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Chip Kelly “likes” DeSean Jackson, but there’s a “but” there too

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As Florio pointed out previously, the individual dispatches on the minute-to-minute status of DeSean Jackson’s relationship with the Eagles ultimately might mean nothing at all.

But when pressed on the subject Wednesday morning at the NFC coaches breakfast, Eagles coach Chip Kelly gave the best indication yet that assuming the wide receiver will be back isn’t safe.

“I like DeSean, . . . but we are gonna do what’s best for the team,” Kelly said, via Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com.

Many other things were said, most of which weren’t really statements at all.

Kelly evaded questions about whether he thought Jackson would be on the roster on April 21 when the team begins offseason workouts, saying he’s not sure if anyone would (somebody should be there to unlock the place, just in case).

“I don’t have an answer for you,” Kelly said at one point in the interrogation.

That’s mostly because at this point, there is no answer.

Whether Jackson’s telling teammates things, or posting photos online, every sign still points to Jackson playing for a team not the Eagles. Kelly’s words this morning do nothing to dispel that impression.

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23 Responses to “Chip Kelly “likes” DeSean Jackson, but there’s a “but” there too”
  1. rukkus1 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:23 AM

    There is fans everywhere hoping Ratliff doesn’t owe his money back, cuz they would want out of Dallas by all means too. Who wants to play for an owner who is content with mediocrity and too meddlesome?

  2. jjb0811 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:27 AM

    Philly ought to trade their #1 (22) & Jackson to either Houston’s #1 (1) Or Oakland’s #1 (6). Both teams could use WR help & still land a 1st round QB.

  3. sonopazzo6 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:32 AM

    I can’t take it anymore…….please trade him (I’d rather they didn’t) or tell him he’s safe…..the speculation is killing me, my blood pressure’s up and I neurotically check all the rumor sites at least 20 times a day!!!!!!

  4. joro5551 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:38 AM

    Chip Kelly’s getting in his own way. Neither Maclin nor Riley are true number ones, and it’d be a mistake to expect a rookie to produce in the first year.

  5. buzzlightner says: Mar 26, 2014 8:42 AM

    yup just continue to find ways to talk about this.. let it go.. like howie said hes under contract until that changes.. then report something

  6. deathonwings410 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:42 AM

    Chip Kelly is outsmarting himself. Who will stretch the defense to get Riley Cooper and Maclin (coming off the ACL) open in the middle of the field? SMH. Dumb dumb.

  7. barsfordays says: Mar 26, 2014 8:43 AM

    but what? Shouldnt be any “buts” when talking about ur No.1 WR.

  8. buzzlightner says: Mar 26, 2014 8:43 AM

    and btw “doing whats best for the orginization” means we couldnt get what we wanted so we will keep him and groom a lower round wr

  9. junebugslade1977 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:47 AM

    Just don’t let go of Mathis! I love that guy!

  10. pabrownsfan says: Mar 26, 2014 8:55 AM

    Go to Cleveland. They have tons of cap rom.

  11. pabrownsfan says: Mar 26, 2014 8:55 AM

    room

  12. dlove4392 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:56 AM

    Desean staying this beyond that idk its hard for me too see it it he go be 28 that’s not really old yet but his biggest strength is speed he can blow cap off defense now his weakness is his physical size having trouble with bigger corners but manage well blocking this season on the run if he starts to slow down I dnt see eagles getting rid of him while they can they have to pay Nick Foles or (Napolen Dynomite) big contract if eagles think he’s their franchise QB , Boykin, Kendricks, Cox all go need contracts next offseseaon the eagles go need more cap space and cutting some players like Desean, Cole, heramones, kelcie should do just that Cole is expectially gone but they are starting to build for the future these aren’t the players chip Kelly draft and its starting to be clear he’s starting to build and get platers for his scheme

  13. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Mar 26, 2014 9:05 AM

    Did Chip Kelly ditch the media on prom night or something? Stop trying to interpret everything he says. Face it, he’s just not that into you.

  14. mythaimyke says: Mar 26, 2014 9:06 AM

    Nobody wants him!!! Another me guy with a BIG mouth!!!

  15. kastout11 says: Mar 26, 2014 9:12 AM

    Cutting Kelce is not an option. Desean, Herremains and Cole are options this and next year to clear space to resign Foles, Kendricks, Cox and Boykins. I don’t see Mathis going anywhere either. It is so difficult to get or have premium offensive linemen.

  16. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 26, 2014 9:27 AM

    at the end of last season, when DeSean was asked about his contract, he told the reporters he had a “plan for the offseason”.

    Did that plan include not answering the head coaches calls?
    did that plan intend on trying to force the eagles hand?

    it didn’t work. The NFL knew something was up.
    DeSean got to see just how much the other teams DIDN’T want a distracting player on their squad. I’m sure the fact that only two teams were really mentioned in the conversation was a slap in the face and a wake up call to DeSean and his new agent (who btw hasn’t seen any loot from the previous deal).

    Players don’t win championships teams do. As long as DeSean wants to put himself above the teams, no one will want a part of him.

  17. mrexcite721 says: Mar 26, 2014 9:29 AM

    The Offseasaon: Making My Head Explode Since 1987

  18. kneelbeforesod says: Mar 26, 2014 9:38 AM

    And his name is Mark Sanchez.

  19. willkill4caffeine says: Mar 26, 2014 9:43 AM

    dlove4392 says: Mar 26, 2014 8:56 AM

    Desean staying this beyond that idk its hard for me too see it it he go be 28 that’s not really old yet but his biggest strength is speed he can blow cap off defense now his weakness is his physical size having trouble with bigger corners but manage well blocking this season on the run if he starts to slow down I dnt see eagles getting rid of him while they can they have to pay Nick Foles or (Napolen Dynomite) big contract if eagles think he’s their franchise QB , Boykin, Kendricks, Cox all go need contracts next offseseaon the eagles go need more cap space and cutting some players like Desean, Cole, heramones, kelcie should do just that Cole is expectially gone but they are starting to build for the future these aren’t the players chip Kelly draft and its starting to be clear he’s starting to build and get platers for his scheme
    ______________________________

    Longest run-on sentence I’ve ever seen. Holy grammar Batman, do you know what one of these are (.) <—??

    Anyway, this will-they-won't-they is beyond annoying. I'm a huge Birds fan, but this average of 6 DeSean stories a day that all say the Exact. Same. Thing. has got to stop. When something happens, let us know. But I'm still of the mindset that this is more a product of media hype and speculation than anything substantial, and I believe Jackson will still be a Bird this season.

  20. richardmswartz says: Mar 26, 2014 11:08 AM

    The Eagles are going to sign me this season unless they don’t, unless they do.

  21. gregmorris78 says: Mar 26, 2014 11:21 AM

    Jjbo811 I think is right.

    What is the draft pick value of Desean? & maybe another veteran involved in a trade?

    This could get interesting…

    as a Redskins fan, I’ll b glad to see Desean out of the division,

  22. 23chameleons says: Mar 26, 2014 12:00 PM

    Not a Texans type of player. We have Andre Johnson and our 1st round pick from last year, so no immediate need for another #1 type receiver. We have very little cap room to work with and might take in multiple picks by trading down from 1 to 6 (if ATL really wants Clowney). So why would this deal make sense ? You must be the former GM of the Browns …

  23. missingsock215 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:01 PM

    Lackluster at best.

    “I like DeSean, . . . but we are gonna do what’s best for the team,” Kelly said, via Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com.

    The …. obviously omits words and that statement is most likely taken out of context.

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