The Philadelphia Eagles wanted to send a strong message when they decided to rid themselves of problematic wide receiver, DeSean Jackson.
You either buy into the team philosophy or you don’t and apparently, Jackson didn’t seem very interested in doing so. That eventually lead the Eagles to release the wideout after their attempts to trade him failed, shocking pretty much everybody in the NFL community. Sure, it’s one thing to put somebody on the trade block and even suggest that you may cut them. But to actually go through with such an action? That was essentially everybody’s warning shot to be on notice, something that LeSean McCoy feels has helped the Philadelphia Eagles.
“The whole DeSean Jackson thing, that helped out, to be honest, in making all the other guys aware,” McCoy suggested during a post-practice moment. “It’s all possible. They’ll cut one of your best guys if (he’s) not buying in. On any team — any team — you look at that, and as a player, you can look at it from so many different sides, but no matter how good you are, you gotta follow these guidelines. And if you don’t, you could be gone. … You gotta buy in.”
While cutting Jackson understandably helped in the locker room, it remains to be seen how beneficial such a move will translate to the field. The assumption is that the Eagles won’t feel the loss of Jackson much, if at all, though there might be a few irritated eye rolls every time they see Jackson pulling down one of his patented deep ball routes for a touchdown with the Washington Redskins.