ORLANDO -- In the latest twist of As DeSean Jackson Turns, the wide receiver called a few teammates on Tuesday morning to tell them he was staying with the Eagles a day after he spoke with coach Chip Kelly, a source close to the situation told The Inquirer.
Early Tuesday morning Jackson posted the following on Instagram and Twitter with a picture of a laughing Kelly chasing him last season during practice with a paddle: "Good to Talk to BIg Chip today !! Say or hear what ya want !! The Picture speaks for itself !! Winner…"
Kelly is scheduled to meet with reporters on Wednesday, but he and the organization may have had a change of mind, unless Jackson misinterpreted his conversation with his coach. Kelly and Jackson had not spoken since the end of the season, a source close to Jackson said.
The Eagles said they had no comment.
For weeks, the possibility of Jackson's departure from the Eagles seemed to grow with each day and each report. Last week, three NFL sources told The Inquirer that the Eagles were actively shopping the Pro Bowl receiver. There were also reports that the New York Jets, Raiders, Panthers, 49ers and Seahawks had expressed some interest in Jackson.
Jets owner Woody Johnson came right out and said that his team was interested, but that it was unlikely to trade for Jackson. The Raiders reportedly had the same stance. The 49ers denied any interest, as did the Seahawks and Panthers.
The Eagles were reportedly seeking at least a third-round draft pick for Jackson, but sources said they were unlikely to get as much and may have had to release him if they didn't want him back. So the Eagles stood the chance of getting nothing in return for the 27-year old, who was coming off the best season of his career.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, when asked about Jackson on Monday, would only say that he remained under contract. He didn't comment when asked if Jackson would be on the team by April 21.
This story, which has had many twists and turns, is fluid and far from over.