According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles didn’t cut DeSean Jackson because of his affiliations with any gangs, they dumped him because head coach Chip Kelly didn’t want him on his team.
The Eagles knew about Jackson’s alleged gang connections, his problems with authority, and his locker-room dramas long before Friday, when they released the wide receiver. They knew what they were getting when they drafted him in 2008.
So for the team to imply that his off-the-field behavior or an NJ.com report that detailed his alleged connection to reputed members of the Los Angeles-based Crips gang had anything to do with the wide receiver’s release would be disingenuous.
The reasons the Eagles cut ties with Jackson after six seasons were many, but the overriding motive was a simple one: Kelly didn’t want him on the team anymore. The Eagles coach has yet to explain the decision – nor did anyone from the organization on Friday – but Kelly’s lower tolerance for Jackson than Andy Reid had is believed to be the primary explanation for why the team started shopping the 27-year-old Pro Bowl receiver on March 1.
This is the only thing that makes sense and I’ve been thinking this all along.
What’s really telling is that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is already trying to get Jackson to come to Kansas City. He clearly believes in the star receiver and would love to coach him again.