Chip Kelly on DeSean Jackson’s release: “purely a football decision”

Chip Kelly on DeSean Jackson’s release: “purely a football decision”

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It took exactly one month to the day after DeSean Jackson’s release, but Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly finally addressed the organization’s decision to part ways with the three-time Pro Bowler.

Working at the Eagles Youth Partnership’s annual playground build, Kelly denied reports of clashes with the prima donna wide receiver, or that alleged gang ties had anything to do with Jackson’s departure. Nor, apparently, was the decision related to the over $30 million that was owed over the next three seasons, or the 27-year-old’s stated desire to renegotiate that contract.

It was all about the 82 receptions, 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns Jackson posted in 2013, his first season in Kelly’s offense.

No sir, you don’t want that. Talk about a distraction!

Kelly also told reporters the Eagles had zero trade offers for Jackson.

Honestly, this is precisely why it never mattered in the first place whether the organization spoke more in depth about Jackson’s controversial exit. Until now, the Eagles offered only this 25-word statement.

After careful consideration during this off-season, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today.

Some fans and members of the media have been in distress over the lack of explanation for the bizarre move. The same people who were already upset will undoubtedly be annoyed by Kelly’s less than truthful answers here.

The reality is the team is taking the higher road by not airing their dirty laundry with a former player. If you still desperately need to know the exact reason, my suggestion is you pick any two or three of Jackson’s documented negative attributes—cost, tardiness, attitude, off-field—and just go with that.

Because the one thing we can safely rule out is this decision had next to nothing to do with football.

Mike Trout joins push in trying to lure LeBron James to Sixers

Mike Trout joins push in trying to lure LeBron James to Sixers

LeBron James to the Sixers. It would take a miracle, right?

Sure, but one MVP is in on the push for the four-time MVP landing in Philly.

Enter Mike Trout.

The Angels' star outfielder, a two-time AL MVP and native of Millville, New Jersey, took to Twitter on Thursday to make a quick pitch for the King. Trout, a well-known fan of Philadelphia sports teams, responded to a 94WIP tweet about reporter Howard Eskin shooting down the LeBron James chatter.

First, it was Ben Simmons tweeting James. That's really how all the buzz started and now the idea is taking on a mind of its own. Clearly, it's being talked about. And what Sixers fan wouldn't want a player like James putting "The Process" into hyperdrive?

And hey, once James comes to Philly, he can then return the favor: bringing Trout to the Phillies.

We can dream, right?