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Former Eagles star slams Philadelphia's secret role in controversial exit

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Since arriving at the Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has overseen a fairly monumental overhaul of playing staff.

As you might expect, several of those players shown the exit door aren't exactly happy with how things went down and have taken to the media to vent their frustration.

Smear campaign

The latest ex-Eagle to slam the organization's treatment of them arrives in the form of DeSean Jackson - the wide receiver calling out Philly for what he describes as a "smear campaign" against him.


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"I was at the top...and then I got released," Jackson told CBS film crew on his soon to be aired reality TV show.

"It was a smear campaign. Things the media said about me, I bet you could that about the majority of people in the NFL....It's their loss. I got a second chance to play in the NFL now with the Washington Redskins and I'm proving I'm one of the best receivers in the game."

Jackson's release by the Eagles after the 2013 season surprised many with the deep-ball threat having produced career numbers in both yards and touchdowns in Kelly's first year in charge.

Negative press

Almost immediately after his exit reports surfaced linking Jackson to gang ties and stories emerged claiming a tardy approach to team meetings.

The wide receiver believes the Eagles played their part in the negativity that built up and it is clear he is still struggling to figure out why it went down like it did:

"When I was released by the Eagles, I felt they tried to paint a picture that definitely wasn't true.

"It was a slap in the face coming off one of my best seasons in the NFL. It's like, bro, the Eagles tried to blow me up. That's cold how they did me."

When you add the recent claims of racial motivation made by LeSean McCoy following his own departure from the Eagles, it is clear that the franchise is leaving a lot of players upset with how they conduct their business.

Whether there is any truth behind either claims has yet to be proven but it is certainly clear that Chip Kelly is looking to move away from the program as it was pre-2013. Only time will tell if that proves to be a wise move.

Eagles fans: Do you have faith in Chip Kelly's bold plans, or will they backfire? Have your say in the comments below...

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