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Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:29 am
Edited on: February 13, 2012 10:32 am
 
D-Jax looks like a likely target for the Philly franchise tag. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson wants a new contract. This is not new news. But the latest reason for this discussion won't likely end with Jackson being any happier, as the Eagles are reportedly planning to place the franchise tag on Jackson before he gets to free agency.

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That's according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who says to "count on" the Eagles franchising Jackson because the team will not let Jackson "walk without getting something in return."

Philly has from February 20 to March 5 to apply the franchise tag. After that, Jackson would become a free agent. Jackson's already said he's fine with playing under the franchise tag in 2012, probably because he'd be willing to make around $9.5 million guaranteed. (More than three times the value of the entire rookie deal he just finished playing out.)

A pile of disastrous events -- an insurance policy, missed team meetings, a fourth-quarter benching, getting called out by teammates, you name it -- are sandwiched between Jackson's holdout before 2011 and his impending free agency in 2012. That being said, the Eagles need Jackson. The explosive wide receiver had just 58 catches for 961 yards in 2011, but his value to the Eagles offense as a deep threat can't be understated.

Additionally, the Eagles may seek a trade with Jackson once they use the franchise tag on the wideout, according to McLane. There are plenty of other wideout-needy teams in the NFL who might be interested in giving Jackson a long-term deal, and the Eagles would love to get something back for him.

Could a long-term deal with Jackson still happen? Of course it could. But Jackson and agent Drew Rosenhaus want Jackson to be paid like a top-five wideout.

"I think right in that range," Jackson said last year. "Maybe top-5 in the NFL. ...My playmaking skills and abilities, my punt returns, and the ability to get the ball and score on any play. I mean, Fitzgerald, he's a special receiver -- don't get me wrong -- but he doesn't play special teams so that adds an extra edge to it."

Jackson's not "wrong," per se, when discussing how his skills make him a valuable commodity. The problem is his attitude, which is so poor -- at times -- that it's reduced his effectiveness on the field and made him a distraction off of it. That's not exactly the type of behavior that sends teams scrambling to throw big-time, long-term money at a player.

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Comments

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:01 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

cruz is a much better player that jackson and is a TEAM player....hence super bowl victory....he was a huge impact on giants this year...ask that nandi guy!!....how is steve smith working out for yah....plus cruz is slated to make 490k....jackson 9.5mill...you cant in no way compare the two...get a clue and take the goggles off!!! youre drinking that philly cool aid again!



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:47 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

dont compare victor cruz asking for more money to d jackson.....cruz deserves the money and is slated to make only $490k....jackson doesnt....he is a just another memeber of the all over rated team!

You're right, don't compare them because your comment is ridiculous and stinks of bias. Cruz deserves it after ONE productive season, but Jackson didn't after THREE? Oh ok, that makes perfect sense. Wow. 



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:42 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Franchise, then trade his lazy behind somewhere.  When motivated, he's a very good (not great) receiver. I'd like to get something for him rather than just let him walk.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:32 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

dont compare victor cruz asking for more money to d jackson.....cruz deserves the money and is slated to make only $490k....jackson doesnt....he is a just another memeber of the all over rated team!



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:31 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Really?.....sounds like a great plan for the "Dream Team". Take an already disgruntled player and slap the franchise tag on him cause that'll make him happy and willing to play better. They need to either pay the guy and keep him or let him go because more drama is the last thing the Eagles need.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:29 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

I'd rather them let him walk. The Eagles don't need a guy with his attitude on ther team.  You see it now with Victor Cruz, he was a nobody up until this year and now all of a sudden he wants a new contract instead of honoring his original one.  Can any of you see any one of us going in to our boss and saying we want a raise because we are over achieving at our jobs? We'd be laughed out the door.  Get want you can for Jackson and let him go, he's cancer to the team!



Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:27 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Im on board with whatever it takes to get this guy to be focused and play. Deseas is one of the most electrifying players in the NFL, and cant be stopped in the open field. A contract albeit franchise tag, should motivate him to produce.




Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:24 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

The question here is, who cares? Eagles suck. What are they going to do next year, hire the Gatorade pourer an offensive coordinator job? It will be fun wathing $100milion man Mike Vick play in thse 4 games hes actually healthy for tho, at least Eagles fans have THAT to look forward to.



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:20 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

The big question here isn't the money.  Someone is going to pay him a ton of it.  And the Eagles probably woudn't even mind being the ones to do it.  He is young and he has skills.

The question here is attitude.  His certainly has been bad this past year.  He complains and whines, and avoids hits.  Not good.  But did he behave like that in the previous three years?  I don't remember that.  But maybe I just didn't notice.  Maybe all of this was due to his contract coming up.  Sure he should play full out every year, but perhaps he was just avoiding hits to prevent him from losing his payday. 

Once he gets a longterm contract, maybe he'll go back to playing full out.  Of course, once he gets a long-term deal maybe he'll sit back and coast.  But that is the real question the Eagles have to ask.  How will he play once he gets paid? 

One thing in his favor is actually his ego.  When some players talk like that ("I'm a top five receiver") they call it drive and determination.  If he really thinks he is a top five reciever, maybe he'll take that big contract and go out and play like one to prove his point and build his legacy. 

If he does that, then he will be worth any amount of money the Eagles see fit to give him, and the team will take a big step forward in the years to come. 



Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:11 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Another poor decision for Eagles brass.  He'll get paid for 1 year, play cautious, and bolt at end of the year.  The birds should sign a receiver over 6 foot to catch the bad throws from Vick.  Andy's farewell season will be 8-8 at best.  Time for a change.

Times yours . . .


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