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With free agency coming, Eagles fans were very nice to DeSean Jackson

With free agency coming, Eagles fans were very nice to DeSean Jackson

During the last two seasons, Eagles fans have booed DeSean Jackson, loudly. In Sunday's Redskins win in Philadelphia, the home crowd was quite kind to the pending free agent. 

"It's interesting, first time ever," Jackson said of not being booed as a visitor at Lincoln Financial Field.

Of course, Jackson's warm reception comes as rumors of the Eagles wanting their former star receiver back heat up. Before and after the game, many fans and stadium personnel warmly greeted Jackson, who played the first six years of his career in Philly. 

"Who wants to get booed? Especially all you've done, started your career somewhere so you definitely don't want to get booed. It's always great to get support regardless of who it's coming from," Jackson said after the game. 

If the Eagles fans were trying to court Jackson back to their team, the receiver gave them plenty of reason to want him. He had three catches for 102 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown bomb that showed off both his speed and ball tracking ability.

With rookie QB Carson Wentz looking like a future Pro Bowler, but an offense that lacks firepower at wideout, signing Jackson would make a lot of sense for the Eagles. Add in that former Eagles coach Chip Kelly - the man most responsible for Jackson's ugly exit from Philly in the first place - is now coaching the 49ers, Jackson likes new coach Doug Pederson, and it's easy to see momentum building around the idea of DeSean's return to the City of Brotherly Love. 

Walking around the field pregame, one familiar refrain came from the stands towards Jackson, "come home." In fact, after the long TD, fans were even chanting for Jackson to return to Philadelphia. 

While the Redskins can certainly re-sign Jackson, other teams will absolutely pursue the free agent to be. And Washington GM Scot McCloughan has plenty of decisions to make between Jackson, WR Pierre Garçon, and DL Chris Baker among other pending free agents - and that's without even mentioning the contract requirements for quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

Smartly, Jackson is taking a wait and see approach. After a slow start to the season, Jackson is heating up of late, catching long passes in each of the last three games and again showing the NFL how dangerous he can be.

"We'll see what happens, you'll never know how it will play out."

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Patriots release controversial WR Antonio Brown after just 11 days

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Patriots release controversial WR Antonio Brown after just 11 days

The Antonio Brown Era in New England is over.

Brown, one of the most prolific wide receivers to ever play in the NFL, was released by the Patriots Friday afternoon, just 11 days after signing with the team.

Shortly after his release from the Raiders, which preceded his signing in New England, reports surfaced of sexual assault allegations being levied at Brown. The receiver was facing charges of rape from a former trainer, and it was initially unclear how much the Patriots knew about prior to his signing.

Brown did end up playing in Week 2, his first opportunity with the Patriots, in Miami. He caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, in addition to rushing the ball once for a five-yard gain.

Late Thursday night, additional reports surfaced of intimidating texts sent by Brown to someone involved in his court case. Less than a day later, the receiver tweeted a farewell to his now former team.

Minutes later, the Patriots announced they had parted ways with Brown. 

The team released the following statement: “The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”

The investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Brown remains ongoing at this time.

The Redskins will host the Patriots in Week 5 of the 2019 NFL season.

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Jonathan Allen says '100 percent' chance he plays Monday night but questions remain for Redskins

Jonathan Allen says '100 percent' chance he plays Monday night but questions remain for Redskins

Jonathan Allen declared himself "100 percent" in for the Redskins Monday night game against the Bears. That's great news, except Allen might not have the final say in the matter.

The Redskins defensive captain and third-year defensive tackle sprained his knee Week 1 in Philadelphia and wanted to return in that game. He didn't, and subsequently, missed Week 2 against Dallas too. Washington head coach Jay Gruden explained that the team has to protect Allen, a fierce competitor, against himself. He doesn't want to miss any action, even if resting his injured knee might be the most prudent course. 

Asked what would happen if the medical staff tried to prevent him from playing in Monday's contest, Allen did not really respond but rather shake his head. 

Elsewhere on the team, there doesn't seem to be as much good news on the injury front.

The news on cornerback Quinton Dunbar doesn't seem encouraging.

"I don’t know about Dunbar. He was struggling a bit today," Gruden said after practice. The cornerback injured his knee against Philly and missed the Cowboys game. It would take some serious progress for Dunbar to play Monday night. 

The news seems even more concerning with tight end Jordan Reed. He hasn't played since sustaining a concussion in the third preseason game, and this week he practiced on Wednesday but didn't make it out on the field Thursday or Friday. At this point, the Redskins seem wise to move forward without Reed in the game plan as he works his way back from the concussion protocol. 

Further down the line, cornerback Fabian Moreau looks like he is tracking to return to the field against Chicago while questions keep popping up around safety Montae Nicholson. Gruden said Nicholson's absence was mainly for rest.