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

Posted on: November 20, 2011 11:22 am
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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Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 1:34 pm

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

Top 5  ? Seriously ?  HA hes lucky to be top 5 on the Eagles . One good year and he wants top5 . He has stunk this year, he hasnt been average or bad , he has simply stunk !!! Shut your pie hole and prove that you deserve to be paid. Maclin is out playing you in every aspect of the game. Without Mccoy the Eagles are possibly winless .

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2011 1:07 pm

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

I am not an Eagles fan and do think he deserves top 5 money.  The reason why does will not get it from the Eagles is Mr. Vick who signed another 100 million dollar contract and so far it is horrible.  DeSean is a game changer and when you can change the game either by kick returns or catching, you deserve to get paid.  When DeSean is on, no one is better.  No one!  They (the Eagles) made a huge mistake by paying Vick who has been awful so far this season.  I wonder if Vick now does not care since he got paid.  But, DeSean does it all from the point of a Wide Out and he does it the best.  Pay the man!

Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:47 pm

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

Im an Eagles fan and at $600k a year he is woefully underpaid. That been said there is no way he deserves top 5 money. 

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:46 pm

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

They shouldn't have given Vick that contract, and they really shouldn't be giving Stone Hands D-Jax a new big contract.  Those two are responsible for at least 4 of the Eagles losses pretty much by themselves.  The only player on that Eagles offense worth a damn is Lesean McCoy.  They should pay him instead.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:42 pm

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

He hasn't played like a top 5 this year and when they talk money that's the first thing that'll come up. He's a top 10 guy but I'd sign the guy and trade him if he wants top 5 loot. There's always a team willing to overpay badly Washington comes to mind) for a guy with talent. Maclin isn't a no.1 but the way the ball gets spread you don't need a surefire 1.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:35 pm

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

A good way for him to achieve this would be to maybe start playing like one.

Since: Jul 2, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:02 pm

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

give this man the money. he has proven he is one of the top WR's in the game right now so why not pay him. i hate the eagles but talent is talent. On the other hand he doesnt need to start being a problem child like a former eagle WR we all love to hate. pay this man he has earned it.

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