For the last couple weeks, there have been tons of rumors flying around about DeSean Jackson's future with the Philadelphia Eagles. First, he was going to be traded. Then, he wasn't. Then, he was seemingly back on the trading block. And, well, it's all been very, very confusing.
But now, we finally know the Eagles' definitive plans for D-Jax:
After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 28, 2014
That's right. The Eagles have released one of the fastest wide receivers in the league. Fortunately, something tells us he won't be on the free agent market for very long. But still...damn.
So, who wants him?
It's still unclear how much truth there is to this. But according to an NJ.com piece that was posted about an hour ago, the Eagles may have been concerned about Jackson's alleged ties to Los Angeles gang members in recent months. You can read the piece here.
Jackson just released a statement about his release, which includes a couple quotes about his alleged gang affiliation. Here it is, courtesy of Adam Schefter:
"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 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."