By Benjy Swan: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman wonders why the Philadelphia Eagles cut wide receiver DeSean Jackson while keeping another receiver on their team Riley Cooper, who got into trouble before the start of the 2013 season after video surfaced showing him saying the N-word at a country and western concert.
What Sherman doesn’t seem to understand is that Cooper didn’t have a huge contract paying him $10.5 million per season like Jackson did, because if he did then he surely would have been sent packing just like Jackson was. DeSean being cut by the Eagles was more about them realizing that he wasn’t worth that kind of money. There are too many receivers that the Eagles could get for far less than that amount, and it wasn’t worth it for them to keep him.
“This off season they [Eagles] re-signed a player [Riley Cooper] who was caught on video screaming, ‘I will fight every n—– here.’ He was representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he said it, because, of course, everything we do is reflective of the organization,” Sherman said to mmqb. “But what did they do to Riley Cooper, who, if he’s not a racist, at least has ‘ties’ to racist activity? They fined him and sent him to counseling. 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. Riley instead got a few days off from training camp and a nice contract in the off season, too.”
Is Sherman trying to say that the Eagles should cut Cooper for saying the N-word while he’s not even in a game or on Eagles property? There are so many players using the N-word in the NFL. If each team were to cut the players who use the word then there would be a lot of players looking for work. It’s surprising that Sherman, with his Stanford education, can’t figure out why the Eagles cut Jackson and kept Cooper. It’s about money, and Jackson’s past history.
The Eagles head coach Chip Kelly wants larger receivers, and that was another reason why the Eagles decided to cut the tiny 5’10, 175lb Jackson. He was the type of receiver that guys like Sherman did a good job of mugging at the line of scrimmage to keep him from running his pass patterns. With the 6’3” 222lb Cooper, Sherman can’t mug him in the same way because he’s too big and strong. The only thing Sherman can do against a receiver as large as Cooper is hold him at the line of scrimmage and hope that the officials let him get away with the holding on most of the plays.