Should Eagles be concerned about DeSean Jackson's rap career?

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Should Jackson's record label be a concern? (Getty Images)

This offseason, DeSean Jackson was among a number of Eagles who were rewarded by the team with a big contract. The wide receiver finally got his payday, cashing in with a five-year, $48.5 million deal.

Even though the deal was well-timed for the Eagles and a pretty decent value, there are concerns about whether Jackson will live up it on the field. What about off the field, though?

An article Wednesday from Tim MacManus on PhillyMag.com paints a picture of D-Jax the rap mogul and certainly raises some questions as to whether or not the wideout is entirely focused on football as he spends his offseason (and his money) building up his rap label, Jaccpot Records.

"Some close to Jackson are worried," MacManus writes. "The level of concern ranges from 'This is an unnecessary distraction in the prime of a promising football career,' to 'If he stays on this course he could end up in significant financial distress.'"

MacManus piece isn't entirely devoted to calling out Jackson and/or focusing on the concern of Jackson working in the rap industry. And MacManus offers an excellent comparison: no one's worried about Tony Romo spending tons of time playing golf. (Of course, all deeper issues in that comparison aside, you don't need to rent a Lamborghini to play 18 holes.)

Jackson, for his part, classifies his record label as a "different lifestyle" and something he'll "hopefully make ... a career" at some point.

“It's just a different lifestyle and things like that I'm getting into,” says Jackson, “and just kind of helping out my boys that I grew up with, and just hopefully make it a career as far as rapping and things like that."

The music industry's more robust than the newspaper industry these days (the Internet's a real killer, I tell ya), but it's still a business model that isn't a guarantee. Then again, what's guaranteed about life as a football player?

Not a whole lot as we learned throughout years of Jackson yearning for a new contract. If he can produce on the field without distraction, it's his business what he wants to do with his money.

Who knows, maybe he'll end up being the next Jay-Z (a.k.a. a multi-platform mogul). But if Jackson struggles to produce on the field and/or his rap career doesn't take off, don't be surprised if rumblings of financial problems begin to creep back towards the forefront.

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