Looks Like Someone Has a Sixpack of the Mondays: Just Say No To DeSean

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

The downside outweighs the upside in the potential signing of DeSean Jackson in Washington.

1. I'm not sure when the right time is to bring in a player that was recently cut for "work ethic" reasons. Having never been a professional football front office executive, I couldn't tell you when exactly you stand up and say, "Hey...I heard this guy that has a terrible attitude, thinks his stuff doesn't stink, and has a questionable work ethic just got cut. We should sign him!"

2. I don't know when the appropriate moment is for an organization to "take a chance" on a player that was potentially released because of alleged nefarious connections. The Eagles seem to have legitimate concerns about some of those relationships, while D-Jax has publicly stated that he is not now, nor has he ever been in, a gang. In terms of "He Said, She Said" situations, this is one you would want to think long and hard about before jumping in with an outside opinion.

3. It's not that I don't care about the potential gang banging criminalities involved here, because I do. Signing DeSean Jackson is a bad idea for plenty of other reasons, though. As for the rumors of his potential ties to the Crips and the fact that he was contacted by law enforcement authorities in connection with multiple homicide cases...well, you could at least consider them I suppose. Listen, the NFL is not filled to the rim with saints. What profession is? There are plenty of guys who play in the league that have questionable contacts off of the field. If teams systematically emptied their rosters of all players who associated with unsavory characters, there would be a hell of a lot of job openings.

4. Our track record of picking through Philadelphia's trash is horrible. Except for Sonny Jurgensen, I can't think of a high-profile player from the Eagles' organization that came here and actually made us better. They just ALWAYS seem to get rid of their star players at exactly the right moment (at least under Andy Reid). Jeremiah Trotter and Donovan McNabb really drilled those lessons home for me. Jackson has a real chance to break that streak, but the additional factors that he now has to overcome are stacking up. By the way, weren't we warned beforehand about McNabb's potentially poor practice habits and his unwillingness to change his ways? If I'm not mistaken, weren't those major stories once he was wearing burgundy and gold?

5. The chances that personality clashes between DeSean and Chip Kelly contributed to this move are also great. Based on what we--fans that have watched Jackson up close and personal for years--know about this player, it is not out of the realm of possibility that he simply wasn't the kind of player that a new coach wanted to deal with every day. This aspect of the shocking cut, as well as the salary cap savings it offered the team still fall short of explaining why you would part ways with the kind of playmaker DeSean has turned into.

6. This is just my opinion, but under no circumstances should the Washington Redskins sign DeSean Jackson. The best case scenario is we get a player who plays at an extremely high level that helps our offense score tons of points. The worst case scenario is that we get a player who brings a potentially poor work ethic and problematic off-field issues that combine to drag us down further than we were even just last year. I consider the downside to be greater than the upside. It's not surprising that some players have already endorsed his signing. He is a very good player that gives a team accustomed losing a chance to do some winning. Still, with our own new coach, and a roster packed with impressionable young talent, I find it hard to believe the reward is worth the risk here.

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