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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Financial reasons for Jackson's release

By Andy Jasner

The hottest topic surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday centered around reaction to the recent release of three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

At the 18th annual Playground Build, the Eagles' brass discussed the reasons for making the controversial move.

Coach Chip Kelly, general manager Howie Roseman and owner Jeffrey Lurie all said it was simply a football decision.

What about the financial reasons?

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Jackson's salary cap number would have been $12.75 million this season in the third year of a five-year, $47 million contract signed in March 2012.

The Daily News also reported Jackson's cap number would have been higher than 20 of the 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL this season.

“He had a very expensive contract,” Kelly told the Daily News about Jackson’s contract. “There's a guy who was one of the best corners in the NFL (Darrelle Revis) was let go this year. That guy is a helluva player. But there's a lot of economics that get involved.”

Roseman also offered his thoughts on the economic aspects of the decision.

“We gave him the contract (two years ago) because he's a really good player,” Roseman told the Daily News. “We felt comfortable with it. But two years is a long time. We had a lot of changes in two years, and circumstances change. We're trying to build something that lasts. With that comes hard decisions. When you're managing a team in the NFL, the amount of resources that you get in terms of salary cap and the players that come up in terms of contracts, you've got to make decisions. You've got to figure out how you're going to build your team and where you're going to put your resources. All of the decisions we made this offseason are about trying to put the best team together moving forward.”