PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — He who laughs last, laughs loudest. Isn’t that what the kids say?
Well, Washington Redskins’ wide receiver DeSean Jackson got the last laugh via SI.com’s Monday Morning Quarterback on Friday, when it comes to Chip Kelly. Jackson, 29, was released by Kelly after his career-best 2013 season with the Philadelphia Eagles (82 catches, 1,332 yards, nine touchdowns).
Now, the Redskins’ deep threat is getting ready for this weekend’s NFC Wildcard Playoff game, just two weeks after his team eliminated the Eagles from post season contention for the second consecutive season. And Kelly? He’s looking for a new job.
“I’m a firm believer that bad karma comes back on you,” Jackson said in the story written by Robert Klemko.
“When you ruin a team like that, you do things to peoples’ families, you release people, you trade people, you get rid of good players who build something with the community, with the fans, with the kids — to have a guy come in and change up the team like that, I just believe in karma. I don’t have any bad words to say about him as far as what he feels he needs on his roster. But the guys that were on that roster created something special, from Jeremy Maclin to LeSean McCoy to Trent Cole to Todd Herremans and myself and Brandon Boykin; it goes on and on and on. When we were there we were a brotherhood. So for everyone to go their separate ways and to see how it all ended up, it’s a very sad thing.”
While Maclin left on his terms and McCoy was traded for salary cap space and a younger linebacker, Jackson was released primarily for off-the-field and character issues. In hindsight, Kelly may have actually helped Jackson grow as a person.
“It made me a lot more mature,” Jackson said of his release. “I got released coming off what I felt was the best year of my career. I had over 1,100 yards and I still got released? I’m asking myself, ‘What was it that I did wrong?’ But it wasn’t about my skills. It was about off the field. But I was never a bad guy. I just needed to tighten up on my end, be more of a professional and know that there was more to it than how you performed.”