Do DeSean Jackson’s Teammates Want Him Back?

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Before Thursday night, only a couple teammates had voiced their opinions publicly about DeSean Jackson and his future with the team.

Mychal Kendricks backed Jackson during an interview with NFL.com. And Michael Vick, a former teammate of Jackson’s, told a New York TV station that change might be good for the wide receiver.

But as several Eagles strolled in to Todd Herremans’ Hoops 4 Help fundraiser, they knew what the topic of discussion was going to be when approached by a small group of reporters.

None could come up with a clear explanation for why the Eagles would be looking to move Jackson, but the general sentiment seemed to be that they would move forward with whatever decision the organization settled on. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What We Learned In Orlando

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We spent the first part of this week at the owners’ meetings in Orlando, Fla. discussing various football-related topics with Chip Kelly, Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie, among others.

Now that we’re back in Philadelphia and have had some time to reflect on what went down, here are some takeaways. Read more »

Kelly Leaves Door Open For DeSean Trade

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Chip Kelly started and ended with a joke.

Upon seeing the enormous crowd at his table in the Ritz-Carlton ballroom Wednesday morning, Kelly pointed out that the table for the Super Bowl-winning coach, Pete Carroll, was down the way.

Then after about an hour of answering questions, Kelly threw one back at the reporters.

“Does this mean you guys don’t have to hang out in front of the bathrooms anymore?” he asked.

But everyone’s been waiting to get Kelly’s take all week on the DeSean Jackson situation. Both on a local level and a league-wide level, observers want to know what the future holds for the 27-year-old wide receiver. Kelly answered question after question, sometimes complimenting Jackson and other times leaving the door wide open for a potential trade. Read more »

Lurie: Kelly, Roseman Have a Plan

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Like Howie Roseman, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie did not want to talk about DeSean Jackson during a brief session with reporters Tuesday afternoon at the Ritz-Carlton.

Asked about the status of the wide receiver, Lurie responded: “Nothing to say.”

And that was that.

But the Eagles’ owner did emphasize that he has faith in what Chip Kelly and Roseman are trying to accomplish this offseason. Read more »

Vick Weighs In On DeSean Jackson

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Michael Vick
provided some interesting comments about the DeSean Jackson situation on Tuesday.

During his appearance on Mike & Mike, Vick was asked why the Eagles might be looking to move on from the 27-year-old receiver.

Chip Kelly is a leader. I think you have to know Chip Kelly to understand what kind of person he is,” said Vick.”DeSean is not a bad person by any stretch, but I think certain organizations want things done a certain way. DeSean is a very productive player and everybody has a lot of respect for him but at the end of the day, Chip Kelly’s decision and what he’s going to do is his decision.” Read more »

Three Takeaways: Roseman On DeSean

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Howie Roseman was more than willing to talk about any topic not involving DeSean Jackson Monday afternoon.

The assembled media spent more than 30 minutes with the Eagles’ GM, and despite his official stance on the subject, tried to search for hints about the team’s plans.

Keeping that in mind, here are three items worth noting, all with a Jackson slant. Read more »

Roseman and the DeSean/Culture Question

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ORLANDO — It’s not really about the “if” anymore. The Eagles are looking to deal DeSean Jackson and everyone – from the executives roaming the halls of the Ritz-Carlton this week to the fans at home – seems to know it.

It’s really about the “why.”

Why would the Eagles be looking to get rid of a 27-year old wide receiver who is coming off a career year and his third Pro Bowl bid? If you are in serious pursuit of this franchise’s first Super Bowl championship, why remove one of the most productive players from that equation?

This is how Howie Roseman responded to that inquiry: Read more »

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