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Eagles place franchise tag on DeSean Jackson

Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:33 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 4:49 pm

By Josh Katzowitz

The first franchise tag has been placed, and Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is the lucky recipient of it.

Well, lucky in as much, as he’ll make about $9.5 million for 2012, but not so lucky in that Jackson has badly wanted a long-term deal for the past two seasons. Lucky in that Jackson can begin to rebuild his reputation after a terrible end of 2011 when we wondered about his bad attitude. Unlucky in that if Jackson were to suffer a significant injury, his prospects for a big-time deal after 2012 will diminish greatly.

“We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said in a statement. “DeSean is a talented player and a proven playmaker in this league and we look forward to him continuing his career in Philadelphia. It’s our understanding that he has the same desire. We will continue our efforts on getting a long-term deal done with him.”

DeSean's forgettable season
Before the end of last season, the Eagles might have felt they needed to reward Jackson -- ranked No. 6 in our free agent wide receiver rankings -- with the long-term deal in order to keep him happy. After all, he had back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2009-10, but his play fell off last year when he caught only four touchdown passes.

More damaging than that, though, was his attitude. He missed meetings, the Eagles benched him in the fourth quarter of the Patriots game, and teammates openly questioned his effort.

Jackson and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said all along he was a top-five receiver, but he certainly didn’t play like -- or act like -- one.

For his part, Jackson later apologized for his actions and, when asked if he was OK if the Eagles tagged him, he said “Why wouldn’t it? Hey, it’d be all right. God’s got a plan, brother. I’m going to roll with it.”

Looks like the rolling with it part begins right now.

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Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:14 pm

Eagles place franchise tag on DeSean Jackson

To their credit, the Eagles have done a good job in managing contracts and players.  (Drafting and signing the correct players is a different story.)  But on the business end, they do well.  They franchise Jackson, not playing any mind games and waiting until Monday's deadline.  Now they can decide whether or not they want to discuss a long term deal with him and his agent.  Regardless, we know where he'll be come the start of camp.  Now all focus can be on their pick in the draft - the most important draft of Reid's career in Philadelphia.  He's got to be bold and smart like his pick of McNabb.  And like that draft he needs quarterback, but this time it's a signal caller for his defense.  

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:05 pm

Eagles place franchise tag on DeSean Jackson

Let's see how he plays next year making 9 million plus...If it was anything like last year he'll be gone

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:05 pm

Eagles place franchise tag on DeSean Jackson

As a giants fan, this makes me happy. As long as the Eagles keep players who aren't Winners, but really WHINERS, they will continue to be a team that will never win a Super Bowl. 

Oh yea, cue the Punt return last year in comments.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:58 pm

Eagles place franchise tag on DeSean Jackson

If anyone thinks his attitude is ever going to change, their living in a fantasy world.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:57 pm

Eagles place franchise tag on DeSean Jackson

It's funny . . .Used to be, we'd expect that a player would play exceptionally hard in the season before free agency, hoping to win a good contract.  Now, if Jackson is the new example, such a player will avoid playing hard, to avoid getting hurt.  Is this the wave of the future? 

In my view, they shoud have taken last season's CBA negotiations as an opportunity to get rid of franchise and transitions tags once and for all.  They're anomalies.

At the least, this move by the Eagles probably puts the kibosh on any Burress talk, unless and until the Eagles trade Jackson or revoke the tag and let him walk.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:50 pm

Eagles place franchise tag on DeSean Jackson


Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:50 pm

Eagles place franchise tag on DeSean Jackson

This guy will never be on my fantasy football team ever again! Mutt!

Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:45 pm

Eagles place franchise tag on DeSean Jackson

He might play very cautiously... maybe he will drop that pass over the middle because he wanted to protect himself for his next contract.  Never know if that next concussion will be a career-ender, so he may protect himself, which could hurt production.

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