Philadelphia Eagles' Release Of DeSean Jackson Will Hurt In 2014

By Ryan Ratty
DeSean Jackson
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It was reported Friday afternoon that the Philadelphia Eagles have released star receiver DeSean Jackson. A few weeks ago, there were rumors that the Eagles were going to trade Jackson. Then head coach Chip Kelly shot down the trade rumors. With rift starting to come about, the Eagles finally made the tough decision and ended up releasing Jackson.

Since being selected in the second round in the 2008 NFL Draft of the University of California, Jackson has been a monumental figure for this offense. The three-time Pro Bowler caught 91 touchdown passes during his six-year career with the Eagles. It’s going to be weird to see Jackson not wearing an Eagles jersey in 2014, but he has the ability to come in and improve an offense as early as Week 1 of the upcoming season.

Although he is only 5-foot-11, Jackson makes a big impact when he is on the field. It wasn’t too long ago when he brought this Eagles team to the playoffs on a punt return against the rival New York Giants. In Chip Kelly‘s fast-paced offense, Jackson flourished tremendously. He had career-highs in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. He lined up all over this place in this versatile offense, and he was the epitome of an offensive weapon in 2013 for Philadelphia.

The Eagles were able to re-sign Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, but that does not mean they will not miss Jackson and his production. A few weeks ago, the Eagles traded for Darren Sproles. By adding another versatile player like Sproles, many thought this offense could be the best in 2014. Nick Foles would have a ton of options to throw to, and the running game would be even better with the combination of LeSean McCoy and Sproles.

He may be inconsistent at times, but he has the Jack-of-all-trades trait that NFL offensive coordinators love. It shouldn’t be long until an NFL team signs Jackson. By releasing him, the Eagles will miss a player who stretches the field and creates opportunities for the players around him. Jackson was a perfect fit in this speed offense, but at the same time, the NFL is a business. It will be interesting to see how the Eagles do without Jackson in 2014. But as of now this move is an interesting one, and we will likely hear more about this story in the coming days.

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