Philadelphia Eagles head coach, Chip Kelly today discussed his decision to cut DeSean Jackson this offseason.
And Kelly was quick to refute claims that Jackson's departure was for anything other than footballing reasons:
"We just wanted to go in a different direction. It had nothing to do with any article. Purely football," New York Post's Bart Hubbuch reported the 50-year-old as saying.
And Kelly, who led the Eagles to a 10-6 record last season, made clear that they were left with no other alternative as they looked to offload the wide receiver:
"We had no offers for DeSean. If doesn't matter what we wanted, because we had no offers."
Rumors circulated following the player's exit that Kelly and the franchise had concerns with Jackson's off field activities, with reports linking him to alleged gang ties prominent.
But with the NFL last week announcing that they were satisfied that the Philadelphia team had no other motivation other than football reasons for releasing Jackson, it does seem that it was that simple.
Many have been critical of the decision considering Jackson made 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in a career year last season.
But, the man now with rivals the Washington Redskins, would have been owed $10.7 million for 2014 and clearly Kelly and the Eagles hierarchy felt it unwarranted.