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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
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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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Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:10 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Don't agree with this move.  He proved last year he is a "me" guy and will purposely harm the team on the field if he is not happy.  Either pay him or move him.



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:48 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Pay this locker room virus the money he's looking for and it'll be a huge mistake.  DeSean Jackson is talented, but moreso on the special teams side of the field.  He's a good receiver, but he's tiny.  If he doesn't burn you on that one big play, he gets shut down.  I wouldn't throw a ton of money at a guy who is hit or miss each and every week. 



Since: Jul 17, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:45 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

I hate it when the dirtbags act like little babies throughout the year and then hold out for a big contract thinking they deserve it. Trade him to The Browns.....



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:39 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

As an Eagle fan, I would love to see them cut this average bum.  DeSean does one thing well and that is open up the field for the other WR's on the team, but I would much rather see this team bring in a Vincent Jackson than keep DeSean.  He has value, don't get me wrong, but when you won't go over the middle and shy away from hits, what good are you.  Eventually every team realizes that all you are going to do is try to get over the top on them and that becomes an easy thing to take away.  DeSean needs to go to a place where he is not the #1 WR.  If he were on the other side of Calvin or another great WR, he would be nasty again, but he is about to make too much money for his value in my opinion.....



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:36 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

They could trade for Victor Cruz, who makes $400k or something. redwings doesn't want Victor Cruz to get paid but thinks DeSean Jackson should get paid. That makes no sense to me, they can just franchise him and keep him. Potential FAs are going to look at the Victor Cruz situation (which hasn't even become a situation yet, because Cruz isn't holding out or anything) and see how that is resolved vs. worrying about D-Jax making near $10M in a year.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:30 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

I agree that all players are essentially overpaid.  I just believe Jackson has acted out too many times to invest that significantly in him.  Give me Marcus Colston (free agent) who has posted unbelievable numbers for 6 years running with Saints.  Has never been to a Probowl, but the only time  you hear his name is when he catches 8 passes for 150 yds and a TD evey game.  Pay that guy about 75% of what you will be paying Jackson, and you get the following:  A winner; a Leader; a Tough Guy; a Guy who plays hurt; a Guy who never says a peep negatively; and a Producer.  Teams win games with the Colstons of the world, and they lose games because of the Desean Jacksons of the world.  Plenty of other "Colstons" out there for about half of the money the Eagles will spend on Jackson.  You pay much less, and get much more.  The Eagles problems this year are correlative to paying primdonna types too much money for too little return.   



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:14 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Waste of  putting the Tag on this guy.  He isn't even the best receiver on the Eagles, and probably not even a top 25 receiver in the NFL.  Yet, they are going to pay him top 5 money??? Joke.  Let him go pout for someone else.  The Eagles some some character guys, not clubhouse cancers.  Better off making an offer to a proven, motivated TEAM FIRST guy, who is also probably much cheaper and more effective.  

I understand what you're saying but I don't think you guys are looking at this the right way.  It's not always about whether or not a player is "worth" what he's about to be paid, there are a few other factors involved.  He's only 25 years old and in 4 years has put up some pretty good numbers in the 59 games he started.  The guy is a capable big play reciever and if the Eagles don't sign him they have to replace him with somebody else.  Where do they find that person and how much are they really going to save? 

And there are many other factors involved as well.  Other players in the league are watching and if you think star players on other teams or free agents that would consider the Eagles as their next destination aren't watching then you're nuts.  When you cheap out on guys like this others take notice, it doesn't do well for the reputation of the team.

Everybody is overpaid in sports today, what's the difference if Jackson makes a little more then he should?  What's he really worth? 5 or 6 million?  So they overpay by 2 or 3 or 4 million, so what?  The guy has the ability to become a star reciever in the NFL..... like I said, there aren't that many around.

You have guys like Fitzgerald signing crazy deals.  Calvin Johnson is about to get a deal in the 140 to 150 million dollar range for God sakes.  How is 9.5 million dollars THAT bad?   Calvin is a lot better, sure he is.  But 15 times better?  C'mon.... it's all relative man. These guys make a fortune, we as fans have to learn to deal with it.  



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:08 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Pay the kid. He's bailed out the eagles plenty of times wto win games. If they trade him, get a vet LINEBACKER that can play well. That's what they rally need.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:51 am
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Waste of money putting the Tag on this guy.  He isn't even the best receiver on the Eagles, and probably not even a top 25 receiver in the NFL.  Yet, they are going to pay him top 5 money??? Joke.  Let him go pout for someone else.  The Eagles some some character guys, not clubhouse cancers.  Better off making an offer to a proven, motivated TEAM FIRST guy, who is also probably much cheaper and more effective.  



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:48 am
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