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Redskins WR Jackson: Ex-teammates loved him

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Coach Chip Kelly said the Philadelphia Eagles were fans of DeSean Jackson, who was released March 28 in what the team labeled "purely a football decision."

Jackson was signed to a three-year, $24 million contract by the Redskins in April.

Jackson, who was owed $10.5 million for the 2014 season with the Eagles, said in a recent interview with DJ Skee, that he was beloved by his teammates and blindsided by the unattributed criticism of his attitude and negative impact on team chemistry.

"The funniest thing, man: all this stuff like he's not a locker room player, he don't get along with his teammates, the people that really know me, they're like 'Man where is all this coming from?'" Jackson said. "I had teammates texting me and hitting me up, teammates that's still on the Eagles right now, like 'What were they talking about you ain't a team guy, you don't get along with people in your locker room?'

Jackson played only one season for Kelly, whose system helped emphasize the 5-foot-8, freakishly explosive playmaker's best traits. But the Eagles opted to re-sign wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin, who missed last season with an ACL injury, and drafted another bigger receiver, Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews, in the second round. Kelly said the intent is to play the 6-3 Matthews in the slot, which seems to support his statement that parting with Jackson was more about strategy than suspect character.

"Everybody in the locker room loved me, you feel me?" Jackson continued. "I'm gonna put it on the line just how they gonna put it; I'm gonna put it on the line for them, too. So it's like, I know who my real homies are. The real homies stepped up. My boy LeSean McCoy, one of the best running backs in the NFL, he stepped up, he said some real stuff. But in this league bro, a lot of people are scared and afraid to speak up, because they feel like they're gonna be the next one cut. They feel like they're gonna be the next one cut. So the ones that really did step up and speak up, I salute all of them."

Jackson signed a five-year, $48 deal with the Eagles under then-coach Andy Reid in 2012. Two years later, when cut by the Eagles, Reid did not attempt to bring Jackson to the receiver-needy Chiefs. There was mild interest from the New York Jets, where former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg could have vouched for Jackson.

A week after he was released, CBS Philadelphia cited sources that more than few players reacted positively to Jackson's departure from the locker room.

"They said ‘good riddance.' He had no real connection with anyone," the source told CBS.
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