Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson had the best year of his career last season, but his team simply released him Friday with little explanation. Circulating reports pointed to the team's concerns regarding Jackson's alleged gang associations.

For his part, Jackson issued a statement including the following claim: "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."

The Eagles save over $10 million with the release, but Jackson hits the market at a bad time. Many teams are already strapped for cash after a busy few weeks of free agency, but Jackson instantly becomes the top receiver on the market.

There are more than a handful of teams out there who could use another solid, affordable receiver. His release makes Jackson a risky reform project for those who believe the alleged gang influence is genuine and serious.

Whatever the truth reveals, a move to a new locale may help the super fast wideout.

Within 30 minutes of the Eagles releasing Jackson, his PR team reported that six teams inquired about his services. One of them was the New England Patriots.

Though the team asks about every high-caliber star on the market, Jackson would be a huge pickup for New England if they could find a way to fit him in and still have money for the draft.

Unfortunately for Bob Kraft, there are too many other deep pockets in the running for Jackson. It would be unlikely to see Jackson in red, white and blue next season.

Looking at Jackson in black-and-white makes much more sense.

The Oakland Raiders have tons of cap space to burn, and they don't have to save it all for the draft. They came into the offseason with the most money to spend, and they haven't been too out of control with their acquisitions thus far.

An amazing rookie quarterback could be in their future from the draft, and he needs someone to throw deep to. Jackson makes tons of sense for Oakland.

The San Francisco 49ers would also represent a change of pace for Jackson, and he would be the perfect triple-threat with Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree.

The Kansa Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks are all viable contenders to get Jackson, too.

If it's all about football and nothing happening off the field gets in the way, Jackson is great. Don't let the fact that he was selected 49th in the draft fool you.

He's been in three Pro Bowls since his 2008 debut (2009, 2010, 2013), and he has appeal as a rushing, passing, and return threat.

So far with Philly, he's amassed 6,117 receiving yards on 356 receptions for 32 touchdowns. He also has nearly 1,300 punt return yards and four touchdowns.

Jackson may not last very long on the free agent list, and if he dedicates himself to the game next season he will make any team who picks him up stronger and faster on offense.


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