ORLANDO - The question posed to Chip Kelly was simple: "Do you want DeSean on the team?" The answer was complicated, as much has been during DeSean Jackson's murky offseason with the Eagles.
"I like DeSean," Kelly said Wednesday at the NFL's annual meetings. "DeSean did a really nice job for us. But we're always going to do what's best for the organization."
The lukewarm endorsement only fueled more speculation about Jackson's future. Kelly was complimentary of Jackson throughout the one-hour roundtable interview, although he never committed to keeping Jackson on the roster despite ample opportunity.
Kelly's session was the most anticipated of any NFL coach this week, even prompting Kelly to mutter in disbelief about the audience that assembled to hear him address Jackson. His answers were more expansive than those from general manager Howie Roseman and owner Jeffrey Lurie during this week's event. But the team's brain trust still left here without offering any clearer insight as to why a 27-year-old, three-time Pro Bowler would even be the subject of trade conversations.