Would Patriots be interested in Jackson?

News came this afternoon that the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to release wide receiver DeSean Jackson, their leader in receptions and receiving yards last season.

It came on the heels of a NJ.com report that indicated the Eagles were concerned about alleged gang connections for Jackson. Soon after his release, Jackson denied any gang affiliation.

At 27 years old, Jackson has some terrific on-field attributes. So what does his future in the NFL look like? And might the Patriots be interested?

On talent alone, any team would consider Jackson. But, of course, there's much more to this situation.

Given the fact that less than a year ago the Patriots released Aaron Hernandez in the midst of criminal charges, our sense is the team will stay away from Jackson.

If there are any questions for the Patriots, that may be enough to sway them from considering it.

On the field, the team has five wide receivers who project to be very much in the mix for 2014: Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, Brandon LaFell and Josh Boyce. Add 2013 rookie Kenbrell Thompkins into the mix, and there's already a good stable of talent.

We recently wrote a piece for ESPN InsiderInsider evaluating fits for Jackson prior to the news of Jackson's release. Our take then was that the Patriots would not be in the mix for Jackson.

Today's release hasn't changed our feelings.