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On Broken Wings


The crazy saga of DeSean Jackson took a weird twist today as the outspoken wide receiver was released by the Eagles, amidst reports he has gang ties, didn’t fit in the locker room, had a poor work ethic and was a general distraction to the football team. It’s rare to see a player with Jackson’s ability simply let go in their prime with a team getting nothing back in return. After all, he posted 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in a career season last year. However, the Eagles reportedly were so concerned about Jackson’s possible ties with gang activity and so fed up with his antics that they didn’t want to unload his problems on another team. You have to be careful what you believe, but the fact the Eagles got nothing for a Pro Bowl caliber receiver tells you quite a bit about his perception in league circles.

The move creates a ripple effect in dynasty leagues, so let’s investigate.

DeSean Jackson, WR FA


Jackson’s value is in total flux right now. On the good side, there are teams lining up already for his services. Unfortunately, his landing spot is unlikely to be as fruitful as it was in Philadelphia. Owners are going to need to take a wait and see approach on this and hope he lands in a good spot. The rumors of a reunion with Kansas City Head Coach Andy Reid and the thought of being paired with pop gun-armed Alex Smith is making any dynasty owner cringe at the moment.

There’s really not much more to say about the value of Jackson at the moment because we know everything we need to know – he’s an extremely talented player who has some maturity issues and no place to call home. If he can find a team with a solid coaching staff and make some better choices in his personal life, there’s a chance he could rise back up. If he can’t, we’re looking at a much younger distraction in the mold of Chad Ochocinco or Terrell Owens.

Dynasty owners of Jackson have to hold on tight and cross their fingers. You can’t trade him at the moment because you’ll get virtually nothing in return. Successful dynasty league owners are not ones for knee jerk reactions. Don’t go nuts here and stay patient.

Riley Cooper, WR PHI

It sure looks like Cooper is going to have a chance to earn his contract this season. With Jackson out of the mix, he and Jeremy Maclin look to be the starters for the Eagles this year. It remains to be seen if he can repeat his monster season, but he’ll get his chance.

Jeremy Maclin, WR PHI

The Eagles are going to really need him to show up healthy as he could very well lead the team in targets. His value jumps up a tick, but he’s on a one-year prove it deal anyway. Simply put, this is a pivotal year for Maclin and his dynasty value. The loss of Jackson just magnifies it.

LeSean McCoy, RB PHI

It’s possible the loss of Jackson allows defenses to focus more on McCoy, but I have my doubts anything really changes for him. A player like McCoy is going to get his touches no matter what.

Darren Sproles, RB PHI

Sproles could actually be the winner in this transaction as he does a lot of the same things Jackson does on short screen passes. He’s certainly no deep threat, but Jackson’s targets need to go somewhere and the combination of McCoy and Sproles look to get some of them. This could actually work in his favor.

Damaris Johnson, WR PHI

If there’s a sleeper wide receiver on the roster to keep an eye on, it’s probably Johnson. Track the moves of the Eagles closely. If they fail to add another receiver via free agency or the draft, Johnson could now have some sneaky dynasty value.

Nick Foles, QB PHI

The dream off-season for Foles comes to a screeching halt, but this is no time to panic. With all the players we’ve mentioned, along with tight end Zach Ertz in tow, Foles should still be poised to have a good season. This is in no way a crushing death blow to his value. Chip Kelly knows how to get his players in a position for success and he’ll do it with Foles.

The 2014 NFL Draft

Keep an eye on the Eagles in the draft now. Cooper and Maclin are both nice receivers, but Maclin is on a short deal and we still don’t know if Cooper’s season was a fluke. If the Eagles add Odell Beckham Jr. or Brandin Cooks, this would be a prime landing spot.


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  1. Bigrev13

    March 28, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Hahahahahahaha!! I love it! Guy had 1 great year some good ones and some mediocre ones. That’s what u get for being associated w gangs on the NFL level. He’s an idiot for subjecting himself to these people. I’m sure the Eagles will replace him easily w one of these stud rookie WRs this season. I’m glad he’s gone fly ex eagle fly lmao.

    • Slick

      March 28, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      good quick response by DLF. you didn’t mention how Ertz value is affected. I could see a slight uptick in his value as he could see more targets as well. Do you not see this is as likely?

      I definitely see Eagles drafting a WR in a strong class in 2nd or 3rd round. They may grab 2.

      I am a DeSean owner and wanted him to go to Carolina but gettleman has already nixed that idea. I am thinking SF or SEA may be best but he will probably end up with Jets (which is not too bad for a year with Vick and maybe Geno) or KC, which would be the worst as was mentioned.
      NE would be great but i dont see them doing that after hernandez.

      Just have to wait and see.

  2. SJ

    March 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I think Jaws said it best – in the C.Kelly offense, the role D.Jax played was the lynchpin for the system. You have to think with so much emphasis on speed and having that position set the precedent, the hit to the Eagles’ O has to be pretty major.

    I’m really interested to see what rookie they bring in to play that spot, because they have to. They certainly don’t have the person on the roster. Not with the extra speed, elusiveness and flexibility to play deep and short. I agree, B.Cooks is gonna be a obviously mock to the Eagles.

  3. bohicans

    March 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I’ve been wondering about Damaris Johnson. I thought we would have seen more from him last season. How about undrafted free agent sleepers? Should we be watching the Black Mamba?

  4. Greg

    March 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Wow. If B. Cooks were to get drafted by the Eagles I think he becomes the no doubt 1.03 in rookie drafts. Could make the 1.03 not such a bad place to be after all.

  5. alden

    March 28, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Wow talk about a weird way for things to end up. I know Jackson is a primadonna and the world is all about him, but Kelly has a lot to do with this as well. Collage coaches control everything, and Jackson didn’t fit that role. How do you let a player of that talent go. And belive me im not a owner of Jackson in any league. But it sure looks like he is being black balled on this one. Time will tell as the story unfolds, but the truth is generally in the middle. I know the media is working this up to no end.

    I think a great fit in Philly would be Cooks, but they would have to give up a 1st rnd pick to get him. So it will be worth watching in the draft.

    Also I think that the N Y jets would be a great fit for Jackson, Jackson paired with Decker would be a good fit to turn things around.

    Just me two cents on it.

    • Slick

      March 30, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      The latest reports have him visiting Washington tomorrow. They easily become the #1 landing spot out of the remaining options (Raiders/Bills).
      We can only dream about DeSean catching long balls from one of the best young deep passers in the league for years to come. That offense would be perfect for him, with gruden calling the shots. Here’s hoping Snyder can’t resist and decides he needs a playmaker.

  6. Billy

    March 29, 2014 at 1:41 am

    I’m going to say between Riley and Maclin, Maclin becomes a top 15 WR and has the higher value. If….

    …he stays healthy.
    …if Philly doesn’t go WR early in the draft.

    Meaning I’m not high on Riley.

    Really my gut says they go DB and then WR, grabbing M Bryant type of guy in the 2nd. But if this sinks into the front-office that they just pissed away a pro-bowler and panic—well, let the Cooks hype-train begin!

    Can’t wait for the draft.


    PS anyone else find it hypocritical they’d waive Jackson for supposed gang ties but extend racist Riley with some nice cash? Either they are really nutty over in Philly or portends more Jackson news as reporters investigate. Some A Hernandez type of death dealing? Can’t see why they’d be so adamant about just parting ways.

    • Matt

      March 29, 2014 at 4:54 am

      In response to your PS…No it’s not hyprocritical. Desean has been seen and pictured throwing up gang signs. It’s one thing to be unapologetically affiliated with a violent and lawless lifestyle and another to say something stupid (most likely while drunk) and apologize for it. After Aaron Hernandez, if you are in the NFL and still hanging with gang associates, you’re an idiot.

      • bigefat

        March 31, 2014 at 7:29 am

        Completely agree here! It’s also kind of hypocritical to have the “N” word thrown out constantly by that side of the race and being ostracized for saying it (again probably Drunk) as a white man! But, such is life!

  7. Sean C.

    March 29, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Anyone else read Derrick Ward’s tweets? LOL He’s also saying Cooper is a racist and ESPN analyst are all making stuff up to get make his buddy look bad. Watch his pouty demeanor on the field, he makes himself look bad!

    With the attitude we’ve seen from DeSean on the field, I can only imagine what he’s like when the cameras are off. I don’t believe DeSean is a gang member, but if he’s hanging out with the wrong crowd he’ll be guilty by association. He’s the guy I point out to my son… “This is how a self centered teammate acts. Don’t ever be this guy!” Sitting on the end of the bench giving up on teammates…How can anyone adult or child respect him for that?

    This is just Karma. Good things happen to good people. Bad things happen to bad people. Please just don’t come to St. Louis. Go to Seattle or San Fran and destroy their locker rooms.

    • zaaque

      March 29, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Dude…who said d jax was a bad person? Does it make you a bad person if u hang around dudes that cheat on their wives? Look at the total picture to draw your conclusions and stop making media leaked reports the Holy Gospel. Im a Skins fan and im giving d jax the benefit of the doubt. There a lot more to this story im sure if it.

      • Brian Davis

        March 29, 2014 at 10:22 am

        …I’m with you on this one. At least for now, we gotta give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his character. I mean, the kid grew up in Long Beach, California. If you were young and black in the 90s and growing up in Long Beach and didn’t know or associate with gang members, you were a fictional character.

        • Sean C.

          March 29, 2014 at 11:15 am

          You guys may be right… and I hope you are. Many young kids look up to and love DeSean Jackson. My main concern is as a parent. You can never give up on your teammates, and at times I think he has. I just think that’s a selfish act, and never want my 12 year old thinking it’s ok replicate.
          He may not be a “bad dude” but selfishness is a characteristic, just sayin’!

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