Eagles release receiver DeSean Jackson

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Unable to find a taker on the trade market, the Philadelphia Eagles released dynamic wide receiver DeSean Jackson on Friday.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson was released by Philadelphia on Friday. He had a team-high 82 receptions last season.   FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson was released by Philadelphia on Friday. He had a team-high 82 receptions last season.

Jackson was coming off a career-best season in Philadelphia, leading the team with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. He had a $10.25 million contract for the 2014 season and was signed through 2016.

Jackson thanked the Eagles organization and fans in his own statement Friday, and also denied “unfounded reports” that he was released for off-field issues. An NJ. com report linked him to a Los Angeles street gang.

“I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang,” Jackson said in a statement. “ 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. … These reports are irresponsible and just not true.”

Jackson has 356 career receptions for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns.

RAIDERS: Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew is going back home to Oakland after signing a three-year contract Friday.

Jones-Drew returns to his native Bay Area after spending his first eight seasons with Jacksonville and starring in college at UCLA.

Jones-Drew was hampered by injuries and poor play his final two seasons with the Jaguars. He had 8,071 yards rushing and 68 touchdowns for Jacksonville but was hampered by injuries the past two seasons.

GEORGIA TECH: Running back Dennis Andrews and receiver Anthony Autry have been suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the school’s conduct policy.

The two sophomores will miss games against Wofford on Aug. 30 and at Tulane on Sept. 6.

Georgia Tech did not give a reason for the suspensions.

NOTRE DAME: Malik Zaire believes he will beat out Everett Golson to become the starting quarterback this fall.

“Without a doubt. There will only be one guy starting on Aug. 30th against Rice at Notre Dame Stadium, there will only be one guy out on the field, and I believe that will be me,” he said.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly isn’t ready to hand Zaire the job ahead of Golson, who helped the Irish get to the national title game in 2012 before being suspended for the 2013 season.

NEVADA: Freshman Tucker Melcher has been hospitalized for nearly a week with a brain infection.

His father, Bubba Melcher, told the Reno Gazette-Journal that his son had an MRI on Thursday and swelling in his brain has decreased.

Bubba Melcher says his son still faces “many obstacles to overcome.”


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