Don't blame DeSean Jackson if he's not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day.
The Philadelphia Eagles, Jackson's team, have not exactly shown him the love lately. Green with envy? Sure, if the idiom fits ...
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly repeatedly has been asked about the standing of Jackson on his team, and instead of directly answering the questions, Kelly has danced around them and turned them back on the questioners.
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Jackson has been reading up on it, too. That has left him wondering where he stands in Year 2 of the Kelly era, and there's certainly one big reason why Jackson wants to know the deal: He's due to make a base salary of $10.5 million this season.
According to phillymag.com, Jackson remains in the dark about his status, that he hasn't been contacted by the team and that the whole thing is “a bit of a distraction," according to people close to him. Those people add:
"We're in the dark like everyone else," the Jackson source said. "Thought he would at least be worthy of some kind of communication."
Kelly has made sure to contact others on the team, including some — like Michael Vick — who will not be back. That says a lot about Jackson and where he stands. Maybe his money, in Kelly's eyes, is not the only thing that worries the coach.
This one bears watching. The free-agent market is mostly dried up at the position, but May's draft brings quite the bounty there. It's so deep, in fact, some people are putting the receiver class in the best-ever category.
Is there a market for Jackson? Could he be treaded? Another story to track as we sit less than two months prior to draft weekend.
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