The Eagles released Jackson because of suspicion that Jackson might have gang ties, allegations that Jackson strongly denies, and now one of the most explosive receivers in the NFL is on the open market. This is not a case of on-field production for Jackson who had the best statistical season of his career a year ago under first-year coach Chip Kelly. This is solely a character issue, and the next team who will employ Jackson will be equally concerned about DeSean Jackson the person as DeSean Jackson the player.
It’s hard to imagine that Jackson would allow himself to be associated with gang activity after making millions in the NFL and being a role model for children with NFL aspirations, but if he is, this should be a wakeup call be careful about the company he keeps. People deserve second chances; Bears fans see personally how Bears WR Brandon Marshall has turned his life around after a rough start to his NFL career. Although I believe it will not take long for Jackson to find a new home, it is a smart decision for the Bears not to pursue him.
If the Bears did end up signing Jackson it would provide a whole new dimension to the Bears offense. He could slide into the slot and give Jay Cutler another offensive threat to pitch the rock to. However, the Bears will do fine without adding another player that might come in and mess up the chemistry of the offense.
The Chicago Bears are in a good position right now. They have one of the most explosive offenses in the league and are building a defense that can be as good as any team in the NFL. Although adding another piece like Jackson can potentially put the Bears over the hump, with what Bears GM Phil Emery and Coach Marc Trestman is building in the Windy City, adding a player with question marks as big as Jackson’s is just too risky.