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DeSean Jackson signing risky at best
ESPN.com ^ | April 2, 2014, 5:56 PM ET | Jeffri Chadiha

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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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: andyreid; chipkelly; cincinnatibengals; danielsnyder; deseanjackson; jaygruden; kansascitychiefs; nfl; philadelphiaeagles; robertgriffiniii; washingtonredskins

1 posted on 04/02/2014 6:58:52 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

There was more proof against Richard Jewell. Philadelphia was happy to have known dirtbags like Riley Cooper and Michael Vick on the team.


2 posted on 04/02/2014 7:02:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

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.


3 posted on 04/02/2014 7:05:04 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: BenLurkin

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.


4 posted on 04/02/2014 7:06:13 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO WISCONSIN BADGERS GO!)
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To: All

his attitude and personal makeup is so typical of inner city culture today.


5 posted on 04/02/2014 7:11:44 PM PDT by willywill
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To: nickcarraway

Riley Cooper a dirt bag? Why is that?

I love Riley Cooper.


6 posted on 04/02/2014 7:12:30 PM PDT by Post5203 (For the first time in my life, I despise this country.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


7 posted on 04/02/2014 7:12:30 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: Alberta's Child

What is the off-field rumor?


8 posted on 04/02/2014 7:12:42 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph

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.


9 posted on 04/02/2014 7:14:29 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: capydick

Can’t be worse - I’m still reeling from the Eagle’s 4th-and-26 play as a Packers fan.


10 posted on 04/02/2014 7:16:41 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO WISCONSIN BADGERS GO!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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.


11 posted on 04/02/2014 7:23:03 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (If you don't stand up, you don't stand a chance.)
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To: Post5203

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.


12 posted on 04/02/2014 7:26:51 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (If you don't stand up, you don't stand a chance.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

LOL!


13 posted on 04/02/2014 7:27:07 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Alberta's Child
Thanks.

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.

14 posted on 04/02/2014 7:30:42 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph
What is the off-field rumor?

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.

15 posted on 04/02/2014 7:35:35 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (If you don't stand up, you don't stand a chance.)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

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.


16 posted on 04/02/2014 7:42:37 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: BenLurkin

A defunctional player signing with a defunctional team.
Perfect match.


17 posted on 04/02/2014 7:55:16 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

A drunken left wing racist? Pass.


18 posted on 04/02/2014 8:27:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Where does the left-wing part come from?


19 posted on 04/02/2014 8:34:14 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (If you don't stand up, you don't stand a chance.)
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To: BenLurkin
How is it risky? This isn't trading up for RG3 - the Skins didn't give away multiple high draft picks for Jackson. All they risk is Dan Snyder's money, and I'd guess he has plenty more where that came from. Jackson is one of the fastest players in the league and a play-maker - if he plays like it, you've acquired a great offensive weapon for nothing. If he's the slightest bit of trouble you throw him and his non-guaranteed contract out the door.

Anyway, all I've heard so far is some vague insinuations about gangs, along with a categorical denial by Jackson that he's ever been a gang member. Any GM refraining from signing Jackson because of whispers is a dolt - I wish the 49ers had signed him, and I'm glad they at least tried.
20 posted on 04/02/2014 8:38:08 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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........


21 posted on 04/02/2014 8:41:25 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: tennmountainman

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.


22 posted on 04/02/2014 8:53:37 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

I think $16 million is guaranteed.


23 posted on 04/02/2014 8:55:28 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Alberta's Child

Unless something new comes out I think it was all about the Eagles getting out of his high salary. But anything is possible.


24 posted on 04/02/2014 8:59:22 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Williams

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.:)


25 posted on 04/02/2014 9:02:20 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: tennmountainman

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.


26 posted on 04/02/2014 9:10:44 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
All they risk is Dan Snyder's money, and I'd guess he has plenty more where that came from

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.

27 posted on 04/02/2014 9:29:14 PM PDT by Pilsner
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To: Williams

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.


28 posted on 04/02/2014 9:39:19 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (If you don't stand up, you don't stand a chance.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

And the next year we (the Giants) won the SB.


29 posted on 04/02/2014 11:20:58 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Alberta's Child

He is this year’s Terrell Owens


30 posted on 04/03/2014 1:11:36 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

This is the guy who spiked the ball before crossing the goalline?


31 posted on 04/03/2014 3:43:17 AM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

As a Cowboys fan I’m thrilled that he’s with the Skins. Two birds with one stone.


32 posted on 04/03/2014 3:44:37 AM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

“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.


33 posted on 04/03/2014 3:59:28 AM PDT by Tallguy
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