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Eagles Cut Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson

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Wide receiver DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after catching a 19 yard pass for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Lions 34-20. (Credit: Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after catching a 19 yard pass for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Lions 34-20. (Credit: Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - The Philadelphia Eagles have parted ways with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, the team announced on Friday.

Jackson had the best season of his career in 2013, catching 82 passes for 1,332 yards and 9 touchdowns.

He has 356 receptions for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns in his 6-year career.

Jackson was taken with the 49th overall pick (2nd round) by the Eagles in the 2008 NFL Draft.

An elite level talent, Jackson will become a free agent immediately, and likely command a high salary on the open market.

As NJ.com reported this afternoon, Jackson’s alleged gang affiliation could have been the driving force behind his release.

Excerpts from the NJ.com article:

“Yet the Eagles’ apparent interest in jettisoning Jackson likely has little to do with his performance on the field or a big-money contract that could squeeze the team’s salary cap. Rather, sources close to Jackson and within the Eagles’ organization say, it’s Jackson’s off-field behavior that concerns the front office.

“Now the Eagles have even more serious concerns — Jackson’s continued association with reputed Los Angeles street gang members who have been connected to two homicides since 2010.”

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