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"We just wanted to go in a different direction. It had nothing to do with any article. Purely football," Kelly said, per the New York Post's Bart Hubbuch.
The second-year NFL coach said once the team tried to go in a different direction, it attempted to trade the receiver.
"We had no offers for DeSean," Kelly said, noting Jackson's onerous contract as a burden to a trade. "It doesn't matter what we wanted, because we had no offers."
Lurie dismissed the idea that Jackson landing with the division rival Washington Redskins was a blow to Philly.
"We're not afraid of any player going to a team in our division," the owner said. "Let's check back in three years and see where we're at."