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March 30, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeSean Jackson didn't change; the Eagles did when Chip Kelly became head coach. 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.
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April 10, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
THE THOUGHT at the time was that the Eagles did not want to be in a position where they had to draft a safety early. They had drafted for need, disastrously, near the end of Andy Reid's regime, and they did not want to do it again. That was general manager Howie Roseman's thinking when he spoke in late February at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis: "You don't want to force a position and you don't want to not take a position just because of what you have at the moment. You have to take the best player.
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April 14, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The public relations tour of Temple president Neil D. Theobald, which has been a train wreck in the last four months as the school clumsily dismantled some of its core varsity sports programs, took another wide turn last week when Theobald essentially accused the Eagles of extortion during lease negotiations between the school and its football stadium landlord. "They clearly believe we do not have a viable option," Theobald told the Chronicle for Higher Education on Wednesday, when he dropped a story that claimed the Eagles are demanding a doubling of the current rent and what amounts to a $12 million signing bonus for a lease extension that would take effect in 2018.
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April 2, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
LET'S NOT GET too worked up over DeSean Jackson. He may have been booted from the Eagles for having gang ties - although the team hasn't come right out and said it, and not everyone buys it. But it doesn't seem to worry the other clubs who are lining up to talk to the star wide receiver about wearing their jerseys. Bottom line: Jackson will be fine. And that's a much better fate than what many young people get for running with the wrong crowd. Jail or death are more often the outcomes for them.
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March 23, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles have intensified their efforts to trade Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson in the last week, according to three independent NFL sources. While there have been earlier reports that teams reached out to inquire about Jackson, in several cases it has been the Eagles that have directly or indirectly shopped the wide receiver to gauge interest, two of the sources said. The team had no comment on Friday. The Eagles' marketing of Jackson leads to the near inevitable conclusion that he will not be with the team this season.
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April 14, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even before they released DeSean Jackson, it was clear the Eagles were likely to select a wide receiver in the draft in May. Now it is a necessity, although the Eagles won't have to stray from their promise to select the best available player. That's because - as general manager Howie Roseman said in February at the NFL combine - every round will have a receiver the team covets. The Jackson jettison just made it more probable the Eagles will expend an early-round selection on the position.
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April 6, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeSean Jackson said that Chip Kelly told him of his release from the Eagles via a phone call, but that the coach didn't offer a specific reason other than to say that it was decision that was best for the team and the Pro Bowl wide receiver. "When he called me it was basically, like, 'We're moving forward. I think it's best for the team. I think it's best for yourself,' " Jackson said during an interview Friday conducted by and aired on ESPN. "At the same time, I was sitting there waiting for a reason why. " Jackson said that Kelly repeated that the Eagles were "moving forward" when he asked for a specific reason, and that the coach added: "We're going to go let you negotiate with 31 other teams.
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April 7, 2010 | Daily News Staff Report
After playing it straight with the press concerning the past and future of Donovan McNabb, star Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson yesterday dished to the radio station that pays him, 97.5-FM, "The Fanatic. " "It was time for a change," said Jackson - a shot, clearly, at McNabb. "We've got some young players here. I'm just excited about everything. " McNabb's criticism of the Eagles' young players in the regular-season loss in Dallas caused Jackson, in his second season, to bristle.
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April 11, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
DURING ITS offseason, NFL.com manufactures creative ways to keep readers interested. It's perfectly normal, and something the Daily News does every summer. We call it the Eagles' training-camp guide. Anyway, one of the things the NFL website did this spring was to put 64 of its greatest plays in a bracket and have readers vote on their favorites. The span went from Bill Osmanski's touchdown run in the 1940 championship game to Jacoby Jones' touchdown catch in the most recent Super Bowl.
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August 12, 2010
Poor Donovan McNabb. After one season with the best wide-receiving tandem he had as an Eagle, he gets traded to the Washington Redskins. Kevin Kolb will be the beneficiary of what has the potential to the top wide-receiver twosome in Eagles history. DeSean Jackson was a star from the start. Injuries made him the first rookie receiver to start a season opener under Andy Reid, but Jackson's six catches for 106 yards against the St. Louis Rams was a sign of things to come. Jackson set an Eagles rookie record with 62 catches and 912 receiving yards.
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April 14, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The public relations tour of Temple president Neil D. Theobald, which has been a train wreck in the last four months as the school clumsily dismantled some of its core varsity sports programs, took another wide turn last week when Theobald essentially accused the Eagles of extortion during lease negotiations between the school and its football stadium landlord. "They clearly believe we do not have a viable option," Theobald told the Chronicle for Higher Education on Wednesday, when he dropped a story that claimed the Eagles are demanding a doubling of the current rent and what amounts to a $12 million signing bonus for a lease extension that would take effect in 2018.
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April 14, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even before they released DeSean Jackson, it was clear the Eagles were likely to select a wide receiver in the draft in May. Now it is a necessity, although the Eagles won't have to stray from their promise to select the best available player. That's because - as general manager Howie Roseman said in February at the NFL combine - every round will have a receiver the team covets. The Jackson jettison just made it more probable the Eagles will expend an early-round selection on the position.
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April 10, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
THE THOUGHT at the time was that the Eagles did not want to be in a position where they had to draft a safety early. They had drafted for need, disastrously, near the end of Andy Reid's regime, and they did not want to do it again. That was general manager Howie Roseman's thinking when he spoke in late February at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis: "You don't want to force a position and you don't want to not take a position just because of what you have at the moment. You have to take the best player.
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April 6, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeSean Jackson said that Chip Kelly told him of his release from the Eagles via a phone call, but that the coach didn't offer a specific reason other than to say that it was decision that was best for the team and the Pro Bowl wide receiver. "When he called me it was basically, like, 'We're moving forward. I think it's best for the team. I think it's best for yourself,' " Jackson said during an interview Friday conducted by and aired on ESPN. "At the same time, I was sitting there waiting for a reason why. " Jackson said that Kelly repeated that the Eagles were "moving forward" when he asked for a specific reason, and that the coach added: "We're going to go let you negotiate with 31 other teams.
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April 6, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
GOSH, HE sure didn't look like a gang member, with the vest and the tie and the glasses and all . . . ESPN presented an interview yesterday evening, in which a professorially attired DeSean Jackson spoke with Stephen A. Smith. Eventually, it was more like DeSean Jackson trying to get a word in edgewise with Stephen A. Smith. Even for fans angry about Jackson's release by the Eagles and subsequent signing by the Redskins, Smith's extraordinarily pro-Jackson approach probably seemed over the top. He devoted several minutes to a flamboyant oration aimed at getting Jackson to say the Eagles planted the NJ.com story that alleged Jackson had "gang ties.
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April 4, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When Serena Williams of the United States won the gold medal for women's singles at the 2012 London Olympics - a 63-minute thrashing of Maria Sharapova - she was so overjoyed she broke into a brief dance right there on the fabled lawn of Wimbledon's center court. Because Williams is young and black, that moment turned into a short-lived story in which the dance was identified as "The Crip Walk" or "C-Walk," a move with origins tied to the notorious Los Angeles gang. In the 40-odd years it has been around, it has also become a line-dance staple of weddings and bar mitzvahs and the like, where it has been performed, usually badly, by a lot of white people.
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April 4, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was no introductory news conference for DeSean Jackson in Washington. At 12:55 p.m. Wednesday, about 12 hours after they agreed to a three-year contract, the Redskins posted a photo of Jackson on Twitter in team garb as he officially signed his deal. The Redskins have taken a similarly muted approach after acquiring other free agents this offseason. But getting one of the NFL's most dynamic playmakers, a castoff from a division rival, would seem to warrant a trumpet call.
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April 4, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
IN A WORLD where perception often collides with reality, the next big announcement should be that Chip Kelly has traded himself to the Washington Redskins. Think about it: They've got a quarterback who can make plays with his feet, and now by adding DeSean Jackson to an offense that already includes wide receiver Pierre Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed, downfield weapons who will make fully operational that up-tempo, 100-play-a-game offense that Kelly was supposed to have installed here last season.
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April 4, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
DESEAN JACKSON called getting released by the Eagles "a challenging situation to be in," in a radio interview yesterday, and he added, "easily, it can make or break somebody. But I feel I'm very tough, and I'm at that point in my career where it's not going to do nothing but bring out the better in me. " Jackson didn't discuss what he thought led to the team's extraordinary action, either while talking to Washington's ESPN 980 or earlier, in a media conference call in which only Washington-area reporters were allowed to ask questions.
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April 4, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
CRIS CARTER either has a bad memory, or is a hypocrite. You make the call. Yesterday, Carter directed a tweet at DeSean Jackson that read: "@DeseanJackson10 congrats Bro. Praying this is the 2nd biggest mistake @Eagles made in their history by cutting their best WR. #2ndchances" It was 24 years ago that Buddy Ryan cut Carter. Like Jackson, Carter was coming off a great season, with 45 receptions and 11 touchdowns. Unlike Jackson - unless the Eagles know something we don't - Carter had major substance-abuse issues, struggling with alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and marijuana.
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