DeSean recalls fateful phone call with Chip Kelly

DeSean recalls fateful phone call with Chip Kelly

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April 22, 2014, 12:00 am
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DeSean Jackson signed with the Redskins five days after being cut by the Eagles. (AP)

As a guest on the Arsenio Hall Show Monday night, former Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson described the phone call with head coach Chip Kelly that preceded his release.

"It was almost unreal, honestly. My agent called me because I missed the call from head coach, and I'm sitting there like, what's the reason behind it, what's going on? Somebody tell me," Jackson recalled.

"Basically, [Kelly] told me 'I think it's best for the team and I think it's best for yourself [to part ways]. We're gonna let you negotiate with 31 other teams.' So I'm like 'Are you sure?' I asked him one more time, I asked him what's the reason, he said that's what it was. I'm like, let's get it started, let's get it going."

Jackson didn't last long in free agency. He signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Washington Redskins just five days after being cut by the Eagles.

If Jackson plays out his contract with the Redskins, the Eagles could face him as many as six times over the next three years.

"Oh yeah, twice," Jackson said of how many times he'll play against Kelly and the Eagles in 2014. "Two times, not once, twice.

"I'm sure those two games, there's gonna be something special about those two games, for sure. I gotta definitely go up on that."

Does Jackson have any regrets about how things went down?

"I'm an honest person, I'm a realist at the end of the day. I'm human, I'm not perfect," he said. "At the end of the day I came in the NFL 20 years old, so that was a lot given to me. Coming from where I came from I had to get along, I had to learn some things, I had to go through what I did to get to where I am now. I'm 27 now. I can definitely say I learned a lot. For sure I'm gonna do some things different but as far as like overall, being a bad energy in the locker room, none of that stuff ever occurred. I love my teammates."

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