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Seahawks corner questions treatment of Jackson, Cooper

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman criticized the Eagles and the league for their double standards, including Philadelphia's release of receiver DeSean Jackson last week.

In a column published Wednesday on, he noted the Eagles cut Jackson on the day a story alleging he has ties to gang members emerged, but the team didn't cut receiver Riley Cooper when video emerged in August of him using a racial epithet.

In February, Cooper, a former Florida Gator and Clearwater Central Catholic star, signed a five-year, $25 million ($10 million guaranteed) extension.

The Eagles have not said if the alleged gang ties prompted them to release Jackson, 27.

"(Cooper) was representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he said it because, of course, everything we do is reflective of the organization," wrote Sherman, a childhood friend of Jackson's.

"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 offseason, too."

Sherman also cited Colts owner Jim Irsay, who on March 17 was arrested on suspicion of DUI and possession of a controlled substance. According to the police report, prescription drugs not associated with pill bottles were also found.

"Nobody suggested the Colts owner had 'ties' to drug trafficking, even though he was caught driving with controlled substances (prescription pills) and $29,000 in cash to do who-knows-what with," Sherman wrote. "Instead, poor millionaire Mr. Irsay needs help, some wrote.

"Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn."

Jackson joins 'Skins

WASHINGTON — Receiver DeSean Jackson made his deal with the Redskins official. The team didn't disclose terms, but multiple media outlets reported it is for three years, $24 million ($16 million guaranteed).

"I feel they embraced me," Jackson said. "(Robert Griffin III), DeAngelo Hall reached out to me and made it feel like it was home. I think the biggest thing about this move is finding a place where I can be happy and go out there and just be myself."

Asked about his release from Philadelphia, he said little.

"It was a humbling experience … me being at the peak of my career and doing some great things in this league," he said. "At the same time, I feel moving forward is the best thing."

Ex-Buc to Lions: Quarterback Dan Orlovsky, a Bucs backup for the past two seasons, agreed to a one-year deal with the Lions.

Giants: Defensive end Robert Ayers signed a two-year deal. Last season, his fifth, he had a career-high 5½ sacks for the Broncos.

Steelers: Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey agreed to a one-year deal. Last season, his fifth, he caught 29 passes for 307 yards and a touchdown for the Colts.

Obituary: Legendary TV sports director Sandy Grossman has died after a long bout with cancer, according to He was 78. The eight-time Emmy winner directed 21 seasons of NFL coverage for CBS and Fox.

Seahawks corner questions treatment of Jackson, Cooper 04/02/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:53pm]

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