Kelce 'excited and happy' after DeSean's release

Kelce 'excited and happy' after DeSean's release
March 28, 2014, 1:15 pm
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DeSean Jackson and Jason Kelce embrace after a touchdown in a 2013 preseason game vs. the Patriots. (USA Today Images)

It didn't take long for Jason Kelce to weigh in on DeSean Jackson's release.

Just minutes after the Eagles announced their decision to part ways with Jackson (see story), the team's starting center took to Twitter. 

Kelce was drafted by the Eagles in 2011 and has spent the last three seasons as Jackson's teammate.

Just last month, the Eagles signed Kelce to a six-year extension worth $37.5 million, with $13 million guaranteed.

Now, unlike Jackson, he'll be around to see exactly "where this organization is going."

That reaction -- and that of Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin and head coach Chip Kelly earlier this week -- implies that those close to Jackson aren't shocked by his release. Maclin, speaking Thursday at a charity event hosted by Todd Herremans, appeared to expect it.

“Whatever happens in the organization happens in the organization,” Maclin said. “This was a similar situation when the Eagles decided to part ways with T.O. That's just how the game goes sometimes. So I guess we'll see.”

Vick, speaking Tuesday on SNY's Daily News Liveimplied that a change would be beneficial for Jackson.

"I think sometimes it takes a change in your life to understand really what needs to happen, and the course that needs to be set," Vick said. "Maybe it's time for a change for DeSean to help him understand the maturation process of his young NFL life and his personal life. Whatever happens, I will continue to be a great friend to him and try to help him as much as I can mentor-wise so he doesn't have to go through any situations that may be detrimental to his life."

And then there were Kelly's comments at the owners meetings Wednesday, which hinted a move was coming.

“I like DeSean,” Kelly said. “DeSean did a really nice job for us. But we’re always going to do what’s best for the organization.”