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Report: Eagles chose to part with DeSean Jackson a month ago

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While reports of what appear to be DeSean Jackson’s inevitable departure from Philadelphia have ramped up lately, the decision to make it inevitable might be quite old.

According to Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com, citing a source close to the team, the Eagles “decided to move on from Jackson well over a month ago, and possibly earlier.”

Whatever the motivations for such a move might be, it now seems certain a move will be made.

Whether Kelly and Eagles officials are able to make it happen at the league meetings in Orlando remains to be seen, but it seems they’ve decided that he’ll be a former-Eagle soon.

Though his attitude and value compared to his $10.5 million salary can be questioned, his value on the field cannot, which makes the pursuit of the truth in this case fascinating to watch.

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78 Responses to “Report: Eagles chose to part with DeSean Jackson a month ago”
  1. realnflmaster says: Mar 24, 2014 1:54 PM

    And here come the JETS babe!

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  2. kdub79 says: Mar 24, 2014 1:56 PM

    Please for the love of God do something and do it soon so we can stop speculating about what happened and what’s going to happen!

  3. calhounlambeau says: Mar 24, 2014 1:56 PM

    We probably only know 10% of what’s gone on with him while he’s been in Philadelphia.

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 24, 2014 1:57 PM

    mike brown…. ARE YOU LISTENING?!?!?!?!?!?

    PLEASE!!! Sign a REAL #2 wide receiver.

    Why did baltimore sign Steve Smith as their #2 wide receiver?!?

    ANSWER: Teams in the modern pass happy NFL need more than A.J. Green/Calvin Johnson to be a successful offense

  5. thepftpoet says: Mar 24, 2014 1:57 PM

    Cordarelle Patterson is easily the best WR in the NFL

    Desean Jackson is not even top 10

  6. thepancakebandit says: Mar 24, 2014 1:58 PM

    This guy and the Jets deserve each other.

  7. pourman says: Mar 24, 2014 1:58 PM

    OK, literally three hours ago you posted an article saying noone is telling the truth about this only to regurgitate the very next rumor. Enough!

  8. joro5551 says: Mar 24, 2014 1:59 PM

    I seriously don’t understand why they are so bound and determined to dump him… it’s not like Riley Cooper or Maclin should really be a number one option.

  9. strokinmyego says: Mar 24, 2014 1:59 PM

    This Desean Jackson story is getting really annoying. Every day there’s something “new” to “report” and in reality nothing is really new at all. The Eagles want to trade him, so far there’s no takers. Got it.

  10. dlr4skins says: Mar 24, 2014 2:02 PM

    How about you just cut him, let the new thrifty Redskins sign him, and watch him burn Philly’s defense (with the new safety) twice a year?

    Doing so would allow the ‘Skins to focus solely on OL and DEF in the draft.

    Either way, this will be a big win for the other teams in the NFC East!

  11. The Red Rifle says: Mar 24, 2014 2:02 PM

    Get it done Mike Brown. Andy Dalton is the best player in the NFL right now. That’s means nothing without some competent players on offense other than AJ.

  12. ravenmadnky says: Mar 24, 2014 2:03 PM

    Oakland has money to burn and need. Good fit. I just hope he doesn’t end up in Cleveland.

  13. flylikearaven88 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:04 PM

    Wow either cut him or trade him already. These reports are up there with all the Tebow one’s from a year ago.

  14. chawk12thman says: Mar 24, 2014 2:04 PM

    That amount of time and yet they won’t even talk to Jackson. The manner in which this has been handled makes it hard to believe that there is any chance he remains, if no suitor is found. He certainly has no incentive to perform there.

  15. 1pwrightt says: Mar 24, 2014 2:05 PM

    There has too be so much more to this story. There are a lot of “ME” guys in locker rooms but I have a feeling this goes beyond that.

  16. jmt8251 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:05 PM

    Howie Roseman is going to drag this team down like the Raiders, he flexing his muscles in this mess. Now you see why Maclin did not want to sign a 5 yr deal. Roseman thinks Foles and Cooper are going to take them to the promise land that’s a joke in itself. Jeffery Lurie better come off his honeymoon and ask WTH is going on. The locker room is going to be a mess this year there is no Avant or Vick to control it. When the loses come and they will Foles won’t be able to tell anyone a damn thing. A mess waiting to happen.

  17. riggo08 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:07 PM

    I think he looks and acts like a Raider.

  18. dangerturtle says: Mar 24, 2014 2:07 PM

    Kelly really likes Brandin Cook out of Oregon State. Same size, better player in college. Maybe the Eagles feel like they can get him? Speculation is fun.

  19. patriotinvasion says: Mar 24, 2014 2:08 PM

    Love Jets fans getting all riled up over the potential of landing Jackson. Who is playing QB for you? If you think it’s Vick, than newsflash…he played WITH Jackson the past few years and couldn’t even get off the bench. Jets would have been better off trading for Shaub.

  20. grantsbuds says: Mar 24, 2014 2:09 PM

    After the #’s he put up last year he must be a huge pain in the you know what to be shown the door.
    How many years before his first bankruptcy hearing?

    TO2

  21. shuttaman1990 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:10 PM

    I’d love to have him on the Raiders.
    But seriously what is wrong with him? Is there something that he has that the eagles aren’t telling?
    You don’t get rid of your number 1 receiver and for a low cost like that especially when your not really in rebuilding mode and got a good QB that took you to the playoffs last year.

  22. azjohnny says: Mar 24, 2014 2:10 PM

    Jackson will probably be cut. No one will trade for his contract

  23. ziplock10 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:13 PM

    All I want to know is his next contract should be the average of the top 3 receivers.

    BUT! Every year is renegotiable down from that based on his production or injury.

    Paid for what you do. Best production? Paid! Suck! Not paid!

  24. mvp43 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:13 PM

    Jordy Nelson is easily the best WR in the NFL

    Desean Jackson is not even top 10

  25. jbeagles23 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:16 PM

    Probably cause he spends every second of his life other than practice or Ames at the club , or on Crenshaw. Wants to be a gangsta more than a football player

  26. andreboy1 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:16 PM

    NFL Network is showing all 49ers programs for Dynasty Week

    Right now the ’81 NFC Championship game is on

    Montana putting the first stone down in his pathway to being the greatest QB to ever live

    Tune in

  27. dlove4392 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:16 PM

    As much as it would be nice to have desean back this is very interesting topic to say the least chip Kelly is known to believe in his system more then he believes in the player making his system as much as a talented WR Jackson is with his blazing speed ability to blow the tops off defenses is scary for any defense, remember when everyone assumed Kelly wanted a mobile quarterback for his Oregon offense of system he was bringing to Philadelphia when Kelly re-mark I don’t need a mobile QB to run my system and Nick Foles actually played better then Vick who was to say vick was a perfect fit for chip offense actually played a lot better then Vick not to say Vick was playing excellent as well whole point to this is Desean is a me type first type of player a Diva you would call it Eagles is not worry about loading Jackson because Chip Kelly believes in his system with average players or great players can get the job done cuz his system works so well types of coach so I’ll be interesting to see if losing desean hurts or weather chip Kelly system is truly to great either way lossing the likes of Desean jackson CNT wait for the season already to CNT wit to find out

  28. phillyshouldsignmaclin says: Mar 24, 2014 2:17 PM

    Too Small..mentally and physically and rapping

  29. floratiotime says: Mar 24, 2014 2:17 PM

    It’s hard to find a chump dumb enough to take this problem child off their hands. Hey Arizona … looking at you.

  30. tomcan8 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:18 PM

    Desean, you will be missed by all the fans in Philly; upper management, not so much.

  31. jblah says: Mar 24, 2014 2:19 PM

    I hear detroit is deciding to part ways with Calvin Johnson and ship him to the Eagles. That is why the Eagles are getting rid of Desean just as a preemptive measure.

  32. gotthepebbleoutthemastershand says: Mar 24, 2014 2:20 PM

    To all the ppl who say D. Jackson isn’t a top ten, really don’t know football. Because of his speed, over 40% of the Eagles snaps require him to have a double dragon trail cover. Meaning he requires two guys to cover him. 40% is a lot. This is why Brent Celek has the 2nd most YAC as a TE since 2009 (look it up). If Chip Kelly let’s him walk and can’t get De’Anthony Thomas from Oregon to replace him the TE play will suffer. This along with the running game thrives because Jackson is on the field.

  33. realskipbayless says: Mar 24, 2014 2:22 PM

    This guy is def gifted but I don’t think he puts enough effort all the time.

  34. 25cuts says: Mar 24, 2014 2:23 PM

    Brandin cook! As an eagles fan I woukdbt mind at all. There is a problem when you’re making 10 mill a year and you’re complaining you need more money. Get ata here!

  35. punkrock21 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:24 PM

    I can’t wait to hear what happened behind the scenes to cause this to go to hell

  36. bengcolt says: Mar 24, 2014 2:26 PM

    “Fascinating to watch” YEA RIGHT….its getting unbelievably annoying. Come on already

  37. MostOfYouWouldScoreWorseThanJamarcusOnTheWonderlic says: Mar 24, 2014 2:26 PM

    Something tells me the baggage that would be coming with this dude is gigantic

  38. dlove4392 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:26 PM

    And this story ain’t over by a long shot does this effect the Eagles draft plans I think not its been reports that they decided a month ago possibly earlier then that they would part ways with Desean and will they replace Jackson earlier in the draft with the lines of Odell Beckham similar skill set bigger and jus as fast or a Brandon cooks similar phycally very quick in short space or perhaps a different approach WR kelvin benjamen outta Florida State who is as big as Calvin Johnson physically hight 6’5 feet 240 pounds exactly can be a big red zone threat..Will missing Desean effect the eagles or not? Will Desean be as good with jets or another out side team or will we find out why Philly release him after all? Many questions to be answers so stay tuned this topic is not over by a long shot..talking about drama

  39. chrisk61 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:29 PM

    first, chip kelly saw first hand what happened in playoff gm vs new orl. his #1 WR was blanketed in the first half…0-0-0. in a related note, last time eagles had a playoff gm, in 2010 vs GB, jackson got hurt and left the gm.

    second, kelly shored up the WR corp by re-signing cooper and maclin

    third, eagles signed other WRs, like maehl and brad smith, last season

    fourth, pundits say upcoming draft is deep, including at WR position, so eagles most likely draft a big physical WR to add to roster.

  40. jgedgar70 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:29 PM

    Is Dave Gettleman moonlighting as an intern in the Eagles front office? This is Steve Smith II, only with a younger and currently better player (I’d still take 89 in his prime over 2 DeSean Jacksons in their prime). DeSean reminds me way too much of Eric Dickerson, who only felt like playing when he was the highest-paid player, otherwise he was sulking in his locker waiting for the cameramen to show up so he could say, “I’d play better if I were paid better.”

    Eagles – cut him and let him sign with the Raiders. Panthers – stay far away from this guy and sign Kenny Britt instead.

  41. craigmaitland says: Mar 24, 2014 2:31 PM

    Eagles ran into some flukey situations last year. They played a bunch of awful backup qbs in a row, and got megatron in a snowstorm. I’m not sure how taking away their best receiving weapon by a mile is going to help them.

  42. denver1983 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:32 PM

    Philly is broke

    Denver is rich!

  43. boyshole25 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:33 PM

    Hopefully he will go the afc so he can’t scorch my skins 2 x a year anymore

  44. officialgame says: Mar 24, 2014 2:37 PM

    It is Chip Kelly’s decision 100%. It has nothing to do with Roseman. Djax is a very good player but he is not a good fit for a Chip Kelly team and what he requires from his receivers.

  45. Youknowimright says: Mar 24, 2014 2:38 PM

    I saw someone mentioned cutting djack and signing kenny britt. Yep good luck selling that to your fan base.

    We got rid of desean because he was a malcontent. We signed kenny britt to replace him to fix our locker room atmosphere. Oh wait.

  46. prussian11 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:38 PM

    The reporting of DJax is somewhat similar to the MH370 flight … no one seems to have have had a clue.

    But if DJax lands with the Jets, that could be interesting. With Vick likely a starter for the year, Decker’s value increases in FF leagues with DJax across the field (relatively speaking) … but DJax value is likely only the same at best.
    Jets going to sign MJD too?

    You have to imagine the Panthers are trying to find a way to make the cao hit work though. Who else have they got at WR? Cotchery and … and … Bueller? :)
    Or are they going to low-ball and incentive Britt?

    Just a wierd off-season all around.

  47. mre321 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:39 PM

    This is a guy who never drops a pass … would love for my Phins to find a way to jump into this … i hear the asking price is a 3rd round pick … got to be kidding me … there are only a handful of receivers better at holding onto the football…

  48. kmartinson says: Mar 24, 2014 2:41 PM

    LOL….Brent Celek YAC? His YAC is that he’s a below average tight end(32 catches). He’s the third best tight end in his own division.

    And in regards to Jackson not being top 10: If he were actually top 10(which he isn’t even close to outside of yardage) someone would actually want him. He’s a #2 wide receiver on any good team and a #3 on really good teams—not a #1. He’s fast….that’s it.

    I love Kelly but Eagles will have more difficulty next year after everyone has studied them all offseason.

  49. ravenswhat says: Mar 24, 2014 2:42 PM

    Which is right around the time he was asking for more $ and his place was broken into under rather strange circumstances.

    Me thinks they are done with the headaches.

  50. lthompson1127 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:42 PM

    Maybe they are will to tank the season, so they can get Marcus mar iota next year in the draft. If files doesn’t play well this year. It’s and easy out and they don’t have to spend big money on a qb for another 3 years down the line again.

  51. phillycannon says: Mar 24, 2014 2:44 PM

    i love how people think he is a diva, trouble maker, gangster…etc. Have you heard any reports of him getting in trouble?? NO. Have you heard any #1 receivers not being a diva? YES. Stop believing this report. Everyone wants a story because there is NOTHING TO REPORT IN THE LEAGUE RIGHT NOW.

  52. janvanflac says: Mar 24, 2014 2:45 PM

    Waiting for him to be released won’t cut it, no pun intended, just like the Eagles traded for Sproles, any team which wants him (and there are clearly some, despite the denials and his contract) will need to pull the trigger.

  53. whatnojets says: Mar 24, 2014 2:46 PM

    Santonio Holmes is easily the best WR……I forgot, The New York Jets dumped him and he is now a “free agent”

  54. henryjones20 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:59 PM

    got sick of his nonsense.having his house robbed by his homies was the final straw! he gonna have a ball in nyc.gonna get robbed every night

  55. kastout11 says: Mar 24, 2014 3:03 PM

    He was exposed in the playoffs against NO. They just dropped back in coverage and didn’t allow him to beat them deep. He is a one trick pony. I love the Eagles and haven’t been a fan of Desean for the last few years, because he does not play hard. However, I would not release him, although I will not be the one paying him $10.5 million. If this is Chip, he will not be endearing himself to the Philly fans. I guess Philly will be wasting an early pick in the draft on a WR, when Philly desperately needs help on the defense. Their offense is fine.

  56. grimreaper12 says: Mar 24, 2014 3:08 PM

    Hopefully, the Eagles cut him and Belichick swoops him up. Would you rather catch passes from Tom Brady or Geno Smith/Dog killer? Easy answer, Brady.

    #gopats #success

  57. tbw1984 says: Mar 24, 2014 3:09 PM

    Brandon LaFell is easily the best WR in the NFL.

    Desean Jackson is not even top 10.

  58. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 24, 2014 3:16 PM

    and yet…he is still an eagle…despite the REPORTS!

  59. bucnblood says: Mar 24, 2014 3:17 PM

    Mike Williams change your bandage son and pack your bags, your heading to Philly. V-Jax and D-Jax and Sammy Watkins….oh my.

  60. RexCanCoach says: Mar 24, 2014 3:19 PM

    NY Jets + DJ = playoffs 2014

    Thinking we will sweep the AFC East as well 6-0 …

  61. stevemo says: Mar 24, 2014 3:20 PM

    People demanding the Eagles cut or trade Jackson immediately because they’re sick of hearing about it need to slow their roll.

    It isn’t the Eagles fault the media is jamming it down your throats and the Eagles have every reason to be patient with the process.

  62. kevinb73 says: Mar 24, 2014 3:24 PM

    The JAX connection! D-Jax on one side, V-Jax on the other! Tampa’s gonna need a guy to replace Mike Williams when he ends up in jail, or Lovie has had enough of him. Go Bucs!

  63. distracted9 says: Mar 24, 2014 3:25 PM

    I’m glad.. He doesn’t fit the culture Chip is trying to establish. I feel he sealed his fate when wanting more than his 10.5 salary this year.. or maybe his lame rap debut with Snoop embarrassed them into the inevitable.

  64. bullcharger says: Mar 24, 2014 3:29 PM

    Why would any team negotiate a trade for him right now when they will cut him anyway? The only reason would be if his current contract is better than what you would have to pay him as a FA. I don’t think it is. I think you could pay him 8 mil max even if there is a bidding war for him.

  65. sandersmarcus10 says: Mar 24, 2014 3:31 PM

    And yet in still this clown is wanting to stay in Phili, I’d be calling my agent right now to set up something to get me outta there!

  66. djjackson81 says: Mar 24, 2014 3:35 PM

    My guess is Philly will push Jackson into the AFC to a starving team with no chance to win and tons of cap room.

  67. grimreaper12 says: Mar 24, 2014 3:37 PM

    This would be a typical NY Jets move. Miss out on everyone in free agency. The fanbase is upset, they need to make a splash. First, they get the Dog killer now they’re trying to get Jackson.

    #rip2yourcareer #jetsirrelevantsince1969

  68. ballreaper says: Mar 24, 2014 3:39 PM

    I can tell you i’m not surprise at this at all,because i can tell you when Vick was injured and nick foles took snap .Jackson NUMBERS went down and pretty much was non existent, And you can tell he was NOT a happy camper after those games.Foles doesn’t have the ARM to consistently hook up with Jackson down field.They are only a couple of those STRETCH plays between them and it was due to a breakdown in coverage.

    I think this is Chip kelly way of getting ahead by avoiding in future SCENES on the sideline when it comes to Jackson, If things Don’t go well with them.After all this is a team that MEEKLY bow out of the a playoffs,, that saw nick foles doing his best 3 and out and another incomplete pass.They are not even fully sold in the QB position.

  69. truthplainandsimple says: Mar 24, 2014 3:51 PM

    People want this guy to be a “problem” so bad, yet we haven’t had one report to support that, yet. I think they don’t wanna pay him. They didn’t wanna pay him before he extended and they probably did so short-term. I think he’s nothing more than a slot. A gamebreaking number two, but a two nonetheless.

  70. travman162 says: Mar 24, 2014 4:03 PM

    With Mike Williams getting in knife fights with his brother, I think the Bucs could use some WR help. . .

  71. arrogantnation says: Mar 24, 2014 4:05 PM

    DeSean’s such a gamebreaker. Really surprised they’re trying to shop him as hard as they are. If they don’t get a high to mid 2nd rounder they’re selling themselves short.

  72. aceb3 says: Mar 24, 2014 4:06 PM

    Elway please pull this off somehow!!! I call it now Elway will land Jackson in Denver….

  73. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Mar 24, 2014 4:08 PM

    Fact..The Eagles don’t have to tell Jackson anything…Fact..The Eagles don’t have to do anything with Jackson,as Roseman said he is under contract and Fact number three,the Eagles will do this there way not Jacksons or any bottom feeder team like Jets or Raiders way

  74. trezzyt says: Mar 24, 2014 4:18 PM

    Deshawn to Ravens
    T. Smith Wr1
    D. Jackson Wr2
    S. Smith W3

    D. Pitta TE1
    Draft E. Ebron In first and Hyde in second if Available

  75. frankfordyellowjackets says: Mar 24, 2014 4:31 PM

    I’d keep him over Jeremy “IR” Maclin, but what can ya do?

  76. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Mar 24, 2014 4:42 PM

    I’m not convinced that the Eagles will cut him if they cannot find a trade. Why cut a high performing player just because he has an attitude? Is the team really better off without him? Yes he is highly paid, but he produces too.

    I suspect that all of this trade/release talk is a ploy to send a wake-up call to Jackson to get him to straighten up, focus, and see that no one player is more important than the team. And also to make Jackson see that he is already very well paid and is anything should expect a pay cut, not a raise.

  77. thrstr says: Mar 24, 2014 5:19 PM

    but . . .
    he stretches the field, and causes defenses to adjust for his leet speed . . .
    what could the problem be?
    hint: he’s a perfect fit for philly.

  78. nonyt says: Mar 24, 2014 7:17 PM

    They want someone to give up a draft pick and pay 10.5million a year? Good luck with that.

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