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DeSean Jackson shared a fake Hitler quote and some lavish praise of known anti-semite Louis Farrakhan on Instagram this week. He’s since apologized, and the Eagles issued a statement calling the posts “absolutely appalling” and vowed they will take appropriate action.
Could said appropriate action include cutting the wide receiver? Maybe, says Adam Schefter, but it could depend on semantics:
Eagles decision on whether to keep DeSean Jackson could come down to whether post is a default under his contract. Jackson is guaranteed $4.8M this year in salary and already received a $2M option bonus. Eagles could try to figure out a way out of guaranteed salary first.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 7, 2020
To say the Eagles would be acting purely on principle if they released Jackson would probably not paint the full picture. He is 33 years old; last season he played in just three games and caught nine passes. The team picked Jalen Reagor, a wide receiver out of TCU, in the first round of the draft at 21st overall.
The Eagles probably wouldn’t have been too enthusiastic about keeping Jackson around in the first place, but the contract guarantees could’ve tipped the scale. Now we’ll see in the coming weeks if they are able to void those guarantees, and/or if they decide Jackson isn’t worth the headache relative to his forecasted production regardless.