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Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.
Jackson was rumored to be on the trading blocks for weeks. On Monday, he said on Twitter that he would be staying with the Eagles after talking with Eagles coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles released a statement on Jackson’s release on Twitter.
After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 28, 2014
"After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today,” the Eagles statement said, USA Today notes.
Jackson was a second-round pick in 2008. This year would have been the third year of a five-year, $51 million contract he signed in 2012. Last year, Jackson had 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns, which either matched his career best or were his career best. He will finish his Eagles career with 356 receptions, 6,117 yards, and 39 touchdowns, according to NFL.com.
The Eagles are in good shape at the wide receiver position despite releasing Jackson. Last month, they completed new deals with Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.
Jackson’s future is unknown, but they are numerous teams that are interested in him. The San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, and the New England Patriots are interested in him.