The outspoken have spoken out about DeSean Jackson’s release.
Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall let the world know Wednesday that he’s welcoming Jackson to Washington with open arms.
"He's the right kind of guy we need in our locker room. Fierce competitor and player, but great guy and humble guy that wants nothing more then to show people the real him,” Hall texted USA Today Sports (via ProFootballTalk). “And there's no better place then in the nation's Capitol (sic).''
Elsewhere, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman proved just as supportive of Jackson, his childhood friend, in a column for SI.com’s Monday Morning Quarterback (via ProFootballTalk) Wednesday. Sherman defended Jackson, calling him "a good person."
"If you think, say or write otherwise without knowing the man, you’re in the wrong," Sherman wrote. "And if it’s true the Eagles terminated his contract in part because they grew afraid of his alleged “gang ties,” then they did something worse." (Geoff Mosher explains they didn't.)
Sherman asserts that if Jackson's friends were accused of a crime, it shouldn’t reflect poorly on Jackson himself.
"Sorry, but I was born in the dirt," Sherman wrote.
“NFL teams understand that. The Seattle Seahawks get it. The Philadelphia Eagles apparently do not.”
Sherman then compared the Jackson situation to that of Riley Cooper (Mosher why explains he shouldn't). After video of Cooper using a racial slur went viral last summer, the wide receiver was fined and took a leave of absence from the team to receive counseling. Cooper then had a career year and was rewarded with a contract extension.
"No suspension necessary for Cooper and no punishment from the NFL, despite its new interest in policing our use of the N-word on the field," Sherman wrote. "Riley instead got a few days off from training camp and a nice contract in the offseason, too. Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn.
"But go ahead and judge DeSean for the company he keeps. While you’re at it, judge me, too, because I still live in Los Angeles, and my family does, too. We didn’t run from where we grew up.”