As the NFL offseason enters the final wave of free agency, a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is set to send ripples through the open market.
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Jackson will finish his six-year Eagles career with 356 receptions, 6,117 yards and 39 total touchdowns.
Jackson addressed the report through a statement obtained by NFL Media.
"First I would like to thank the Eagles organization, the Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia for my time in Philly," Jackson said. "I would also like to thank coach Andy Reid for bringing me in. Secondly, I would like to address the misleading and unfounded reports that my release has anything to do with any affiliation that has been speculated surrounding the company I keep off of the field.
"I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang. 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.
"I am proud of the accomplishments that I have made both on and off the field. I have worked tirelessly to give back to my community and have a positive impact on those in need. It is unfortunate that I now have to defend myself and my intentions. These reports are irresponsible and just not true. I look forward to working hard for my new team. God Bless."
The Eagles' disillusionment with Jackson was rooted wholly in off-the-field concerns, as the 27-year-old flourished in Kelly's offense, setting career highs across the board as one of the NFL's most dangerous offensive weapons.
Perhaps the Eagles' brass realized there was no longer hope of rebuilding any semblance of trade value after those two stories blew up in social media Friday.
"I've been told by sources this has something to do with Kelly and the kind of culture he's trying to create," McLane told NFL Network on Friday.
Although the release will end up costing Jackson money in the long run, he won't lack for suitors as the lone difference-maker on the open market.
It's hard to blame the Eagles for washing their hands of Jackson in a post-Aaron Hernandez NFL landscape, but character concerns haven't stopped the deep threat from producing at a high level on the field.
One of those half-dozen teams listed above just might luck into the last available rook in a superpower chess match.