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Report: DeSean Jackson to be released by Eagles

The veteran wide receiver return to Philadelphia was marred by injuries over the last two seasons.

DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs after a catch for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

As the Philadelphia Eagles continue to clean house and make cost-cutting moves for next season, one player who will not be back next season is wide receiver DeSean Jackson, per John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia. UPDATE: Jackson confirmed the news on his Instagram account.

The veteran wide receiver was scheduled to make $8.2 million next season. The Eagles will clear $4,857,000 in cap space with the release and carry $5,802,000 in dead money.

The former second-round pick made his return to the Eagles after spending the last few seasons with the Washington Football Team and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2019 with the Eagles, Jackson got off to a tremendous start with eight receptions (nine targets) for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 against Washington. However, he would miss most of that season due to an abdominal injury that plagued throughout the year.

Then this past season, Jackson was hit with the injury bug once again, only playing in five games. The 34-year-old wideout had 14 receptions (26 targets) for 236 yards and one touchdown. Jackson’s lone touchdown happened in Week 15 against the Dallas Cowboys after missing the previous eight weeks due to a lower leg injury.