Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly told reporters at Wednesday’s NFC coaches breakfast that he had talked with DeSean Jackson and appreciated the talent he brought to the team last season.
However, Kelly didn’t deny the trade speculation that has surrounded the wide receiver this offseason, according to the New York Daily News.
“We had a good conversation,” Kelly said at the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. “We’re always going to do what’s best for the football team. I think he knows where we are, and I know where he is. I feel very comfortable about it. … I like DeSean. DeSean did a really nice job for us. But we’re always going to do what’s best for the organization.”
Jackson, who tallied nine touchdowns and 1,332 receiving yards last season, would be a hot commodity if the Eagles released him. So far, despite conflicting reports on whether or not he’ll stay with the Eagles, Jackson remains in Philadelphia.
Whether or not he’ll play for the Eagles in 2014 isn’t a complete certainty, and Kelly insisted that a successful team doesn’t revolve around one player.
“It’s never been about just one guy,” Kelly said. “We were first in rushing and I think ninth in passing. There’s balance in how we do things.”