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April

Cory’s Corner: Shape up or ship out, just ask DeSean Jackson

The Eagles shocked the NFL when they decided to cut bait with DeSean Jackson last week.

Philadelphia was willing to just let a three-time Pro Bowler, who has the wheels to turn any game upside down, walk without getting anything in return.

DeSean Jackson is a three-time Pro Bowler and has averaged 15 yards a reception for the last five years.

DeSean Jackson is a three-time Pro Bowler and has averaged 15 yards a reception for the last five years.

And the reason was because of Jackson’s alleged connection to gangs. The Eagles won the NFC East last year mainly because of the way first-year coach Chip Kelly utilized offensive weapons like Jackson and now they’re telling him to hit the road?

It is definitely a new age in the NFL. I’m not saying that teams will not be lining up for Jackson’s sports car speed, because Jackson will be signed, and probably at a discount, to a contender like San Francisco or Seattle.

But how many times did you see teams willing to part ways with a player and not get anything in return? And here’s the kicker: Jackson didn’t do anything wrong. He was not prosecuted legally and he wasn’t in any other trouble.

Yet, the Eagles did the right thing. After the Aaron Hernandez situation blew up in the Patriots’ faces, you can bet that teams are going to use every available resource to find out dirt about their players. New England wasted a fourth round pick on a budding superstar that may end up behind bars.

The question has been asked if the Packers should go after Jackson. I really don’t see a need. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are better and more consistent. The only way the Packers even think about Jackson is if they suddenly get the feeling that they cannot sign both Nelson and Cobb — which shouldn’t happen.

The Eagles sent a strong message to the rest of the NFL when they opted to just pop the pimple and move on with the risk of scarring. As opposed to throwing ailments and other things at it, hoping that it would eventually clear up.

Most teams are willing to live with questionable off-the-field behavior as long as you continue to perform on gameday. The line between winning and losing in the NFL is that razor thin that teams would rather just look the other way.

But it’s not like misbehaving is a new concept in the NFL. The San Diego Union-Tribune keeps an NFL arrest database dating back to Jan. 24, 2000. They are up to 685 arrests already.

There’s something to be said about guys coming into the league and not understanding whom they are. They have a misunderstanding just as to how much money they are making and how each decision they make can have tremendous consequences.

If this didn’t wake up Jackson, which I don’t think it will, I believe it woke up the rest of his NFL buddies. Players who associate with questionable characters should now start to look themselves in the mirror.

This past season, Forbes valued the Eagles at $1.314 billion. The NFL has always been popular. But this is a money-hungry renaissance. Players and teams are making more money than ever before in a league that might be a tad too oversaturated.

And wherever there’s money, image isn’t far behind. In order to please advertisers and other suits, teams are willing to bend over backwards. That may hurt the standings, while keeping the bottom line secure.

Let this be a warning to all college athletes with visions of grandeur. If you’re planning on getting paid to wear the shield, you better clean up your act. Identify anyone who you shouldn’t be hanging out with and hit the reset button.

Otherwise, you risk getting kicked to the curb.

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Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn

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13 Responses to “Cory’s Corner: Shape up or ship out, just ask DeSean Jackson”

  1. Several things make it shocking, mostly that it leaves $6 million in dead money due to his contract and Philly loses a young player who is extremely talented and productive for no return. TT almost certainly won’t and shouldn’t have any interest, even though as a released player Jackson wouldn’t count against compensatory picks. It might not wake up Jackson though, since my guess is he does not end up losing any money after some team inevitably signs him.

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    • Savage57 says:

      It’s obvious that Chip Kelly, like George Bush before him, ‘hates black people’.

      I heard he’s a good guy. Stephen A. Smith said so, so it has to be true.

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  2. Razer says:

    Is this gang thing a real thing or media sizzle? With my sources (none), I imagine that DeSean locker roomed himself out of a job. It is more likely that his head couldn’t fit into the room, his work habits were a problem or his attitude didn’t fit Chip Kelly’s system. To roll this back to a fuzzy connection to gangs seems strange.

    Given that few, if any, of his teammates are coming to his side, you got to wonder why you would want this guy. He has a big season and they cut him tells you that something beyond money is wrong. Perhaps they should have Terrell Owens talk to him.

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  3. Big T says:

    Kudos to the Eagles for taking out the trash. Green Bay will have no interest in this gang banger. He is a malignant tumor and will continue to grow and destroy whatever team feeds him…

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  4. NYPACKER says:

    As the greatest coach used to say “I will tolerate you, until I can replace you”

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  5. Since '61 says:

    My sense on this is that the Eagles asked Jackson to clean up his alleged gang activities and that he has not complied. I live in NJ and the Philly sports news has been on this for a while. Rumors have it that Jackson is linked to murder investigations (plural). No charges have been brought to date so maybe it’s nothing or maybe he just has some knowledge. In any case the Eagles have done the right thing. I have said for a long time there is no room for criminals in any sport. It is a privilege to play in the NFL not a right. 685 arrests since 2000, per Cory is a disturbing number, at least for me. Any team that is considering signing Jackson should do their due diligence and check with the Eagles and the league as to why he was released. I am confident that the Packers will stay away. Except for TE they don’t need another skill player right now and even so they are better off with a clean player coming out of the draft. If another team does sign him it will speak to their desperation to win and sell tickets. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since ’61

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  6. Big T says:

    Some team should hurry up and sign him before he goes to prison on murder charges

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  7. GBPDAN says:

    “The Eagles sent a strong message to the rest of the NFL when they opted to just pop the pimple and move on with the risk of scarring. As opposed to throwing ailments and other things at it, hoping that it would eventually clear up”.

    Comparing Jackson to a festering zit is awesome

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  8. Chad Lundberg says:

    I absolutely applaud the Eagles organization for this!!! If every other team did this (Raiders, Bengals, and ESPECIALLY the Vikings) then humility would finally triumph over arrogance and stupidity in those puny little brains of these players!

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  9. palmda says:

    Don’t the packers have a guy that just got out of jail for selling drugs?

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