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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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April 4, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
A LOT of times in free agency, it is considered a grand slam if you can improve your team while simultaneously hurting one of your top rivals. With the unceremonious release of Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson last Friday, the Eagles had to suspect that one of their chief challengers in the NFC East would take the opportunity to swing for the fences against them. That's exactly what Washington did yesterday when it inked the mercurial Jackson, and that's a reference to both his blinding speed and unpredictable personality, to a 3-year contract worth $24 million, with $16 million guaranteed.
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April 4, 2014
I'M NOT going to win any friends with this column. Some will doubt my sincerity, others will think I've gone over to the dark side (and no pun intended when you figure out where I'm heading). In the past few weeks, we've lost two exceptional players from the team that - let's be honest - has the tightest hold on our civic hearts, the Eagles. One was a casualty of his aging body and free agency, and while it hurt some of us to see him go, the departure wasn't a sick-to-the-gut surprise.
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April 3, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Less than five days after the Eagles released DeSean Jackson, the Pro Bowl wide receiver signed a three-year contact with the Redskins, according to an NFL source. "It's going down!! Burgundy and Gold," Jackson posted on Twitter. Jackson's three-year contract for $24 million comes with $16 million fully guaranteed, a source confirmed. It is a good deal under tough circumstances. The agreement was reached late Tuesday night after a day of negotiations and days of speculation about where Jackson would land after the Eagles cut their top receiver.
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April 3, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Now that we've all moved on from the Total Freakout Stage of DeSean Jackson's departure from the Eagles - we have all moved on, right? - it's appropriate to examine just how they'll go about replacing him, if that's even the proper way to phrase it. Jackson caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns last season - gaudy numbers for any wide receiver and the best in his six-year career. In Chip Kelly's first season as head coach, the Eagles finished fourth in the NFL in points, second in total yards, third in net yards per pass attempt, and first in net yards per rushing attempt, and now that Jackson's gone, the impulse is to wonder how they can approximate such productivity.
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April 2, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
IT IS HARD to know what Chip Kelly thinks about his public reputation. He has done so little to cultivate the media that we are a fallow field at this point. We have become so used to the game and its accepted rules - coach comes in; coach whispers an occasional sweet nothing into a couple of ears; coach buys some degree of favor in anticipation of the next whisper, and on and on - that we do not know what to do. The nerve of the guy. So when DeSean Jackson happens, we flail away.
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April 2, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeSean Jackson took his act down I-95 to Washington, where the former Eagles wide receiver met with the Redskins on Monday. Jackson flew from his hometown of Los Angeles to Dulles International Airport, where he was met by camera crews from both Washington and Philadelphia. He was scheduled to have dinner with Redskins coaches, including new coach Jay Gruden, during the evening and meet with team officials and undergo a physical Tuesday. Jackson, 27, has been linked to several teams since the Eagles released him on Friday with little explanation, but the Redskins are the only team to schedule a visit.
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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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April 1, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Jeremy Maclin signed a one-year deal with the Eagles, he tried explaining how he would increase his value despite what seemed to be a surplus of offensive weapons. After the Eagles released DeSean Jackson, Maclin's one-year signing proved prescient. He is now the team's No. 1 receiver, poised to fill the role that spurred Jackson to the best season of his career. And it should only increase Maclin's value for a bigger payday. "I didn't really think about it," Maclin said Thursday at teammate Todd Herremans' charity event, hours before Jackson was released.
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