part ways with their No. 1 receiver.
Jackson is coming off a monster season for the Eagles, in which he had 82 catches, 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. However, according to a report on NJ.com, it was Jackson’s off-field activities--including alleged connections to known gang members--that had the Eagles looking to unloiad him.
In a statement issued shortly after his release, Jackson thanked former head coach Andy Reid, the organization and the fans, and firmly denied the claims levied against him.
"I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang,” Jackson said, via the league's official website. “I am not a gang member and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible. I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values.
“I am proud of the accomplishments that I have made both on and off the field. I have worked tirelessly to give back to my community and have a positive impact on those in need. It is unfortunate that I now have to defend myself and my intentions. These reports are irresponsible and just not true . I look forward to working hard for my new team. God Bless.”
The good news is it looks like the Cowboys may not have to deal with Jackson twice each year anymore, as of the six teams known to have some interest in his services--the 49ers, Patriots, Seahawks, Raiders, Jets and Panthers--none live in the NFC East.
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