Philadelphia Eagles: DeSean Jackson gets a Super Bowl ring after all

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When DeSean Jackson was released by the Philadelphia Eagles heading into 2021, it was largely viewed as a lack of mercy.

Sure, D-Jax was still electric when healthy – which is a big caveat – but the Eagles weren’t expected to go anywhere and his cap hit of $10.6 million was simply too expensive to fit onto his team’s cap sheet; why not give him a chance to stick with a contender and hopefully add that elusive ring to his borderline Hall of Fame resume?

In a way, that strategy actually worked, though in the most roundabout way imaginable.

That’s right, the Eagles actually were pretty darn good and could have used a player like Jackson on the outside – albeit at the Rams’ cap hit of $2.5 million – but instead, everyone’s favorite speedy specialist largely sat on the bench with his hometown Las Angeles Rams, earning just 15 targets over seven games before successfully lobbying for his release.

That, too, was a mistake, as the team Jackson caught on with, the Las Vegas Raiders, saw their season fall apart and their head coach fired mid-season, whereas the Rams made it all the way to the Super Bowl, and ultimately won the big game in their home stadium mere miles away from D-Jax’s high school, Long Beach Polytechnic.

So what gives? Did Jackson miss out on the best chance to get a ring, or will he forever have Super Bowl Champion on his resume right next to “drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles?” Well, we finally have that answer.

The Philadelphia Eagles legend finally got his ring.

In the NFL, teams are pretty generous about giving out Super Bowl rings. A team’s practice squad usually gets them, as do players to only play a game or two with the team after, say, being stolen off of another practice squad, and even employees of the team like equipment managers often get rings if the owner is feeling generous.

Though Jackson didn’t finish out the season with the Rams, and ultimately appeared in more games with Las Vegas than Los Angeles, he more than cleared the hurdle needed to warrant a ring for his efforts that contributed to the team’s ultimate success, which he shared on an Instagram story that you can see a screenshot of here.

All things considered, that is a very nice ring; almost as nice as the one Jackson should have earned with the Philadelphia Eagles in the spring of 2018.

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So there you go, DeSean Jackson will forever go down as a Super Bowl Champion, even though he didn’t play in the game and wasn’t even on the team at the time. While some will knock that fact, those words will swiftly fade, and all but the most stats-centric of fans will forget it before too long. In the end, all that matters is that Jackson got his ring, and despite it not coming from the Philadelphia Eagles, landing one from his hometown team is a pretty darn cool consolation prize, all things considered.