It’s April 1 and there are a ton of fairy tales about precisely why DeSean Jackson is a free agent today. Hog Heaven turned to one of its most trusted blogging friends for some sanity on why DJax is on the street now.
Tom Jackson of Eagle Eye blog offers an insightful take.
“It appears that Chip Kelly is jettisoning all the big-money contracts of Eagles players left over from the Andy Reid era— once the guaranteed portions of the contracts expire.“Simple as that, really. It’s a Bill Belichick plug’n’play concept…nobody is going to be bigger than The System.“DeSean wanted to redo his current contract for much more guaranteed money over the next two years…and made public comments about it. Kelly and G.M. Howie Roseman responded by putting Djax on the trading block. There were no takers willing to assume his scheduled $10.5 million contract—so the Eagles released him.“It’s a tough business these days in the NFL— getting harder for most players to get guaranteed money beyond a 1-year deal.“Of course, DeSean didn’t help his value with his occasional spats with position coaches over the years or his distaste for downfield blocking. As for his reported association with SoCal gang activity? I think that stuff is overblown and largely fictional speculation. He has an interest in the music biz and hangs out with Jay-Z…no big deal.“As for pure football ability, he’s still got the NFL’s fastest breakaway speed in the open field and great hands. The Eagles will miss his big plays. He’s only 27. But to Chip Kelly, he is not a good fit for the “System”— well, at least not at $10.5 million guaranteed.”