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March 28, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 28, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - Chip Kelly's freshman year as an NFL coach was a success, one that required some tough choices, but never the potential Eagles Nation-rattling decisions he now faces as he embarks upon his sophomore season. Kelly's second offseason can aptly be titled, "The Offseason Football and Business Collided" for the former college coach. As much as he claims that he doesn't do contracts, Kelly can't be running the show in Philadelphia - as many league insiders say he's now doing - unless he gets his hands dirty deciding upon the worth of his players.
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March 28, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Eagles' apparent attempts to trade DeSean Jackson raise the question of what, exactly, Chip Kelly is looking for in his wide-receiving corps. Kelly gave us some clues when he talked to reporters Wednesday at the NFL meetings. Previously, we figured we knew Kelly wanted more size than Jackson offers at 5-10, 175, though we know from watching how he used Jackson last season that Kelly isn't allergic to speed; he found a way to get Jackson a career-high 82 catches for 1,332 yards.
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March 28, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
ORLANDO, Fla. - At last, a little clarity. Asked whether he'd told DeSean Jackson he wouldn't be traded, Chip Kelly yesterday said that he wouldn't discuss specifics of their conversation, but that the Eagles will do what's best for the organization. Asked whether there was any way the Birds' offense could possibly be better without Jackson, Kelly said the Eagles' attack isn't predicated on one player. If you want to spin a fantasy about how this doesn't mean the Eagles are trying to trade Jackson, that Kelly could say the same thing about any player on the roster, go ahead, but "any player on the roster" was not the context, when Kelly sat down in front of several dozen reporters, the biggest throng gathered around any of the 16 tables at the NFC coaches' media breakfast.
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March 28, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
ORLANDO, Fla. - Judging from some of his comments at yesterday's NFC coaches-media breakfast, I get the sense that Chip Kelly hopes to be a television game-show host in his next life, where he could spend his work week handing out cars and Caribbean cruises and lawn furniture and big, big wads of cash to lucky winners. "I tell all our players I hope they all get paid a billion dollars," the Eagles coach said. "It's not the reality, but I think they all should be paid. This league makes a lot of money.
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March 28, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
FOR PEOPLE of a certain age who appreciate a certain genre of motion picture, nitroglycerin played a frequent role. Nitro, stored in glass jars and protected by cotton wadding in a rickety crate in the back of a buckboard, provided a thrill in the stock scene: The wagon goes out of control, putting some precious cargo in terrible danger. If that nitro got bumped too hard, or if the wagon careened over the cliff . . . BOOM! Chip Kelly is driving the wagon. His Eagles have cast DeSean Jackson as an expendable malcontent . . . after he completed his best season, and did so with a minimum of insubordination.
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March 27, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ORLANDO, Fla. - Chip Kelly is scheduled to talk to reporters this morning at the NFC coaches' media breakfast. That, we're sure about. If the Eagles' coach, like general manager Howie Roseman on Monday, refuses to discuss DeSean Jackson, the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes probably should hide the butter knives from frustrated Philadelphia-area scribes. When Kelly trudges past the row of chafing dishes to his league-mandated hour with the media, fewer than 36 hours will have passed since Jackson tweeted about a conversation with the coach, one that apparently left Jackson feeling he will remain an Eagle this season.
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March 27, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - In the latest twist of "As DeSean Jackson Turns," the wide receiver called a few teammates Tuesday to tell them he was staying with the Eagles a day after he spoke with coach Chip Kelly, a source close to the situation said. Earlier in the morning, Jackson posted the following on Instagram: "Good to talk to Big Chip today . . . Say or hear what ya want . . . The picture speaks for itself. " The post was accompanied by a picture of a laughing Kelly running toward Jackson with a padded club during practice last season.
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March 26, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - Howie Roseman spoke about the Eagles for 33 minutes Monday without substantively answering any questions about DeSean Jackson's future. That served as evidence of the team's nebulous relationship with its Pro Bowl receiver and a reminder that there are other, significant issues on the general manager's radar this offseason. Jackson's future is the dominant topic surrounding the team during the league meetings this week, although Roseman was mum on Jackson and avoided discussing the team's plans.
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March 26, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - If there was any remaining doubt that the Eagles were at least looking to shop DeSean Jackson, it was erased Monday when Howie Roseman did not refute reports of the wide receiver's eventual ouster. The Eagles had issued one "no comment" after another to reports last week that teams were contacting the Eagles and finally to an Inquirer report that they were full-bore trying to trade Jackson. But Roseman's relative silence at the NFL owners meetings Monday spoke volumes.
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