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'A shove in my face:' DeSean opens up on getting cut by Chip Kelly

'A shove in my face:' DeSean opens up on getting cut by Chip Kelly

We all thought it was nuts when the Eagles released DeSean Jackson six years ago.

Just imagine how DeSean felt. 

Jackson went into detail on the end of his first stint with the Eagles on teammate Lane Johnson's Instagram Live show called "Outside the Lane."

The Eagles released Jackson on March 28, 2014, right after NJ.com reported that the team was concerned about Jackson’s ties to friends back in California who were allegedly gang members. 

Although Chip Kelly wasn’t general manager yet, it was no secret Kelly didn’t like Jackson and was behind his release.

Jackson hadn't publicly gone into detail about those events, but he did in his conversation with Johnson.


Honestly, bro, the past is the past, but I will say when I was released by the Eagles it was definitely a shove in my face, you know?” he said. “The story that was made up and the reason behind it was hard for me to respect. I would have respected it a lot more, man, if they would have just came to me and just told me basically it’s a money issue or we’re going a different route. But no, you want to come up and say I’m a hoodlum and I’m doing all this crazy (stuff)? That (stuff) was personal to me.

Jackson was coming off his best season as a pro when the Eagles released him.

He had caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 and at 27 years old was in his prime. In just six years, he was already fourth in franchise history in receiving yards, behind only Harold Carmichael, Pete Retzlaff and Mike Quick. 

And just like that he was gone.

“We were like, ‘What the hell’s going on around here?” Johnson remembers saying.

Jackson was suddenly a free agent, and revenge was on his mind.

I remember the Redskins were one of the teams that hopped in and was really trying to sign me because of all the damage I did to them earlier in my career,” Jackson said. “(Owner) Dan Snyder personally sent me his private jet. I was in L.A. and he sent me his private jet, he was like, ‘Get on the plane and we’ll figure out the contract.’ RG3 actually came to my house in Calabasas and he was like, ‘Man, please bro, just come play with me.’ I just wanted to go play against y’all twice a year. I’m staying in the division because I want them to see me twice a year. … I was going to let them see what they were missing out on.

Jackson quickly signed with the Redskins and caught 20 passes for 440 yards in five games against the Eagles over the next three years. 

After two years in Tampa he rejoined the Eagles last year and had two long touchdowns in the opener before missing all but a few snaps the rest of the season.

Nobody in history has ever had more 60-yard touchdowns for the Eagles (9) and nobody has ever had more 60-yard touchdowns against the Eagles (3).

Jackson opened up with Johnson on a lot of topics in their 34-minute interview. It’s a fun listen. 

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The Eagles all-time team: Fletcher Cox and Jerome Brown are no-brainers at defensive tackle

The Eagles all-time team: Fletcher Cox and Jerome Brown are no-brainers at defensive tackle

In the next few weeks, we will be unveiling our all-time Eagles team. 

We enlisted the help of Eagles reporters Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro, Quick Slants hosts Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks and Quick Slants producer Mike Mulhern for voting. 

We asked each person to rank their top five players at 16 different positions. A 1st-place vote was worth five points, a 2nd-place vote was worth four, and so on. 

Up today: Defensive tackle 

Complete voting: 

1. Fletcher Cox: 23
2. Jerome Brown: 22
3. Andy Harmon: 10
4. Floyd Peters: 7
5. Charlie Johnson: 6
6. Carl Hairston: 4
7. Corey Simon: 2
8. Hollis Thomas: 1

The breakdown: Cox got three first-place votes and Brown got the other two. Those two players completely ran away with it. 

Did we get it right? Absolutely. Cox and Brown are by far the two best defensive tackles in team history. Not long ago, Roob wrote about the similarities between the two

Cox is in the middle of what should end up being a Hall of Fame career. He’s made the last five Pro Bowls and was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2010s. While his sack numbers aren’t incredible, there are few players in the league as disruptive as Cox. And Brown was just as dominant before his death in 1992. He was an All-Pro in 1990 and 1991 and it seemed like his was on a Hall of Fame path after his first five seasons in the NFL.

Complete team: 

We will fill in the team as we go. 

QB: Donovan McNabb 
RB: LeSean McCoy 
WR: Harold Carmichael 
WR: Mike Quick
WR: Tommy McDonald
TE: Zach Ertz 
OT: Jason Peters
OT: Lane Johnson 
OG: Brandon Brooks 
OG: Bucko Kilroy 
C: Jason Kelce 

DT: Fletcher Cox
DT: Jerome Brown 

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Washington football team is officially retiring its name

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Washington football team is officially retiring its name

In a statement on Washington Redskins letterhead that uses the offensive word “Redskins” seven times, the Washington NFL franchise announced Monday morning as expected that it is “retiring” the team name that’s been in use since 1932.

The team has not announced its new name, although considering the 2020 season is scheduled to begin in a month and a half, they will presumably need to do that very quickly.

On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team's name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward. Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review.

"Dan Snyder and Coach (Ron) Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.

Among the choices owner Dan Snyder is expected to consider for the team’s new name are Redtails and Warriors.

The name Redtails honors the World War II Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American Army and Air Force fighter pilots. Their P-47 Thunderbolt jets were painted with red tails.

For years, Snyder steadfastly refused to consider changing the name and logo from a word that’s offensive to Native Americans and perpetuates racist stereotypes. 

"We'll never change the name of the team," Snyder told USA Today in 2013. "It's that simple. Never. You can use caps."

Not until he came under intense pressure from big-money sponsors, including Nike and FedEx, did Snyder finally agree to the historic name change.

The team's current name dates back 87 years.

The NFL Boston Braves franchise was founded in 1932 and one year later moved to Fenway Park, which it shared with the baseball franchise of the same name. To avoid confusion, owner George Preston Marshall changed the name to Redskins. The franchise moved to Washington in 1937 and kept the name.

Marshall, who owned the franchise until his death in 1969, refused to allow Black players on the roster until 1962, which made the team the last in the NFL to integrate. 

Not until U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy threatened to rescind the team's lease at city-owned RFK Stadium did Marshall finally allow the team's roster to be integrated.

Last month, team officials removed Marshall's name from the Redskins Ring of Honor at FedEx Field, and a statue of Marshall was removed from RFK Stadium by city officials after it was vandalized.

Native American groups have been protesting the franchise’s name for more than 30 years.

In 1991, there were organized protests against the Atlanta Braves and Redskins over their team names and logos, according to an Associated Press story. The story quoted Clyde Bellecourt, director of a group called the American Indian Movement, which organized protests outside Braves and Redskins games.

"It's a racist term," Bellecourt told the AP in October of 1991. "We're not thin-skinned, this just makes a mockery of uses a people and of our culture."

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