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Kevin Durant wants DeSean Jackson to join Redskins

Kevin Durant RedskinsNow a free agent, wide receiver DeSean Jackson has begun the process of finding a team to continue his NFL career with.

Tuesday, it was the Washington Redskins who met with Jackson for reportedly three hours. While it appears there is no deal in place yet, a couple notable names have given their stamp of approval should it become reality.

Robert Griffin III told ESPN’s Britt McHenry that Jackson is “his kinda guy.” Then there’s Kevin Durant, who took to Twitter in an attempt to encourage Jackson to join his beloved Redskins.

Clearly, DeSean Jackson would add an explosive option for the Washington Redskins offense.

He’s already met with the team’s starting quarterback and hung out with a member of the receiving corps. One of the biggest stars in the NBA wants to see Jackson on his favorite team. All that’s left is for the Redskins to make it happen. Seems simple enough.

Chip Kelly RSVP’s no to fans’ wedding because of the NFL Draft and all

Chip Kelly EaglesInviting your favorite player or coach to your wedding has become such a popular fad that the recipients of the invitations almost have to respond if they don’t want to look like jerks. People like Peyton Manning and Robert Griffin III have responded to wedding invites with autographs, so we know it’s not impossible. Chip Kelly is the latest to have to respectfully decline.

Some Philadelphia Eagles fans recently sent Kelly a football-themed invitation to their May 10th wedding. The coach had a pretty decent excuse for why he won’t be able to make it.

Kudos to Kelly for responding before the April 12th deadline. The happy couple, Thomas Froschle and Maryanne Goslee, seem to have quite the obsession with the Eagles.

“The tables are all decorated as Eagles players, and we’re also setting up a Chip Kelly table,” Goslee told the Eagles’ official website. “We’re coming out to the Eagles fight song too, so it’s getting pretty intense.”

I’d be shocked if “Silver Linings Playbook” isn’t their favorite movie.

H/T Eye on Football

Jim Kelly’s chemotherapy postponed due to fever

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Jim Kelly was scheduled to begin radiation therapy to treat his recurring cancer on Monday, but the treatments have been postponed. Kelly’s brother Dan told Tim Graham of The Buffalo News that Jim has been battling a fever.

Kelly’s chemotherapy has been moved to next Monday. He is scheduled for a seven-week program.

The Buffalo Bills legend was first diagnosed with cancer of the upper jaw last year. At the time, the cancer had not spread and could thus be surgically removed. Last month, Kelly’s family announced that his cancer had returned rather aggressively and was causing him a lot of pain.

Kelly was initially expected to undergo another surgery, but he later revealed that he has several microscopic tumors that cannot be removed surgically. Instead, Kelly will undergo chemotherapy. His doctor has called the cancer “very treatable and potentially curable.”

“If he’s saying it,” Kelly told SI’s Peter King when asked about his doctor’s diagnosis. “I hope so. I just know there’s a lot of work to do, to shrink the cancer. I just pray it works. If you hear I’m about to have surgery, then you know it’s working. That’s the goal. But it won’t be an easy operation.”

Our thoughts remain with Kelly and his family during this incredibly challenging time.

H/T Sporting News

Eric Decker got No. 87 from Jeff Cumberland for $25K and a steak dinner

Eric DeckerIt looks like Eric Decker will be keeping his No. 87 jersey with the New York Jets, but his lucky number did not come cheap. Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland has worn No. 87 in New York the last several years, and the 26-year-old knew better than to just hand it over. He reportedly made his new teammate pay.

According to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, Decker had to pay Cumberland $25,000 and take him out to a steak dinner in exchange for his No. 87. Cumberland will now wear No. 85.

Cumberland is a little-known player who caught just 26 passes for 398 yards last year, but that doesn’t mean he has to let a star receiver stroll in and just take his number. We have heard of that happening before in the NFL, so props to Cumberland for standing his ground.

When you take into consideration how much Darrelle Revis allegedly paid for his No. 24 in Tampa Bay, Decker may have gotten a deal.

Rapper Wale takes shot at Chip Kelly while hanging with DeSean Jackson

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DeSean Jackson visited the Washington Redskins on Monday, and there are many who believe he will not leave without a contract. On Monday night, Tim McManus of Philly Magazine reported that a source close to Jackson said the 27-year-old signing with the Redskins is a “done deal.”

The photo you see above shows Jackson hanging out with rapper Wale, who is a known Redskins fan and good friend of Robert Griffin III, as well as Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall and wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Wale took a shot at Chip Kelly with the caption he included.

“I was on my hippy schwag dear Chip Kelly this is a peace sign,” he wrote.

Wale is of course making light of a recent report that links Jackson to gang members. Last year, Jackson threw up a set on Hall during a game and flashed the same sign in a photo he posted on social media. Or, if you ask Wale, it was simply a peace symbol.

In any event, all signs point to DeSean signing with Washington. He seemed to be having a great time with his potential teammates on Monday and reportedly met with RG3 in Los Angeles before flying to the nation’s capital.

DeSean Jackson reportedly met with Robert Griffin III before Redskins visit

desean-jacksonThe Washington Redskins are considered a serious contender to sign DeSean Jackson. They are one of a number of teams who have expressed interest in the 27-year-old wide receiver since he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, and we all know Daniel Snyder is never afraid to spend money. In fact, he may have even sent Robert Griffin III to do a little recruiting.

TMZ Sports is reporting that Jackson and RG3 hung out in Los Angeles over the weekend for “several hours” and that things went well. Jackson was scheduled to visit the Redskins on Monday.

According to ESPN Radio 980′s Chris Russell, Jackson does not intend to settle for a team-friendly deal in the wake of a troubling report about his alleged link to members of a gang. Jackson, a 2013 Pro Bowler, was scheduled to make $10.5 million with the Eagles in 2013 prior to his release. He is reportedly looking for an average annual value of $9 million to $10 million on the open market.

Again, Snyder is not afraid to spend. The Redskins have just under $7 million in cap space heading into 2014, whereas other potential Jackson suitors like the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders have roughly $14 million. That said, money won’t be the reason Washington misses out on Jackson. If they want him bad enough, they’ll find a way to make it work.

Richard Sherman shows support of DeSean Jackson with Little League baseball photo

Richard-Sherman-SeahawksAfter weeks of speculation and rumors, wide receiver DeSean Jackson was released by the Philadelphia Eagles this week.

Jackson has denied gang affiliations, but his off-the-field relationships were apparently enough to cause concern with the Eagles.

While one Eagles player seemed excited with the decision made by the organization, a member of the Super Bowl winning Seahawks has expressed support of DeSean Jackson.

Richard Sherman took his Twitter account Saturday with a message regarding the situation and included a photo of the two on the same Little League baseball team.

Given his game-changing ability, DeSean Jackson likely won’t be without a team for long. He’s expected to visit the Washington Redskins on Monday. The Raiders, Jets, Chiefs and Bills are also reportedly interested in the 27-year-old who posted career-highs of 82 receptions and 1,332 yards in 2013.

H/T Bleacher Report