Lurie: Jackson's release a 'football decision'

April, 29, 2014
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DeSean Jackson caught only three passes for 53 yards in the Philadelphia Eagles' 26-24 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints last season.

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Though reports have surfaced saying otherwise, Eagles coach Chip Kelly called it a "football decision" when the team decided to release the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie continues to support his coach.

"It became clear at the end of the year he (Kelly) wanted to certainly go at the wide receiver position differently," Lurie told the Philadelphia Inquirer at the Eagles' 18th annual Playground Build on Monday. "Once that decision was made it was a matter of whether we were going to be able to make any kind of trade. And when it was obvious there were going to be no trade offers, the fair thing to the player was to release him.

"And in today's NFL, it's not surprising that would happen with double-digit contracts. You don't see players getting traded these days, you see them getting released."

Lurie clearly trusts his second-year coach, who guided the Eagles to a 10-6 record and an NFC East title in his rookie year.

"I think Chip's always going to not just base things on statistics," Lurie told the Philadelphia Inquirer, "but how ... you're going to perform in the playoffs and where do you get your ultimate goal. What's the best chance?"

Lurie was pressed some more on the decision to release Jackson.

"It was really a football decision," Lurie told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Chip and his people were incredibly clear that for us to get better we need to take a step back and reconfigure the wide receiver position. I think common to a lot of really smart coaches, he knows exactly what he wants at every position. And for Chip on offense, it just wasn't a good fit. It just was not a good fit with what he asks wide receivers to do."

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