Nov 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Oakland Raiders: DeSean Jackson Can Bring Respect Back to Oakland


The League on Notice: Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders are building to Win in 2014!

The time to destroy is over, the Raiders are now in Rebuild mode, and the Rebuild is far from over. Weapons have been added to a team devoid of talent for several years. DeSean Jackson is a weapon, a weapon who can elevate the Oakland Raiders back to a level of respect and fear, not seen in Oakland since 2002.

Reggie McKenzie set his sights on impact veteran players who can quickly improve this Raiders roster. The Offense got a makeover with a new starting quarterback, running back, and wide receiver to go along with a rebuilt offensive line, poised to pound the rock, in a ball control offense.  The Defense added versatile pass rushers and depth to help build a dynamic defense that pressures the quarterback under Dennis Allen and Jason Tarver.

Even prior to the 2014 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders are poised, at least on paper, to compete in a tough AFC West division. The Raiders were the lone team to miss the playoffs from the AFC West, and face an uphill battle against the defending AFC Champion Broncos.

Enter the recently released DeSean Jackson. A dynamic player, who stands out in a league of dynamic players. Jackson is a rare playmaker who is a proven commodity and must be accounted for on every play.

I must say, when I look at the rationalization and reasoning for his release, and I have to throw the “Bull$#!* Flag”. Jackson has been accused of have “Gang” ties, stemming from his days growing up in LA. While some of the accusations bear some truth, the height is which they have been magnified has been grossly irresponsible.

Does DeSean Jackson have gang ties? Of course he does. Jackson’s use of the double “CC’s” or the intentional way he leaves out the “K” when spelling “Jaccpot” his record label, throws up some red flags…..or should I say blue flags.

Anyone who grew up in a city with Crips and Bloods understands, if you affiliate with the Crips, you do not spell any word with “CK”. “BK” and “CK” stand for Blood Killer and Crip Killer, hence spelling “Jackpot” in the correct fashion, is disrespectful.

Gang affiliation is nothing new in professional sports. Players such as CC Sabathia, Richard Sherman, JR Smith, and Paul Pierce have all been accused of having gang affiliations. Similar to DeSean Jackson, these players all grew up in and around gang infested communities. But one thing that stands out….all these players have for the most part had successful careers and survived these affiliations.

Growing up in a certain neighborhood and being surrounded by gangs is not a choice.  Asking an athlete to abandoned old friends, family and acquaintances is a tough proposition to make. Especially when many of those helped and facilitated such athletes accension to success.

The aftermath of the Aaron Hernandez tragedy, has left the NFL and its owners with a heightened awareness of any gang affiliations. The NFL has been adamant to protect the shield, and even hired experts to study game footage to determine whether players are displaying street-gang hand signals.

But with the aftermath of any tragedy, often times protective measures and regulations can be overreaching and taken way too far.

The Philadelphia Eagles had numerous reasons aside from DeSean Jackson’s gang affiliations to cut ties with him. The Eagles owned by Jefferey Lurie since 1994, and under the guidance of GM Howie Roseman since 2010, have found success with new head coach Chip Kelly.

One thing that has been evident within the Eagles organization is, they have no problem cutting ties with long-standing players and coaches. Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid come to mind, the Eagles put team first and personnel second. Which is an intelligent way of operating an NFL organization, and they have been applauded for making such moves.

Howie Roseman is a respected GM, who earned his position as a salary cap guy, more so than a football guy. Chip Kelly is said to have final say in football matters, and I belive it is Kelly who ultimately made the decision to move on from DeSean Jackson.

Kelly is the new guy in town and proved his worth last year, with a dynamic offense. Kelly is an innovator and has a vision for how “he” wants to build a football team. In my opinion, I just do not feel Kelly wanted the undersized and expensive headache that Jackson can be.

DeSean Jackson did not fit in the longterm plans for the Eagles and Chip Kelly’s offense. Looking at the draft deep in wide receiver talent, I believe the Eagles saw an opportunity to release an expensive and sometimes volatile player, and replace him with a player of Kelly’s choice.

The Eagles signed Jackson to a 5-year contract worth up to $51 million on March 14, 2012, knowing then what they know now about Jackson’s gang affiliations. So what’s changed since 2012????You guessed it….Chip Kelly.

Fans and media alike need and should always remember, the NFL is a Business First. It’s my opinion releasing DeSean Jackson had less to do with gang affiliation, and more to do with preference of the Head Coach and salary cap relief.

Now back to the Raiders….

This rollercoaster of a offseason is far from over, but Reggie McKenzie has set a trend in Free Agency and through trade….Bring in players with something to prove. Players with a chip on their shoulders. DeSean Jackson fits that mold.

Jackson is an elite weapon, who can elevate a woeful offense and provide a matchup nightmare for opposing coaches. Jackson plays with attitude, toughness, and excellence, hallmarks Al Davis and the Raiders have built into their legacy.

The Oakland Raiders have been looking for respectability since….well 2002. The process to attain that respectability is already underway, and the element DeSean Jackson would bring to this Raiders offense would be instant respect. This former Eagle needs to fly west, and find a new home in Oakland. #DJaxToOakland




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  • KloverJane

    Make it happen Reggie. I had this guy on my fantasy roster and besides a couple of subpar Sundays, he helped me to win my league of ten. This is the type of numbers we need. The Autumn wind cometh!

  • Redd_Melendez

    What is a gang “invested” community? Also, I can’t think of one word where B is followed up by K.

  • joe

    Actually it wasn’t accusations from his days being back in Cali, but eagles got a call in 2011 and 2012 from homicide detectives wanting to talk to him about two separate murders. Not to mention he was pulled over with weed and other shit in his car in philly but he plead guilty and got minor offenses and hardly any news time.

  • joe

    One murder took place outside his sisters house. Other was an execution whom he was involved closely with who supposedly did it. Bad influence on younger guys in the clubhouse with his attitude. Many factors play in and I’m glad his whiny ass is gone.

  • Kevin Lurker

    Come back to the bay!

  • Chris Schroeder

    Wow, Jackson did all that in Philly and the Eagles still signed him to a massive contract. Seems to me that they knew the risk and just couldn’t tame the beast. Maybe going over to Oakland with a coaching staff who nows how to control their players he will have a little more success. Reggie’s a genius when it comes to designing contracts with incentives to prevent against off field and on-field bad behavior.


    Being an Eagles fan here on the East Coast, DJ was exhibiting poor judgment on and off the field. He was cast-out more so for ‘guilt-by-association’ when “undesirables” would be around the football practice facility, rehab center (Nova-care), and the Game. There were several incidents by his own indictment, and FBI, NFL/Eagles Investigators, plus a lifestyle not in-tune with family manners. One such incident was the Crip’s gang sign to Angelo Hall (Washington Redskins) during the game. Also in question was the burglary of his home, indicated as an inside job by law enforcement. It just kept adding up. We are really sorry to see him leave, especially after the best year of his career. There were reports (unsubstantiated) by players he was troublesome to the health of the football club.

  • Dr Muon Funk

    Oakland knows how to control it’s players? Are you insane??

  • raidersfanbob

    Under this new regime, yes, Oakland does know how to control their players. Have you heard of any issues of late? I agree that in the past it was a band of misfits, but now it’s not. With the way the media has Oakland under a microscope, if one of the Raider players were to so much as fart in public it would make national news.

  • iceman4

    yes and after the incident in 2011 the Eagles official statement was no comment and they soon signed him to a huge contract. Your argument has no merit. IT’s all about money. If Jackson was making 5 mill a year they would keep him.

  • iceman4

    lol the Raiders have been rebuilding for 10 years so this they are officially in rebuilding mode is kind of funny. I know you are a fan but come on. Raiders are 53-123; the worst stretch in the history of football. Those include the decades before the NFL.

    The Raiders are not a player away from winning. They need another DL, OL, QB at least.

    WINNING will bring back the respect; not DeSean Jackson.

  • iceman4

    are all of you backing philly that naive. If Jackson was making half the money he was making now don’t you think Philly would keep him?

    MANY players have gang ties and carry drugs and guns. Do you actually think Jackson is the bad guy and everyone else is good? Philly signed him to a huge contract as well after the FBI contacted him in 2011. Follow the $.

  • joe

    That’s bs sorry. Jackson was also arrested in 2009. Chip isnt Andy Reid and even McNabb said Reid covered it up and sugarcoats it. Kelly sugarcoats nothing and he wants no cancers. Jackson is also infamous for missing out on player meetings and just being a poor personality which even the vikings game last year shows to be true among other instances. They didn’t even need the money yet! They’re probably done buying so what need is there right away? None.

  • joe

    You obviously know nada about the culture Kelly wants. Not even an eagles fan, go figure. He’s gone and I’m glad.

  • James Schroeder

    Yeah sometimes it is just silly to respond to Raider haters or people that just simply don’t follow what’s been going on but I’ll throw you a bone. The Raiders have what’s called a “new regime”. this new regime was put into place following the passing of the legendary Al Davis by his only heir Mark Davis. The purpose of this carefully selected group of individuals is to deconstruct the entire team from players, to bad contracts, to the members of the old coaching staff to essentially change “the culture” of the organization. Are you keeping up? Now that they are in the third year of the rebuild phase…. And iceman4 this pertains to you too since you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about. Yes it may come as a surprise to you two but the Raiders are an entirely different new organization from the GM through the coaching staff through the players, all the way down to their simplest core components which include basic characteristic habits, behaviors and mentality of each individual member of the Raiders organization, so yes Iceman4… This is the first year of the rebuilding phase. The last two being the deconstruction phase. Not 10 years, not even close as they were hindered by the same Al Davis ran organization with the same principles and system in place that clearly wasn’t working.

    A good example of how the Raiders know how to control their players aside from the complete absence of irresponsible off the field or on the field behavior over the last two years, there was one exception. Rolando McClain who was selected by Al Davis before he passed. Two years ago when he was involved in that incident in Alabama the Raiders were quick to bench him and eventually cut him. He was a number one draft pick. Head coach Dennis Allen is very militaristic as he originally came from Texas A&M and he will not tolerate behavior like this from his players. If they do sign DeShawn Jackson believe me they will have done extensive research on him and they will be able to control him whether it be with incentives or another tactic

  • Dr Muon Funk

    Not a Raiders hate at all. Terrell Pryor? So if you’re saying the raiders have changed there is no way they are signing DeSean.

  • Dr Muon Funk

    Reid signed him. But Reid won’t sign him now? Excuse??

  • Pridenpoise

    MONEY, they don’t have any.

  • Chris Schroeder

    Terrel Pryor is not a bust and he never had any off the field issues he’s just a project. he was Al Davis is very last pic but I don’t think he’ll get the opportunity to develop properly in Oakland. They have pretty much moved In a different direction, and in reports have him being either traded or cut before the end of April.

    Like McKenzie said “reputation is what you’ve done in the past” a good organization can help mold the mindset of a good player by giving him the discipline and training that he needs, not just
    throwing him to the second and third stringers and telling him he’s just another POS receiver nobody. Pretty much like Chip Kelly did. Mike Singleterry did that with Vernon Davis and lost the entire respect of the clubhouse and inevitably was fired. If they’re letting Chip Kelly make the decisions the front office needs to make they’ve got a lot more problems ahead of them.

  • Pridenpoise

    I can’t help but laugh when people say the Raiders have been rebuilding for ten years, it really shows their lack of knowledge, and it shows their complete lack of an original thought, just because you hear some biased idiots spouting that none sense it does not make it fact.


    The Eagles cut Desean Jackson, but keep Racist Riley??hypocrites!!

  • chris long

    they pretty did buy a new dl ol and qb this off season what they need now is 1 or 2 good dbs, also 7 out of thoughs 10 years can be contributed to al davis scrambling trying to win trhe super bowl before he died, but things just went horribly wrong eh

  • Sherman Stewart

    Get er done #handosmeredhed

  • SilverBlackBlood

    you must be retarded iceman, no QB? no OL? do your ‘due diligence’ before announcing to the world that the Raiders have the worst streak in NFL history, need I remind you of the Lions 2001 – 2010? 39-121 in a 10 year span, or if you need a longer streak add on 2 years and its 56-136 that was the only team I back checked, and am certain there are others. We have been horrible, but not the worst.