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DeSean Jackson wants to be paid like a top-5 WR

Posted on: November 20, 2011 11:22 am
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Jackson was shocked he was benched for missing a special-teams meeting. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Maybe it was an attempt to distract us from the train wreck that has become the Eagles' 2011 season. Or maybe head coach Andy Reid thought so little of the Arizona Cardinals, last Sunday's opponent, that he didn't think Philly would need DeSean Jackson. Or maybe Reid really did bench Jackson to send him a message after he overslept for a special teams meeting.

Whatever the reason, the bottom line is that Jackson was caught off guard by the decision, and more than that, it's clear that the Eagles' most dynamic player, who happens to be in the last year of his rookie deal, wants a new contract. And that's really the underlying theme to all this.

In an interview that aired Sunday morning, Jackson spoke with NFL Network's Michael Irvin about the last seven days, as well as his future in Philly.

"Being late to a meeting is unacceptable, of course," Jackson said. "I understand that but I've never been a problem, never been a distraction."

Irvin asked Jackson if it was customary for a player to sit out a game for missing a team meeting. "I've never seen coach Reid do anything like that. I've never seen him bench anybody for missing a meeting. … But I'm one of the star players on this team so I'm held accountable more than others."

Jackson is making $600,000 this season and it's no secret that he'd like a new contract. There was some speculation that last week's benching could mean that the Eagles might be willing to let him walk in the offseason.

"Hopefully, (the benching) doesn't have too many (implications for a new contract). The punishment was what it was, I accepted it, me and coach Reid talked as men so I think that in his mind and my mind we're moving on."

So given that guys like Larry Fitzgerald average $15 million a season, and Calvin Johnson makes almost $9 million this season, what does DeSean Jackson think he's worth?

"I think right in that range," he said. "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."

That's a fair point, but similar to Peyton Hillis' contract situation in Cleveland, Jackson could've gone about this differently.

"Showing up to any meeting late is definitely not a good way to handle (things) when you want money from a team," NFL Network's Marshall Faulk said Sunday morning.

And you really can't put it any simpler than that.

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Comments

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:07 am
 

DeSean Jackson wants to be paid like a top-5 WR

i agree with you 100% this dude is a joke ..... while were at it they should pay Vick as a top 5 QB... oh wait they did and he is also garbage! McCoy is holding that offense together and thier defense has vew bright spotts other then Babin.



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:02 am
 

DeSean Jackson wants to be paid like a top-5 WR

5 Great Recievers in the nfl by the numbers Jackson is not close!!!!!

WR 81 ACT REC 59 YDS 974 AVG 16.5 TDS 11

WR 83 ACT REC 72 YDS 1,006 AVG 14.0 TDS 6

WR 17 ACT REC 53 YDS 922 AVG 17.4 TDS 6

WR 11 ACT REC 48 YDS 833 AVG 17.4 TDS 6

WR 85 ACT REC 53 YDS 761 AVG 14.4 TDS 7


5 Recievers that are not the "#1" guy on there team

WR 87 ACT REC 40 YDS 756 AVG 18.9 TDS 9

WR 80 ACT REC 46 YDS 800 AVG 17.4 TDS 5

WR 85 ACT REC 43 YDS 621 AVG 14.4 TDS 4

WR 11 ACT REC 30 YDS 498 AVG 16.6 TDS 2

and last but not least...... WR 18 ACT REC 46 YDS 612 AVG 13.3 TDS 4


Jackson's numbers...
WR 10 ACT REC 35 YDS 591 AVG 16.9 TDS 2

He's not even in the Top 25 right now. What makes him think he deserves to get big money? just because he plays special teams? get real. Bottom line prove you deserve it, quit acting stupid, and win games for your football team and maybe someone wil be willing to pay you!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:10 am
 

DeSean Jackson wants to be paid like a top-5 WR

If he wants to come over to the Vikings this offseason, it would be nice for Ponder to have someone to throw to.




Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 1:45 am
 

DeSean Jackson wants to be paid like a top-5 WR

Top 5? That is a joke. He is barely top 5 in his division.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 9:41 pm
 

DeSean Jackson wants to be paid like a top-5 WR

It's simple Desean, start playing and acting like a top 5 receiver and you'll get paid accordingly.  You gotta earn it dude. 



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 8:23 pm
 

DeSean Jackson wants to be paid like a top-5 WR

Pay this bum like the Titans paid Chris Johnson and they will regret it!  Pay the good guys and their level of play will not drop off.  Adrian Peterson, is the best example.  You never hear about him wanting more or holding out.  Another guy who should get paid but isn't is Matt Forte.  The Bears told him if he reported to camp on time, they would take care of him.  They did not!  I hope Forte lands a big contract elsewhere, he'll continue to be productive.  Come on, top 5 for Desean Jackson?  Not even close.  Without mentioning the top guys like Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson, I'll name a few guys who are better than him that I'd rather have in my locker room:  Wes Welker, Hakeem Nicks, Marquis Colston, Julio Jones, even his own teammate Jeremy Maclin.  There are even TEs I'd rather have then him, Jimmy Graham, Antonio Gates, even the ageless Tony Gonzalez.  DeSean is a bum!!! 



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: November 20, 2011 8:18 pm
 

DeSean Jackson wants to be paid like a top-5 WR

If he wants to be payed like a top 5 WR then maybe he should try catching some passes.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 6:58 pm
 

DeSean Jackson wants to be paid like a top-5 WR

Jackson wants to be paid like a top 5 WR and I want Jackson to play like one.  Neither are happening.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 3:00 pm
 

DeSean Jackson wants to be paid like a top-5 WR

Cant blame him. Im sure there are about 100 WRs who'd like to get paid like a top 5 receiver without having the game to back it up. Id like to get paid like a CEO of a major corporation without all the responsibility and pressure.




Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 2:36 pm
 

DeSean Jackson wants to be paid like a top-5 WR

I think he is delusional!!! He is ranked 28th in receiving yards. He is not in the top 50 in number of receptions and he is averaging 3.7 yards per punt return. I would say that at the moment he is being well paid for his production. These guys think they can do something spectacular and reap the benefits forever. Players who consistently play well get paid well. Those who are inconsistent and create problems with their attitudes do not!


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