DeSean Jackson agrees to deal with Washington

DeSean Jackson agrees to deal with Washington

Well, this was just about the worst possible turn of events, now wasn’t it? Four days after the Philadelphia Eagles released DeSean Jackson, he winds up back in the NFC East, agreeing to terms with divisional rival Washington.

That means we’ll be seeing plenty of Jackson for the foreseeable future—at least two times in 2014, perhaps beyond—only while wearing the opposing team’s colors.

Contract details were not immediately known, although it's said to be a "whopper" of a three-year deal.

Hey, we all know what DeSean is capable of, and I can’t say Birds fans should be looking forward to encounters with No. 10 this season. With a potential superstar quarterback in Robert Griffin III throwing him the football, and surrounded by quality weapons in wide receiver Pierre Garcon, tight end Jordan Reed and running back Alfred Morris, suddenly Washington’s offense could be scary good.

But then, it is still Washington, a franchise that finished 3-13 last season with a patchwork offensive line and crummy defense. Does the addition of Jackson equal seven more wins?

Before you answer that question, keep in mind Washington doesn’t even own its first-round this year.

This is an organization that makes these types of big splashes in free agency practically every year, and 90 percent of the time they seem to backfire. I’m not necessarily predicting that will be the case here, but considering the Eagles were willing to cut Jackson outright, one does have to wonder about his shelf life at his next stop… or future stops.

And remember that time everybody was worried when the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb to Washington. Yes, Jackson is very much in the midst of his prime while Donovan was in the twilight of his career. Just saying, let's not jump off any bridges quite yet.

That being said, there is no denying a division rival got better on the field, and at Philadelphia’s expense no less. We’ll see how it works out in the long run. I personally am not gravely concerned, but suspect many fans will feel very strongly about allowing Jackson to run off to Washington for nothing and with little explanation.

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Nerlens Noel is standing his ground.

After saying that the Sixers' entering the season with three starting-caliber centers (himself, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid) "doesn't make sense," Noel didn't back down from his stance during the team's annual media day.  

"I don't see a way it can work," Noel said Monday. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night." 

The Sixers attempted to play with two bigs in Noel and Okafor last season but had little success. Now that Embiid is finally healthy, the fit to the puzzle doesn't figure to get any better.

Reports swirled during the offseason that the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor to add backcourt help to the woeful franchise, but nothing came to fruition.

"Things need to get situated," Noel said. "I think things obviously need to be moved around, someone needs to be moved around. It's just a tough situation. I can't really say too much because I have no say in the matter, so obviously that's for who can handle the situation in the right manner.

"I've gone through a whole lot. Probably the most, arguably, that any player has gone through in the NBA in losing. It's a tough situation to still be in. Year by year, to see things get more difficult to show your value. Year by year, it's always been something. It's really at a point where it's just a lot."

Bryan Colangelo said he understands Noel's viewpoint. However, the Sixers' president said he is in no rush to trade any of the centers and will wait the situation out.

"It’s not disappointing. It’s understandable," Colangelo said. "I think Nerlens actually did a pretty good job sizing up what we have, which is a lot of depth and a lot of talent at that position."

Despite each of the three centers being early in their career, Noel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't want to hold off to see if the trio can actually mesh on the floor.

"I can't say I do really understand that (wait-and-see approach)," Noel said. "If you have a group of players, I just don't think it makes too much sense to just still come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position. I don't know what there is to wait and see."

Noel made sure to express that he has no issues with Okafor and Embiid and said they are some of his closest friends on the team. But when asked whether he was happy to be a Sixer, Noel deflected.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm all right, I'm in a good place right now."

Sure sounds like it.

Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

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Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

You may fondly remember the time Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house last season and a wonderful Twitter user set the video to the Super Mario Bros.' star music, yes?

It was great.

Now that Sproles' put on the jets again yesterday in the Eagles win over the Steelers, the same @pacdude on Twitter has done it again.

This time it's the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Please enjoy.