Eagles Release WR DeSean Jackson In Wake Of Gang Affiliation Allegations
PHILADELPHIA (CBSLA.com/AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have released wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
The team cut Jackson on Friday in wake of a report on NJ.com saying the team was concerned with his association with reputed Los Angeles street gang members who have been connected to homicides, according to CBSSports.com.
LAPD Lt. Eric Crosson said Jackson is not a suspect in any murders and is not believed to be a gang member.
He was coming off a career-best season in Philadelphia, leading the team with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
Jackson, who was signed through 2016, had a $10.25 million contract for the 2014 season, a stiff price the Eagles were not willing to pay.
He has 356 career receptions for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns. Jackson is entering his seventh season.
The 27-year-old grew up in Southern California and attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School. He went to the University of California, Berkeley on a scholarship where he was a two-time consensus All-American.
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