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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: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:25 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

ive been around..unlike you i stay around win or lose..i dont hide until the next season like you when your team loses. I could care less if they keep jackson or not. How your yanks do last season?



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:23 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

And when did Cruz ever burn Namdi? He caught a couple passes on him and thts it. Never burned him.

Burnt him or faked him out of jock at least 3 times in 2 games....look at the tapes...its all there.... 

Just like Jackson makes his other recievers look great

he does? who does he make look great? celek? LOL

Nicks makes Cruz look good.

Why does cruz get double teamed more than nicks?

Until Cruz can do what he did for a couple more season you cant say he is better then jackson

why not? cruz is better now....thats all that matters....right now if i had a wr to pick it would be cruz over jackson...period...




Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:19 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

guess the eagles had no heart either when they came back down 31-10 with 7 mins left to beat the giants in the 2010 season huh? yeah eagles have no heart tho. I think a lot of giant fans forget that they were only 9-7 this season. Had a great run to win the super bowl and all but the reality is your team sneaked in and got hot. Dont expect to go 12-4 next season like most giant fans are acting like they were last season.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:18 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

nova...where you been chump? how about that wet dream team this year? Go ahead keep D Jackson....you will never see a SB Championship in your lifetime.....Cowboys 5, Giants4, Redskins3, Eagles ahem 0!

Ryan Howard just struck out again!



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:14 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

crfannies opening up his trap again..whats new. And when did Cruz ever burn Namdi? He caught a couple passes on him and thts it. Never burned him. You prob think Cruz is a hall of famer too because of one season. Cruz will come back to reality. Just like Jackson makes his other recievers look great Nicks makes Cruz look good. Until Cruz can do what he did for a couple more season you cant say he is better then jackson. 



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:58 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Cruz put up better numbers than Larry Fitzgerald, you'd rather have Cruz over him too huh? 

well fitzgerald has a set of balls on him so obviously no (jackson is a punk)....my comparison was with cruz and jackson....please keep up toddler!



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:56 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Steve Smith was coming off of major surgery, who really expected him to do anything? Cmon now. Are you going to be serious or just keep commenting with non-sense.


and the giants were slammed by the media for letting him go.....dont you remember? how did that work out? TODDLER!



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

product is a typical eagles fan....in his feable mind he beleives the eagles are champs beacuse they have an all star team....he doesnt get that the game is won on the field....with guts and heart...something his team will never have with the likes of vick, jackson, nandi, samuel, etc, etc!

 

1960




Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:45 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

So product let me ask you, who would you take on your team right now.  Victor cruz or Deshawn Jackson?   





Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:40 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

If I were the Pats or another team that had a 1st rounder....I'd trade for him.


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