Eagles release Jackson after 'careful consideration'

Eagles release Jackson after 'careful consideration'
March 28, 2014, 9:45 am
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DeSean Jackson was selected by the Eagles out of Cal in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. (USATSI)

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After "careful consideration this offseason," the Eagles released former Cal standout receiver DeSean Jackson on Friday, the team announced on Twitter.

Jackson, 27, has been involved in offseason rumors with both the 49ers and Raiders, as well as a number of other teams that would like to employ his services.

According to a report from NJ.com, the decision stems from the franchise's concerns about Jackson's off-the-field exploits. In addition to "a bad attitude, an inconsistent work ethic, missed meetings and a lack of chemistry with head coach Chip Kelly," the team was put off by "Jackson's continued association with reputed Los Angeles street gang members who have been connected to two homicides since 2010," the website states.

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Jackson released the following statement:

"First I would like to thank the Eagles organization, the Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia for my time in Philly. I would also like to thank coach Andy Reed [sic] for bringing me in.

"Secondly, I would like to address the misleading and unfounded reports that my release has anything to do with any affiliation that has been speculated surrounding the company I keep off of the field. I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang. 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 six-year veteran played in all 16 games for the first time last year and turned in his best NFL season, catching 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns -- all career highs.

Jackson has 39 career regular season touchdowns (32 receiving, three rushing, four on punt returns).

He was selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

A consensus All-American in 2006, Jackson played three seasons at Cal from 2005-'07, totaling 162 receptions for 2,423 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also returned 38 punts for 633 yards (16.7 yard average) and six touchdowns.