THOUSAND OAKS (Calif.) -- On Tuesday, the Rams released wide receiver DeSean Jack.
Sources tell ESPN's Jeremy Fowler that Jackson and the Rams had explored trade options, but nothing was done before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline.
Sources said Jackson, who is 34 years old, was open to staying with the Rams but that the team decided to move on.
Jackson's guaranteed salary of $2.75million is guaranteed. If Jackson clears waivers, the Rams would be responsible for the majority of Jackson's contract. However, that can be offset by a deal with another team.
Les Snead, general manager Rams, expressed regret that Jackson was released after a short period of time.
It won't get a good grade. One was immediately in my mind, but that would be the headlines, right? Snead agreed. It was an experiment we tried. It didn't go as planned, DeSean and Sean wanted it too, Sean [McVay] especially wanted it that way. Their relationship probably goes beyond football. It didn't work out and we wanted to find a win-win solution.
Jackson wrote on Instagram, "I am very thankful for the time I spent playing for LA Rams. Even though this wasn't what we wanted, Jackson expressed his gratitude for the support and opportunity given to him by the Rams coaches and all the fans. I know that all things happen for a reason and I am looking forward to the next chapter in my NFL career.
The Rams signed Jackson to an offseason one-year contract as they were in desperate need of a deep threat receiver. Jackson signed with the Rams to reunite him with McVay who was one of Jackson's coaches with Washington Football Team. It also served as a homecoming for the Los Angeles resident who expressed a desire to win a Super Bowl back in his home town.
The 14-year-old pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection was not used in the offense during the Rams' 7-1 win. He caught eight passes for 221 yards, and one touchdown.
Cooper Kupp is the NFL's top receiver and has 924 receiving yards. He also has 10 touchdowns. The Rams offense was led by Matthew Stafford, veteran Robert Woods, and Van Jefferson, a second-year professional.
The Rams are now short at the position due to Jackson's resignation and rookie receiver Tutu Awell being placed on the season-ending injured reserve Tuesday after suffering a shoulder injury. Rookie Ben Skowronek from Notre Dame, is the only reserve receiver.
Snead stated that the team was addressing any depth concerns by looking outside or promoting players.
When asked about depth concerns, Snead replied that they are still discussing it internally. "We had to go through that, and Sean is fully aware of our top three players, who are doing very well right now. He knows how to manage their workload, but not as a pitch count.