Yeah, Eagles coach Chip Kelly called receiver DeSean Jackson.
Sure, Jackson went to social media to create the impression that Kelly calmed his nerves.
Yep, there’s now a report DeSean has told teammates he’s staying with the Eagles in 2014.
To all of that we say one word: So?
It’s way too little and way too late for the Eagles to reverse weeks of momentum pointing toward Jackson leaving the team. It would be a shock at this point if he’s back with the Eagles.
It would be more than a shock. At this point, our assessment remains that there’s no chance Jackson will be back.
It doesn’t matter that Kelly called Jackson. The call should have come days if not weeks ago, if the Eagles remain committed to Jackson.
And G.M. Howie Roseman surely wouldn’t have tiptoed around the topic when asked about it by reporters at the league meetings in Orlando, if the Eagles had no plans to move on from Jackson. Instead, Roseman would have expressed disdain and disbelief at the fact the question was even asked.
“DeSean? Traded? Did you guys just fly in from a week of engaging in newly-legal activities in Colorado?”
It’s unclear why Kelly felt compelled to call Jackson now, given that the horse has left the barn and littered the road with apples. It could be a last-ditch effort to create trade value in the short term, or a Band-Aid aimed at keeping DeSean from imploding until an attempt can be made to trade him to a team that perhaps misses on a receiver it covets in the early rounds of the draft.
Regardless, anything other than Jackson playing for a team other than the Eagles would rank among the biggest NFL-related surprises in years, and it would make the Eagles look worse than foolish for allowing Jackson to dangle in uncertainty while speculation became rumor, rumor became report, and report became virtual inevitability that the Eagles are done with DeSean.