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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: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Pay him and make him a team captain like Santonio Holmes.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:10 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

you must not watch too much football cause everytime i turned around cruz was burning that overpriced nandi...and steve smith was brought into it because cruz ended up being steve smiths replacemnent....is this all too hard for you to keep up with?

No, you're just stupid and have the logic of a toddler. 


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.


Do you even realize you're using your own arguments against each other? Of course you don't. On one hand, Cruz deserves more money after one great season --- and then on the other hand Nnamdi is over-priced because he had one bad season. When are you going to make some sense? Is all your BS "too hard for you to keep up with" ?

 



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:01 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

yeah product... id much rather have cruz on my team than jackson....good luck with your all star team....1960!

Yeh, that's what I thought.


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



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:01 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

product

you must not watch too much football cause everytime i turned around cruz was burning that overpriced nandi...and steve smith was brought into it because cruz ended up being steve smiths replacemnent....is this all too hard for you to keep up with?



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:59 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

yeah product... id much rather have cruz on my team than jackson....good luck with your all star team....1960!



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:56 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

You really think all of these guys are better?  Because you're wrong.  Eagles should have given this guy a contract before last season.  Some of the antics we saw from DJax were hyped up by media coverage looking for stupid story....

If you don't think teams should pay guys who outplay their contracts, see Matt Forte



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:51 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

cruz is a much better player that jackson and is a TEAM player....hence super bowl victory....

LOLLLL. You've come to that conclusion after ONE season? Wow. But I'm the one "drinking the koolaid" with my "goggles on". Listen to yourself right now. We've never seen that in the NFL before, huh, a player have a breakout season then come back to reality. Not saying he'll be a one-hit wonder, but damn, let the man play a couple seasons before he's the next Marvin Harrison. Like another poster said, on a few other teams, Jackson is breaking records and damn near unstoppable. Philadelphia doesn't use him the right way, imo. If he were in Wes Welker's situation, good god, he'd be a damn nightmare. Or in New Orleans on that turf half the season catching passes from Brees. He'd put up video game stats. 


...ask that nandi guy!!....how is steve smith working out for yah....

Wut? How did Nnamdi get brought into this? He got paid what he deserved. Let's look at the factors behind his performance before you start talking stupid  -- new team on another coast, new system, a new DC that had never even coached defense before, and no training camp. Those circumstances would make it hard on any player to adjust to right away. Let him have a full off-season before you start giving us your expert analysis. 


Steve Smith got signed for peanuts. He wasn't supposed to be a savior or any sorts. So again, how did he get brought into this? Not to mention he was coming off of a season ending injury.


 



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:29 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

To be a top wide reciever you need talent and desire...Jackson has talent but lacks desire...Philly fans want hard working players...not players who show up when they want to...Jackson is great in open space...no so much across the middle and the red zone...punt returns disapeared last year because of desire....Franchise him and trade him



Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:27 pm
 

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

This is one of the reasons, players should get paid off of performance instead of a set salary. How many players have received that big pasycheck and not carry their weight until it's time for another contract?


ALFIwantsout
Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:20 pm
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