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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: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Brinson is on target.  No one debates Jackson's skills (with the exception of a blogger or two here). But class skills require a class act off the field and Jackson hasn't been a Welker in that department. ESPECIALLY with the Eagles, you don't stand up your team after a nearly disastrous lock-out, anger your teammates, and cover your butt for fear of injury more than you cover the field.  And then your team misses the playoffs by one game, and you're talking about top 5 receivers, not top 5 teams?!  Apparently Jackson is changing his name because there ain't no "I" in "team" but there's a great big one in "Jackson."  Absolutely franchise him.  If the Chargers--for example--can't get their own Jackson in order, try a deal!  Get someone with similar skills who's still young and wants to help you win more than pad his pocket.  Otherwise, DeSean shuts up and amends his ways.  If not, why would any team--especially one with a coach on thin ice--commit long-term to an unreliable........butt?!  Tag him and shop him.



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:11 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Buyer beware with this A-Hole. Eagles would be dumb to waste that much of their cap space for an arrogant selfish prick.



Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:20 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Great nothing better than paying a man 2 million dollar a touchdown. This dude is so over-rated, the Eagles would better off giving that cash to the best safety or linebacker out there.  They can grab a vet for 2-3 million and get the same production out of him


dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:40 pm
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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:27 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Nova do you really think 21 T.D'S in 4 season is good.And to try to compare him to a Guy like Fitz is a joke,He is not anywhere near the W.R or in the same class as Fitz.
Really you never said tht? ^^^

At the end of the regular season is what I ment obviously.

Lopez cool the yanks beat the phillies the year after THEY won it..whats your point? I am talking about last season, And I guess with the yanks talent and payroll they should have been to 5 straight as well?  You really like to try and say tht I said things when I didnt, I can see that since I never compared the AL to the NL all I said was tht is a weak arguement saying the phillies have it easy because they play the Nats and Mets when it equats to only 32 games out of 162. Nats will be a whole lot better this season as well i expect.  



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:17 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

No way this happens since Andy is likely in his final year unless he goes deep into the playoffs next year, but should the Eagles franchise DeSean and be unable to work out a long-term deal they should trade him along with Asante and their #1 to the Rams for the #2 overall and take RG3 since Vick will never lead the Eagles to a SB.


dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:13 pm
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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:56 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

dlopez i never compared jackson to fitzgerald..dont know where you got that. I also wouldnt say the eagles are no where near the super bowl especailly when the super bowl champs were 1 game better then the eagles. Teams tht are hot at the end of the season have been going on runs...isnt who is technically better. And the eagles were the hottest team in football at the end of the season just was to late. Hopefully it will carry over to next season. 

And on the phillies, so 32 games playing the nats and the mets are the reason the phillies are good in a 162 game season. Guess the orioles dont suck huh? 



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:51 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

JMO but I think Desean is a prime candidate for the guy that gets his big payday and dissappears just like Haynesworth did. Why give him a long term deal that pays him like a top 5 WR when you can just franchise him and pay him like a top 5 but only for 1 year at a time?

I'll admit I love watching Jackson play, not just for his amazing skills but also because he is a ticking timebomb and you always know it's just a matter of time before he does something insanely boneheaded and stupid on the field to hurt his team. 




Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:49 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

yes it was a bad fumble but my point is he was trying hard to get up the field and make a play, saying he has no heart because he fumble is stupid comment. I cant predict the future but if the score is tied going into overtime and you scored after tht fumble and basically couldnt do anything all game giants lose by a touchdown. I think most people would believe that too probably not you ofcourse. 


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