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Howie Roseman mum on DeSean Jackson: 'He's still under contract'

Howie Roseman met with reporters for more than 30 minutes on Monday and discussed a variety of topics -- except DeSean Jackson.

Howie Roseman mum on DeSean Jackson: 'He's still under contract'

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. (Ed Hille/Staff Photographer)
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. (Ed Hille/Staff Photographer)

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Howie Roseman met with reporters for more than 30 minutes on Monday and discussed a variety of topics --  except DeSean Jackson. The Eagles general manager had little to say about the Pro Bowl receiver and would not comment on the speculation that Jackson will be traded. 

"He's still under contract," Roseman said. "For us, until there's anything to report on our players, that's where we are."

Roseman was asked follow-up questions on Jackson, but emphasized his desire to keep conversations private. He said he respects the questions, but noted that he also has a job to do. He would not say whether he's spoken to Jackson, and also evaded a question about whether he considered Jets owner Woody Johnson's remarks on Sunday to be tampering.

"I haven't read all the speculation, all the reports about everything," Roseman said. "I'm trying to keep my head down at this point, enjoy my family a little bit, and I obviously know there's a lot of speculation that's going on, but for us, any conversations we have with teams, about teams, I think it serves well, with the relationships we have them, to keep those conversations private."

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Roseman reiterated that his public comments have been consistent -- that conversations with players are private. When asked what he would tell fans who are confused about the speculation, Roseman again did not want to go into details and turned the conversation to the organization's commitment to winning. How trading a 27-year-old Pro Bowler fits in that plan remains a point of confusion, but Roseman offered little clarity in that area.

"I've always been open and willing to talk to you guys and our fans, and I think if it's appropriate other than speculation, I'll be happy to do that," Roseman said. "Obviously, the only thing we care about is winning. We want to win. We are very fortunate we have an owner who gives us the resources to do it. I think if you look, even now, where we are in team spending this offseason, it's high. We're going to be aggressive. We're going to do whatever it takes. We just started here. It's our first year in this program, and so it's very important all the things we're talking about. It's hard; we're only in March still."

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