Skip to comments.DeSean Jackson signing risky at best
Posted on 04/02/2014 6:58:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Forget for one minute all the recent questions about DeSean Jackson's life off the field, the most scandalous of which have yet to be substantiated. Let's also not spend much time debating the arrogance that led Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly to believe his offense didn't need its best wide receiver anymore. The most interesting aspect of Jackson's new three-year deal with the Washington Redskins has little to do with those things. Instead, it has everything to do with a franchise that has been largely dysfunctional ever since Daniel Snyder purchased it in 1999.
Anybody who thinks Jackson's arrival in Washington is destined to be a roaring success is in need of a serious reality check. He's a highly emotional player with a history of losing his focus and driving coaches crazy with his mood swings. Jackson became a star in the NFL because his first head coach -- Andy Reid, now with the Kansas City Chiefs -- knew how to relate to one of the most explosive talents in the league today. Jackson also became expendable in Philadelphia, after his best statistical season, because Kelly doesn't have much interest in going out of his way to do the same.
The question the Redskins have to answer today is whether they have the requisite leadership to get the best out of Jackson... Their new head coach, former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, hasn't even met his entire team yet. Their star quarterback, Robert Griffin III, went from being a media darling to an alleged diva in about the same time it takes him to cover 40 yards. Finally, there's Snyder, a man who runs through coaches the way George Clooney runs through girlfriends, and rarely hits it big when signing a star free agent.
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There was more proof against Richard Jewell. Philadelphia was happy to have known dirtbags like Riley Cooper and Michael Vick on the team.
That’s why I think his departure from the Eagles has nothing to do with the off-the-field rumors and everything to do with his immaturity and piss-poor sense of discipline. You don’t win with the NFL version of Allen Iverson on your roster.
The kid’s got talent though. One of my favorite plays was when he ran back a punt return against the Giants. I think the Beagles scored like 20 points in the last 3 minutes of the game.
his attitude and personal makeup is so typical of inner city culture today.
Riley Cooper a dirt bag? Why is that?
I love Riley Cooper.
I was at that game and made the mistake of hosting some of my friends who happen to be Eagles fans - they still remind me of it and I still hate him and that day.
What is the off-field rumor?
He was questioned by the police a couple of times about gang-related crimes out in California. Nothing of substance ever game of it, but if you do a Google search on “DeSean Jackson, Crips” you might find a few interesting links.
Can’t be worse - I’m still reeling from the Eagle’s 4th-and-26 play as a Packers fan.
His talent is speed. Otherwise, there’s not much to his game.
I think Chip Kelly saw him as a rapidly depreciating asset who caused more trouble than he was worth. His old teammates certainly had no problem with watching him walk away. That speaks volumes about his impact on the locker room.
With the Eagles adding Sproles, Maclin and a high draft pick (1st or 2nd round WR) to the offense,scoring points won’t be a problem. As long as Foles performs.
He’s a fine receiver, and he’s only going to get better.
He seems like a nice enough kid, too. I couldn’t care less about something he blurted out when he had too much to drink one night. The fact that people are still bringing it up almost a year later is proof positive that we’re living in the age of insanity.
I think the media is going to put pressure on the Redskins over their name this year and it will start by talking down the people on the team and anything else they can come up with. Yes, Snyder is a jerk and has no business making football decisions but now they will pile on with any other rumor or smear they can come up with.
Connections to the crips. On Twitter, he openly supported a gang member in prison for killing a kid in a drive-by. The killer was a rapper on Jackson's record label.
He was also fond of flashing gang signs on the field.
If I'm running the team and investing tens of millions of dollar in these kids, that pic alone is reason enough for me to let him walk.
Well, since the Bullets changed their names to the Wizards, there hasn’t been any gun crimes in the DC area, so I think DeSean will do fine.
A defunctional player signing with a defunctional team.
A drunken left wing racist? Pass.
Where does the left-wing part come from?
Oh yea, that is worse, I remember that play and was rooting for Green Bay that game, how the hell did they give up so many yards? If I remember correctly, it was also a generous spot after the catch - you guys woulda beat the Panthers the next weekend - one play - jeez........
DJ may be a jerk or worse but I’ve followed all his seasons. For all this going on about him now, in 7 years I don’t think any of this ever affected his play. He was a special talent nor did I ever hear that he so disrupted any locker room. Suddenly it’s as if he was a 7 year nightmare. Just not true.
I think $16 million is guaranteed.
Unless something new comes out I think it was all about the Eagles getting out of his high salary. But anything is possible.
He has a new Boss and I agree with Chip.He was giving Crips signs.Long ago I had to deal with this and fired everyone on camera who gave the sign.They still got us and closed all the exits and beat parents and kids.Crips called me and told me they did it.:)
One does not have to be a “7 year nightmare” to be a dysfunctional
player. He is a dysfunctional player who signed with a dysfunctional
team and a dysfunctional team owner.
Once again, perfect match.
How much money Snyder is irrelevant. What is relevant -- I know this, I'm a Cowboys fan -- is how much cap space he takes up.
I believe it was Chip Kelly’s call. Among many other things, I’m sure he didn’t like having that much cap space allocated to an undersized, one-dimensional speedster going into his seventh year in the league.
And the next year we (the Giants) won the SB.
He is this year’s Terrell Owens
This is the guy who spiked the ball before crossing the goalline?
As a Cowboys fan I’m thrilled that he’s with the Skins. Two birds with one stone.
“I think Chip Kelly saw him as a rapidly depreciating asset who caused more trouble than he was worth. His old teammates certainly had no problem with watching him walk away. That speaks volumes about his impact on the locker room.”
I agree with the points you make but the Eagles should have worked out a deal for DeSean before free agency signings began. To wait until the entire league spent to the Cap Limits and THEN try to shop one of the most expensive WR contracts was sheer stupidity.
They got nothing tangible in return.
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