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DeSean Jackson released by Philadelphia Eagles, ex-teammate lauds move

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The Philadelphia Eagles released wide receiver DeSean Jackson on Friday, according to the team’s official Twitter feed. 

The former Cal star was due to make $10.5 million in 2014 after signing a five-year, $30 million deal two years earlier, but none of the salary is guaranteed, meaning the Eagles will not take a cap hit. 

The move also means that fans in Philadelphia won’t have an opportunity to see how good Jackson can become with more familiarity of head coach Chip Kelly’s new offense and more continuity at quarterback. 

Opinions vary on how many teams are interested in the playmaker, who notched 82 receptions and 1,332 yards. He is a bona fide star in the league, but the fact the Eagles were willing to part ways with him without any compensation is an indictment on how troublesome he is off the field and in the locker room. 

How toxic is he? His former center, Jason Kelce, tweeted this shortly after the news became official on Friday: 

 

According to a report from ESPN’ live broadcast of SportsCenter, the Eagles were troubled by Jackson’s alleged ties to gangs, though the 27-year-old has denied he’s ever been part of a gang. 

In any case, it’s a fascinating development figuring to get more interesting in the coming days as teams begin to mull bringing him in. The San Francisco 49ers have been rumored to be interested, and Jim Harbaugh is thought to be a coach capable of handing a volatile personality such as Jackson. 

In addition, Jackson may be amiable to returning  to the area where he starred collegiately in Berkeley. 

The Eagles will move on without him, and likely see Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper start out wide. 

A Los Angeles native and high school graduate of powerhouse Long Beach Poly, Jackson has career numbers of 356 receptions with 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns through the air in addition to 57 rushing attempts for 373 yards and three scores. 

The wideout posted this on his Instagram account on Friday as an assumed reaction to the news: 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.