Foles: Jackson was 'great teammate to me'

Philadelphia Eaglesquarterback Nick Foles served as an honorary captain for the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul in their 54-41 victory over the Jacksonville Sharks on Saturday.

Foles was queried by Comcast SportsNet and wound up answering a number of questions about the Eagles.

Several questions pertained to the Eagles’ recent decision to release wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was ultimately signed by the Washington Redskins.

“You know, it's surprising,” Foles told Comcast SportsNet's Derrick Gunn on Jackson’s release. “But at the same time, you learn that it's a business. It's a tough business at times. We develop a lot of friendships on a team and I've had many of my close teammates let go. It's very tough, but at the same time you know it's part of the game, part of the business.”

Foles was asked again about his relationship with Jackson.

“He was a great teammate to me,” Foles said. “We had a great relationship on and off the field. Everybody has other things going on, but to me, personally, I really enjoyed playing with him and I'm excited that he landed on his feet. He's a heck of a player. … You wish them well. He landed on his feet and I know he's going to do well. He's a great player, he's been tremendous for me. But at the same time, we have to keep moving forward as an organization. But I do wish DeSean well. I had a blast playing with him.”

Foles also was asked about the direction of the Eagles, specifically at wide receiver.

“It will be interesting but I know that [the front office] is going to do a great job doing it,” Foles said. “Another teammate that I love dearly is [Jason] Avant, but he landed on his feet. I spoke to him the other day and I'm excited for his new journey. I know he's going to make a great impact there for [the Carolina Panthers] as he has for Philadelphia. And I'm excited for Philadelphia. I'm excited to see what happens because we've got a great group of guys and great coaches, so it'll be a good time.”