No team wanted to take on Jackson because of the alleged baggage that was coming with him, at the high price he would cost (a $10.5 million base salary to be exact). Jackson was then cut by the Eagles and signed a 3-year $24 million deal with the Washington Redskins.
Sherman saw all of this as a double standard because the Eagles rewarded Riley Cooper with a new contract even after he said “I will fight every n___ here”. Cooper was punished by being fined and sent to counseling.
This did not satisfy Sherman though as he believes “He was representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he said it, because, of course, everything we do is reflective of the organization. But what did they do to Riley Cooper, who, if he’s not a racist, at least has “ties” to racist activity?”
Yes Cooper was representing the Eagles, and yes Cooper did make himself and the Eagles look bad for a couple of weeks. What Sherman does not get that it is not about the color of the respective player’s skin that changes how an organization treats them. It’s all about the risk reward of a prospect.
Was Jackson worth his salary when this year’s draft class is full of great wide receiver prospects? The answer to that is a resounding no. Obviously the Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly felt they could replace Jackson with a younger, cheaper option in the draft.