DeSean Jackson

Philadelphia Eagles' DeSean Jackson (10) is tackled by Detroit Lions' Jeremy Ross (12) during the second half Dec. 8. Jackson, who was released by the Eagles last week, met with the Redskins on Monday.

Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson apparently won't have much trouble finding a new team.

NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport reported via Twitter on Monday that Jackson is participating in a two-day visit with the NFC East rival Washington Redskins.

Buffalo, Carolina, the New York Jets, Oakland, San Francisco and Seattle also have been mentioned as possible landing spots for Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowler whom the Eagles released Friday.

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"Life Brought me This Far!!" Jackson wrote Monday on Instagram and Twitter. "Now Create the New Path!! Desire!! Faith!! Motivation!! Believe!!"

The Eagles released Jackson around the same time a report on suggested that Jackson had ties to the Crips street gang. One of the rappers on his Jaccpot Records label, Theron Shakir, was acquitted of charges stemming from a 2010 murder. Two years later, Jackson's name surfaced as part of an investigation into a gang-related murder that occurred outside a Los Angeles business where a party had taken place.

Jackson issued a statement Friday vehemently denying any involvement with gangs. The Los Angeles Police Department subsequently told several media outlets that Jackson was not associated with any gangs.

Jackson's former high school football coach and several administrators with his alma mater, Long Beach Poly High School, voiced their support for him in a story in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Monday.

"He's not a gangbanger," former coach Raul Lara said in the story. "I don't know where they're getting that from."

The Press-Telegram reported that Lara has been a probation officer in the Los Angeles County courts system for more than 20 years and worked extensively with young people in gangs. Jackson was never in that group.

Jackson's high school guidance counselor and Long Beach Poly athletic director also backed Jackson.

"He was a great kid and he's been a great citizen since he's graduated," athletic director Rob Shock told the Press-Telegram. "Every single year during his bye week he comes back and talks to the kids and goes to a game. He did his anti-bullying rally at Poly a few years ago."

Eagles coach Chip Kelly, general manager Howie Roseman and owner Jeffrey Lurie have all declined to comment further on Jackson's release.

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