IS EX-EAGLE D-JAX REALLY COMING BACK TO PHILLY OR JUST TEASING?

By Peter Gleason

So, is former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was sent packing two years ago by washout coach Chip Kelly, really coming back to town or just teasing us?

Is Jackson, who is now playing for the Washington Redskins, simply keeping his options open or is this a realistic possibility?

Earlier this season, he indicated the issue for him in Philly was Kelly, the man who dumped him in 2014. Kelly cut Jackson after a career year and he quickly found a home with the Redskins.

“I never really had hard feelings toward Philadelphia, besides being released by whoever released me,” Jackson said in a media conference call two months ago. “That’s different — but I guess he’s not there anymore.”

The old Philly group remains tight, with Jackson saying during the fall that he still speaks with running back LeSean McCoy, banished by Kelly to Buffalo, “every day.”

So it would seem that there’s an emotional component as well as business considerations. And then there’s the fact that Jackson, now 30, keeps reminding the Eagles what they lost. He’s faced his former team five times (missing one game in 2015) and has had three 100-yard receiving games against the Eagles. And Jackson is 4-1 against his old team.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported early this month that the Eagles were likely to pursue Jackson him after the season, with another ESPN report claiming that Jackson would be “intrigued” by the idea. Fans seemed ready to welcome back the receiver who spent his first six seasons with the Eagles after the Redskins’ 27-22 win on Dec. 11.

“That’s the first time ever I’m hearing that, them cheering for me,” a smiling Jackson said in an NFL Network interview. “It’s just interesting. You never know how things go. You come two years ago, they boo you; you come a year ago, they boo you. Now everybody’s saying how much they love me. So you take it for what it’s taken for, and we had a game to win. We came here, back against the wall, we won the game, so that’s all that matters.”

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