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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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Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:25 am

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

He has 21 Recievings T.D's in 4 years that is horrible

LOL. I love how people disregard all his other touchdowns. 

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:39 am

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

IF they weren't going to sign Jackson to a long term deal I believe that they will use the franchise tag so that they get compenasted as much as they can for him. Otherwise, why not sign him to the longerm deal. They already have conceded the fact that he's not a reciever worthy of that kind of money. So they might as well get what they can for him. It's a shame however, just like Terrell Owens, Jackson had the potential to do great things with this team and be a great player.

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 6:56 am

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

It was rumor that the Philadelphia Eagles was going to put a franchise tag on DeSean Jackson then use him as trade bait afterwards. Honestly i think the Eagles are giving up on this kid just because he had an emotional issue and had one "fall-off" season. If the Eagles trade him to an divisional team like they traded a player before, they will regret it. Yes he have a emotional problem, but what NFL doesn't, I think DeSean Jackson is a great player

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:15 am

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson is a talented NFL WR. There is no disputing that fact! The problem lies in that DeSean doesn't have the ability to keep his mouth shut and his options open. I will stand by the fact that I call him a PUNK. He regularly puts his ego before the team, and often forgets that he needs to backup his statements of perceived grandour. Lack of concentration, stupid egocentric pentalties, and lack of a great arm throwing to him will continue DeSean down the path of a talented WR that never acheives his potential. Add that to the growing sentiment that NOBODY gives a shit about him anymore, and I say the Eagles are fools for putting the FR tag on him. Let's let Maclin step into the spotlight, and quit making excuses for the crying littel turd known as DeSean Jackson...

Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:06 am
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Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:44 am

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Nova do you really think 21 T.D'S in 4 season is good

He has 28 touchdowns in 4 seasons, and yes, that's very good. 

KEYWORD: value

The only people that think he's overrated or not worth the money are fans -- which is exactly why fans are fans and not in the front office. Do you seriously think the majority of GM's in the league wouldn't love to pay him $9M for his services? "Speed kills", especially when the fastest guy on the field can run routes, catch, and return kicks. 

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:15 am

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

LOL @ "Vick will never lead them to a Superbowl". Oh ok, but Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer could. 

And to the guy saying he wouldn't pay a small receiver, that's why you're not a GM. He's taller than Wes Welker and Steve Smith. It's not about measurements, it's about the offensive coordinator coming up with the right way to use the player. 

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:40 am

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Knew this was the only way DSJ is kept without going thru real negotiations. DSJ at his size is not going across the middle unless it's deep & he's got steps on his defender. Shorter and more intermediate routes he's never going to be going across the middle, ever ! The question is, is his WR talents/game style, along with the kick return specialty worth top 5 WR money to any team or the Eagles ?

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:44 pm

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

You obviously don't watch enough football by seeing the affect that DeSean Jackson has on the game.  He draws double teams all day; why do think Maclin gets open more often then him? 

And get two "quality" players, so what?  How many plays can you put those two together in there?  Running 4 wideouts is not even common among the super passing teams. 

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:29 pm

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

I have a real problem with giving that much money to small receivers. If he was 6'2" i would say pay him but he's not and i would trade him to NE for their 2 number ones and draft the WR that caught passes from RG3 and draft offensive lineman with the other ones. Or i would sign Bowe from kansas city. I just don't that he brings the total package to the table ala a small Randy Moss.

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