The Philadelphia Eagles made perhaps the most surprising decision of the entire off-season on Friday. On Friday, the Eagles announced that they have released three-time pro bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
The reasons why the Eagles released Jackson on Friday remains unclear. The Eagles decision to release Jackson comes shortly after a report highlighted potential gang-affiliation for Jackson to gang-members in California. Though, it is worth mentioning that Jackson has never been in trouble with the law during his NFL-career.
The 27-year old Jackson instantly becomes the top offensive player to be on the free agent market this off-season. With the Eagles last season, Jackson tallied 1,332 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns on 82 receptions. Jackson will likely start his market at $12 million per season. Jackson was set to earn $12.8 million with the Eagles in 2014.
Jackson is not a fit for the Bears. The Chicago Tribune reported on Friday that the Bears are not interested in Jackson at this time. The report suggests that Jackson’s asking price is likely the main reason why the Bears will not be involved in his sweepstakes though the report also questions the idea that the team would be interested in Jackson’s character.
With two pro bowl wide receivers already on the roster in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, the Bears do not have a need at the wide receiver position. Though, the Bears may look to draft a wide receiver during the middle rounds of the upcoming draft in order to increase competition at the slot receiver spot with Marquess Wilson.