Though you can certainly make a case that DeSean Jackson could be better about maintaining his image (a notable and regrettable homophobic slur on the radio this offseason stands out like a sore thumb), give him this: he's played ball with the Philadelphia Eagles when it comes to his contract status.
That doesn't appear to be a guarantee any longer, though, and Philly quarterback Michael Vick hinted to reporters on Tuesday at the team's facility that Jackson might actually hold out before the 2011 season begins.
"Hopefully, he'll be here tomorrow," Vick said, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make."
One of the fascinating aspects of this whole ordeal is that, as we've previously discussed, Jackson's agent is Drew Rosenhaus who previously worked with the Eagles on another touchy situation involving a talented wide receiver, Terrell Owens.
Rosenhaus has said he's going to handle things differently this time around, and Jackson himself has repeatedly said he wouldn't be a problem and has indicated he trusts the Eagles to get a deal done.
But at the same time, it became clear last year -- following Jackson's big concussion-causing collision with Dunta Robinson -- that he's concerned about his getting paid while he's still healthy and one of the only players in the NFL capable of making the Pro Bowl as a receiver and return man.
Which is why it wouldn't be entirely shocking to see him steer clear of the Eagles facility for a while.
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