In a stunning move, the Philadelphia Eagles released Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson on Friday.
The team released the following statement in a tweet: "After careful consideration this offseason, Eagles decide to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today."
Jackson had been rumored to be on the trading blocks for weeks. But he inferred Monday on Twitter that he gleaned from a recent conversation with coach Chip Kelly that he would remain with the Eagles.
"Good to talk to Big Chip today!!! Say or hear what ya want!! Picture speaks for itself!! Winner," Jackson tweeted.
Kelly addressed Jackson's standing Wednesday at the NFL meetings in Orlando.
"I talked to DeSean and when you deal with situations like that it's coach to player, player to coach,'' Kelly said. "We had a good conversation. We're always going to do what's best for the football team. ... I like DeSean. He did a really nice job for us.
"He knows where he stands with us. And I know where I stand with him.''
Jackson had his best pro season in 2013, his sixth in the NFL. His 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine TDs all established or matched his career best totals for a single year.
A second-round pick out of Cal in 2008, Jackson was set to enter the third season of a five-year, $51 million contract he signed in the 2012 offseason after initially receiving the Eagles' franchise tag.