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DeSean Jackson released by Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson attends the

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson attends the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Knicks in Los Angeles. (Dec. 25, 2012) Credit: AP

After failing to find a trade partner for DeSean Jackson, the Eagles chose to release their electrifying wide receiver Friday.

It was widely assumed that the Eagles would cut ties with Jackson because of his high cap number. He was scheduled to earn $10.25 million in base salary for the upcoming season and carried a $12.75-million salary-cap charge.

Jets owner Woody Johnson acknowledged this week that the organization has interest in Jackson, who had career highs with 82 catches and 1,332 yards along with nine touchdowns last season.

"We're looking at a number of players, including DeSean," Johnson said Sunday at the NFL owners' meetings. "He's a very good player. We're looking at a number of them."

And the Jets still are discussing the prospect of acquiring Jackson despite an report that said the Eagles were concerned that the receiver has ties to members of a Los Angeles street gang.

In a statement Friday, Jackson said: "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."

His on-field production is reason enough for NFL teams to be interested. Jackson, 27, has more receiving touchdowns of at least 30 yards (21) than any other player since entering the NFL in 2008.

Not surprisingly, at least six teams had inquired about Jackson within hours of his release, according to ESPN.

The Jets, still in need of offensive weapons, will perform due diligence on Jackson, just like any other club. General manager John Idzik & Co. can be expected to lean heavily on Marty Mornhinweg, Jackson's former offensive coordinator in Philadelphia.

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