What really happened with DeSean Jackson?

What really happened with DeSean Jackson?

You probably heard that a dozen times over the weekend. Whether you were the one being asked or the words were coming out of your mouth, Philadelphians everywhere want to know what really happened with DeSean Jackson.

I don't think the answer is as clear cut as some would like it to be.

I don't have any inside sources or new information, but I have read almost every story written by people who claim to, and my own conclusion is pretty simple. The Eagles didn't cut ties with DeSean Jackson because he associated with known gang members or because he had a "me-first" attitude or because he would lash out at a coach on the sidelines or because he wasn't a leader in the locker room or because he may have gotten pulled over with some pot in his car once or because his salary might outweigh his actual worth on the field or because he posted photos of himself shooting guns, etc. etc.

The Eagles didn't cut ties with DeSean Jackson for any one reason. For Chip Kelly, Howie Roseman, Jeff Lurie and whoever else who was involved in this decision, I believe they simply felt that all of the negative reasons listed above -- however minor they may be taken on their own -- became too much when viewed together and they believed the value Jackson would provide on the football field next season was not worth the headaches associated with him.

For the team to get rid of their most electric wide receiver and get nothing in return means they had to have had their reasons, even if they're not man enough to explicitly state what they were. The DeSean Jackson situation will forever be remembered as a bizarre page in the Chip Kelly story, but it won't be as simple as any one mistake he made ending his time here.

There is no easy answer here.

We've had a weekend to let it sink in. I'm still scratching my head, wondering what we don't really know. But whether right or wrong, I trust Chip Kelly's decision making in the situation. That doesn't mean I won't miss DeSean running deep down the sideline for the Birds next season.

Has anything changed your feelings about DJacc since Friday's news?

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Updated: 9:15 p.m.

ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.

Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.

Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.

Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall. 

Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft. 

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.

The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter. 

The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz. 

At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.

The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.