PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles are either very close, or not close at all, to finding a way to part with wide receiver DeSean Jackson before next season, depending on who you talk to.
CSN Philly’s Geoff Mosher sparked an internet fire when he said that the DeSean Jackson is “one false step” away from being cut by the team.
The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane refuted that report, saying that the Eagles aren’t at all interested in moving Jackson.
Howie Roseman, seemingly amused by the speculation, decided to find out what he, himself, is “one false step” away from.
“Well it’s funny because what I did last night when I got home is, I played the ‘one false step away’ game with my wife. So I said, ‘what am I one false step away from?’ and she said, certainly kicked to the curb,” Roseman told 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Team on Thursday. “I’m one false step away from getting hit by a bus. I don’t know where that report came from. Obviously everything that we’re doing we’re going to do in the best interest of the Eagles. Don’t want to get into every rumor and kind of go through each player one by one, but certainly there was nothing there from anyone in this building that that report came from.”
Jackson said after the 2013 season that he believes he’s earned a new contract. The Eagles have made moves on just about every receiver except Jackson, re-signing Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin, while cutting Jason Avant.
Free agency in the NFL begins next week, and the Eagles have holes to fill, especially on defense. They’ve also got a solid amount of salary cap room to play with.
“We try to go into it [free agency] the same way [as the draft]. So we have a draft board for free agency and we rank them according to our grades and we have a lot of debate and discussion with our scouts and our coaches about “fits.” And sometimes that’s one of the big things. There may be a player that’s out there who is a really good player, who just doesn’t fit our scheme, and so for us to go out and give him big money doesn’t really make a lot of sense even though he’s a really good player. So what we try to do there is go through “non-fits” for our scheme, guys that won’t fit into our culture and chemistry of our team,” Roseman said.
“When you bring in new people—it’s like anywhere else, if you bring a new person into the environment, how are they going to fit in? What are people going to look at them like? It’s no different when a new kid comes into school, a new kid comes into the workplace, now you bring in five or six of them and people are going am I good enough? Do they not like me? What are they thinking about me if they have to bring all these guys in? Chemistry is very important to us and we want to do things and build things the right way.”