Eagles Shocked The World By Cutting DeSean Jackson in 2014

Published on April 9th, 2024 11:21 am EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

DeSean Jackson during his days with the Eagles. In 2013, wide receiver DeSean Jackson posted the best season of his young career. 126 receptions, 1,332 yards and 9 touchdowns.

At the age of 27, Jackson was in his prime and had established himself as one of the most dynamic receivers in the league.

In 2014, the Philadelphia Eagles cut DeSean Jackson and received NOTHING back for him.

This is still one of the most bizarre moves in the history of the NFL.


The 2013 Philadelphia Eagles finished the season with a record of 10-6, but were established as one of the most dynamic offenses in the league.

The team had Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper, just to name a few.

Jackson was clearly one of the most dynamic pieces of the offense, as he led the team in receiving by a mile.

Chip Kelly was the head coach of the Eagles, and rumors were rampant that Kelly and Jackson didn't get along.

On March 28th, 2014, the Eagles shocked the world by cutting Jackson prior to the start of the official 2014 season.

Eagles fans couldn't believe it - how could the Eagles part ways with Jackson, and how could they get NOTHING in return for him?


A few days later, Jackson signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Washington Redskins.

Jackson would post two 1,000+ seasons with the Redskins before making his way to Tampa Bay later in his career.


There were rumors floated after Jackson's release that the team cut him due to "gang ties". This was a rumor that was mentioned in a couple of different publications.

Some believe that Kelly and Jackson simply did not get along, and that the "gang ties" story was floated after the fact to make the Eagles look better.

One thing is for sure - cutting an effective wide receiver in his prime and getting nothing back for him was a bad look for the Eagles organization.

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