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Jackson move makes sense for Eagles

Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:02 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 10:22 am
 
Keeping DeSean Jackson was smart for the Philadelphia Eagles. Now, the club should figure out a way to sign him to a long-term deal.

Granted, Jackson was inconsistent last year and had too many drops. But he came around and, after the season, apologized for allowing his contract to be a distraction. That's a start.

All I know is that he's the team's most explosive player, a playmaker who can stretch the field, make big plays and is a perfect fit in any offense run by Michael Vick. When Vick scrambles, he's looking downfield for open receivers, and the speedy Jackson is often a deep target.

Of course, it's inside the locker room where some critics worry about the guy. But people close to the Eagles believe that Jackson is not a character risk; that he can be the complete player -- the team player -- he was before 2011.

That's because they believe that what happened last year was the inevitable consequence of the Eagles passing out millions to unrestricted free agents from other clubs -- with players who had experience with the Eagles, like Jackson, wondering why they weren't getting a piece of the pie.

Well, now he is.

Even though the Eagles have made a one-year commitment to him, the Eagles can still trade the guy. But I wouldn't expect that to take place ... not unless Jackson expresses dissatisfaction with the franchise tag.

That happened in 2002 with then franchise-player Jeremiah Trotter, and the Eagles wound up releasing him.

It won't happen here. If anything, the Eagles would trade Jackson. But I don't see that happening, either. I mean when general manager Howie Roseman says, "We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul" he sounds like someone who envisions Jackson sticking around for more than this season.

Then there's Jackson's statement Thursday night: "I am honored that the Philadelphia Eagles' organization perceives me as a franchise player. I look forward to getting a long-term deal done soon and being an Eagle for many years to come."

That sure sounds like someone who envisions sticking around more than one season, too.

Coach Andy Reid knows the value of Jackson to his offense, and a happy Jackson makes the Eagles a dangerous offense ... again. This was a good move -- for Jackson and the Eagles.













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Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Jackson move makes sense for Eagles

If anything this year is DeSean's chance to prove to the team he deserves a long term deal for top 10 WR money. Top 5? He's gonna have to have a hell oi a year for me to consider him a top 5.



Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:58 pm
 

Jackson move makes sense for Eagles

I sure would love to see Mike Wallace and Plaxico INSTEAD of Desean Jackson for that money!



Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:54 pm
 

Jackson move makes sense for Eagles

I had wished the Eagles would have let him walk. I am tired of this diva attitude.



Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:22 pm
 

Jackson move makes sense for Eagles

Eagles season ticket holder here, so I had the - ahem - pleasure of seeing alot of this guy and what his "impact" is on the team.  I have to say, what the Eagles could have used more of was a big, across-the-middle receiver.  Since Vick is so impatient in the pocket, there simply isn't enough time to get the ball to Jackson - who wasn't nearly as effective at running past coverage and getting downfield for the ball.  Too often, Jackson still had his back to the QB and Vick was either dumping off the ball, taking off, or sacked.  So, while it wasn't all Jackson's fault last year, he definitely seemed to be less open/slower/slacking/etc. over past years.



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:13 pm
 

Jackson move makes sense for Eagles

I couldn't disagree with this more. This guy is a punk who doesn't deserve the privileged life of a NFL player.



Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 6:28 pm
 

Jackson move makes sense for Eagles

I think that LeSean McCoy, not DeSean Jackson, is still the Eagles' most explosive player. Jackson is too boom-or-bust and disappears too often in games, even before his stinker of a 2011 campaign.


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