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Eagles release wide receiver DeSean Jackson

3/28/2014, 2:39 p.m.
The team released Jackson on Friday. Jackson was coming off a career-best season in Philadelphia, leading the team with 82 ...
DeSean Jackson

The Philadelphia Eagles have released Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

The team released Jackson on Friday. Jackson was coming off a career-best season in Philadelphia, leading the team with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.

Jackson had a $10.25 million contract for the 2014 season, a price the Eagles were not willing to pay. He was signed through 2016.

The team issued the following statement: "After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today."

Following his release, Jackson tweeted: "Steady GRind Mode God Got the Plan !! Not Me." He included a picture of himself running on a track.

Eagles center Jason Kelce tweeted: "We just made an extremely unpopular decision, but I couldn't be more excited and happy with where this organization is going!! #FlyEaglesFly

"Good luck with whatever team you end up with DeseanJackson10!"

Following his release, Jackson released this statement:

"First I would like to thank the Eagles organization, the Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia for my time in Philly. I would also like to thank coach Andy Reed for bringing me in. Secondly, I would like to address the misleading and unfounded reports that my release has anything to do with any affiliation that has been speculated surrounding the company I keep off of the field. 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. I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values. I am proud of the accomplishments that I have made both on and off the field. I have worked tirelessly to give back to my community and have a positive impact on those in need. It is unfortunate that I now have to defend myself and my intentions. These reports are irresponsible and just not true. I look forward to working hard for my new team. God Bless."

Jackson has 356 career receptions for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns. The 27-year-old wide receiver is entering his seventh season.

The Associated Press and USA TODAY contributed to this article.