Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly refused to rule out the departure of DeSean Jackson before the season begins and threw further doubt over his future.
Kelly revealed he had spoken to the Eagles' leading receiver about his situation and that both were clear on each others situation. However, his talk about the conversation failed to mention whether Jackson would be going or not and his comments on whether he would be missed could be open to the interpretation that a trade or released.
"We've had a good conversation, and we're always going to do what's best for the football team," Kelly is quoted as saying in an ESPN.com report.
"But I think he knows where we are, and I know where he is. I feel very comfortable about it. My conversations with him aren't things I think I need to have a conversation with anyone else about."
ESPN also claimed there had been numerous reports that Jackson would either be traded or released, though the Philadelphia Enquirer ran reports on Tuesday that he had told friends he would not be traded.
Jackson totalled career high numbers last season with 82 receptions for 1332 yards, though speculation surrounding his future has been sparked by him about to earn $10.5million in the coming 2014 season. Any Philly fans hoping he will be staying will not be feeling better after Kelly's comments regarding Jackson's future.
"I like DeSean. DeSean did a really nice job for us [last season]. But we're always going to do what's best for the organization," he added.