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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: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:32 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Blitzylvania, Desean Jackson is NOT a top 15 receiver in the NFL.  If you think he is, then you don't watch enough football.  He isn't top 25.  He isn't even the Eagles best receiver (Maclin is).  Returner/Receiver is NOT someone you pay top 5 (average) money too.  Besides, read the rest of my original post from this morning... this guy pouts, quits, gets called out by teammates, and is just a "ME First" LOSER.  They have tons of great football players for about half the cost, who help teams win games, play hurt, produce, never complain and are simply WINNERS (See Marques Colston for example).  For the money Desean wants, you can get 2 quality players, who will actually bust their a**es for the Eagles, instead of playing only for himself.


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Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:28 pm
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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:51 pm
 

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.
And btw, it's no longer top5 money that a franchise tagged player gets.  It's now the average of the top receiver salary of the past 5 years, which for the most part reduces how much said franchise tagged player will receive in 1 year.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:50 pm
 

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.
He's definitely a top15 receiver, but that's not the true title of his position.  He's a top five wideout/returner.  Of all the things he can do on the football field during game day, receive passes with blazing speed and agility, run the ball with blazing speed and agility, do kick and punt returns with blazing speed (though he pretty much only does punt returns)...how many receivers can do that and be one of the better receivers in the league?  Maybe 1 other guy? 



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:48 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Oh wow really?

This is amazing that this wasn't news a couple weeks ago when it was pretty much announced before that the Eagles would tag him.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:46 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

I just saw DeSean at Chipotle. He dumped his tray two feet before the trash can and started celebrating. He ended up on the trainer's table and was unable to finish his Dr. Pepper.




Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:40 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Kyle Williams trying to make a play for his team when no team was doing anything has no heart because he fumbled it. Your right, great logic.

It was a bad fumble...he was barely touched....

Giants lose tht game if williams doesnt let the ball touch his leg.

what you can predict the future?

So the gaints would have had no heart but because they got a lucky break they have more heart. hahaha its laughable tht people are this unintelligent. 


Niners played great in that game especially defensively....so yeah if the giants lost that game the niners had more heart....you are such a geek....football is very much a game of emotions....if you dont know that you should stick to ping pong




Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:25 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

I just saw DeSean at Chipotle. He dumped his tray two feet before the trash can and started celebrating. He ended up on the trainer's table and was unable to finish his Dr. Pepper.



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:25 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

yupp your right cryfannies the eagles had no heart. Every team tht loses has no heart your so smart.

Kyle Williams trying to make a play for his team when no team was doing anything has no heart because he fumbled it. Your right, great logic.

Giants lose tht game if williams doesnt let the ball touch his leg. So the gaints would have had no heart but because they got a lucky break they have more heart. hahaha its laughable tht people are this unintelligent. 


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