NFL notebook: Eagles cut ties with WR DeSean Jackson
DeSean Jackson went from the trading block to the chopping block.
Jackson is out in Philly — just as Mark Sanchez was on his way into town.
Unable to find a taker on the trade market, the Eagles released him, ending the Pro Bowl wide receiver's six-year stint with the team. His playmaking days are over in Philly, and the tailspin from key cog to unexpected free agent comes with a hint that off-field issues are at the root of the split.
Jackson thanked the Eagles organization and fans in a statement Friday, and also denied “unfounded reports” that he was released for any reason related to his lifestyle.
“I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang,” Jackson said. “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.”
Before releasing Jackson, the Eagles announced they had signed Sanchez. Bounced out of New York after the Jets signed Michael Vick last week, Sanchez moved down turnpike to Philadelphia in what essentially was a swap with Vick.
Jackson was coming off a career-best season in Philadelphia, leading the team with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. He had a $10.25 million contract for the 2014 season and was signed through 2016.
“After careful consideration over this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson,” the Eagles said in a statement.
The Eagles had no other comment. Jackson's agent, Joel Segal, did not immediately return a request for comment.
Jackson has 356 career receptions for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns. He's a dangerous returner who went to the Pro Bowl in 2009 after taking two punts the distance. Jackson has four career scores on punt returns, including the memorable 65-yard game-ending return to cap a comeback win over the New York Giants in 2010.
The 27-year-old receiver is entering his seventh NFL season.
The Eagles had been put out feelers that Jackson was available. Coach Chip Kelly refused to commit on Jackson's return at this week's NFL meetings.
Raiders ink RB Maurice Jones-Drew
Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew is coming back home to Oakland after signing a three-year contract with the Raiders.
Jones-Drew returns to his native Bay Area after spending his first eight seasons with Jacksonville and starring in college at UCLA.
Jones-Drew was hampered by injuries and poor play his final two seasons with the Jaguars. He had 8,071 yards rushing and 68 touchdowns for Jacksonville but was hampered by injuries the past two seasons. That led the Jaguars to let him test the market in free agency after his five-year, $31 million contract expired.
After more than two weeks on the open market, Jones-Drew finally found a new home in a familiar place. Jones-Drew was born in Oakland and starred at nearby De La Salle high school.
He has gotten hurt the past two seasons when playing the Raiders in Oakland. He missed the final 10 games in 2012 after injuring his left foot at the Coliseum. He strained a tendon in the same foot when playing the Raiders this past season.
After ranking second in the NFL with 4,321 yards rushing in a three-year span from 2009-11, Jones-Drew has been limited to 1,217 yards in 21 games the past two seasons. He averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry last season.
Redskins sign ex-Pitt OL McGlynn
The Redskins signed free agent offensive lineman Mike McGlynn.
McGlynn can play center and both guard positions. The former fourth-round draft pick out of Pitt has started 48 games over five NFL seasons with the Eagles, Bengals and Colts.
McGlynn is expected to add depth to a line that allowed 43 sacks last year, and possibly contend for a starting job. The Redskins recently signed free agent Shawn Lauvao to play left guard and released center Will Montgomery. They plan to move Kory Lichtensteiger from left guard to center, while keeping Chris Chester at right guard.
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