DeSean Jackson was in the news for all the wrong reasons last week. He used a homophobic slur during an appearance Friday on Sirius XM's "All Out Rude Show with Rude Jude and Lord Sear" and, predictably, issued an apology through his PR rep a short time later.
Jackson also spoke Friday with Stephen A. Smith of ESPN Radio in New York. There was no mention of the Jackson's homophobic comments (as PFT's Michael David Smith writes, possibly because the remarks hadn't become publicized by that point), but there was a conversation about Plaxico Burress.
Jackson spent time with Burress in California recently and thinks Burress could help the Eagles next season.
“I think he would love to come play for the Eagles, come play with me and Vick," Jackson told Smith, according to Sports Radio Interviews. "He already kind of had a connection with [Michael] Vick, with him being in prison and him kind of talking to him before. So it might be a connection, I’d love it. But regardless, I wish the best for him, and if he was to come to Philadelphia I think it would be a dangerous combination.”
Jackson likens Burress' situation to Vick's, who joined the Eagles in 2009, after almost two years in prison. After sitting behind Donovan McNabb, Vick got a chance to start in 2010 and led the Eagles to the playoffs.
“I mean, I’ve always had so much respect for [Vick]," Jackson said. "And for him going through what he’s been through and still be able to get a second opportunity and making the best out of it, first of all I’ll say for the Eagles to believe in him after all the other teams just doubted him and said he couldn’t do it, and for myself to actually watch and witness the every day hard work, the things he was doing in the community, for myself it was really like a dream come true. I was just happy for that man to get that second opportunity and prove that he could do it.”
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When Burress was released from prison last month, the Eagles were thought to be interested in his services. Last week, however, it sounded like Burress was at the bottom of their offseason to-do list. In fact, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane wrote that the Eagles have 10 needs more pressing than signing Burress.
From his July 5 report on Philly's offseason needs, McLane writes:
"When reports surfaced that the Eagles were first in line for Burress, the information was not leaked from their camp, team sources indicated. The Eagles remain neutral. They're nowhere near as interested as they were in Vick, post-incarceration, but they're not going to broadcast it. Reid is fond of Burress and doesn't want to hinder his return to the NFL. Now if the 6-foot-5 receiver would fall into his lap for a meager price, then Burress' signing could be something worth presenting to owner Jeffrey Lurie."
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