DeSean Jackson suddenly hit the free agent market today with news that the Philadelphia Eagles had released the three-time Pro Bowl receiver. Could the Miami Dolphins be interested in him? Use this as your open thread to argue for or against Jackson.
Before you get into your full debate, we take a quick (and I mean QUICK) look at the good, the bad, and the ugly with Jackson.
The Good: A three-time Pro Bowl receiver who reached career highs in yards, recepions, and touchdowns last year.
The Bad: He's going to want to get paid - and, while the Dolphins have the salary cap space, it would be a lot to tie into the wide receiver position with him and Mike Wallace.
The Ugly: Skipped meetings. Lack of wotk ethic. Bad attitude. And gang connections. While a lot of it is circumstantial, and Jackson was never charged in anything, those are pretty ugly. Read this NJ.com article for the full details.
Jackson released the following statement, which does deny the gang allegations:
"First I would like to thank the Eagles organization, the Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia for my time in Philly. I would also like to thank coach Andy [Reid] for bringing me in. Secondly, I would like to address the misleading and unfounded reports that my release has anything to do with any affiliation that has been speculated surrounding the company I keep off of the field. I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang. I am not a gang member and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible. I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values. I am proud of the accomplishments that I have made both on and off the field. I have worked tirelessly to give back to my community and have a positive impact on those in need. It is unfortunate that I now have to defend myself and my intentions. These reports are irresponsible and just not true . I look forward to working hard for my new team. God Bless."