Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson repeated his stance from a few months ago, saying he has never participated in a gang and that any hand gestures he displays are signs dedicated to friends from his childhood.
The Philadelphia Eagles released Jackson on March 28, shortly after a NJ.com report suggested that Jackson's gang connections caused the team some concern.
His contract before he was released called for him to be paid $10.7 million in 2014, but he instead signed with Washington on a three-year deal worth $24 million, with $16 million guaranteed the next month.
"If I score a touchdown or make a play and my boys at home can see me throwing up the area we're from, that's me showing them love," Jackson said to ESPN The Magazine. "They weren't fortunate enough to make it where I'm at. All my friends wanted to be in the NFL growing up, but they weren't able to do that and I was. That doesn't mean I forgot about them. They're my boys, I grew up with them, and I'm going to give them love."
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Jackson posted career highs in receptions (82) and receiving yards (1,332) last season, helping the Eagles win the NFC East.
Philadelphia lost in a Wild Card playoff game, 26-24 to the New Orleans Saints.
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