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DeSean Jackson apologizes for actions this year

Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:00 pm
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By Josh Katzowitz

DeSean Jackson had a forgettable season, and for that, he’s sorry. He regrets the way he acted when he so desperately wanted a contract extension, and he’s also sorry that it affected the way he played this season.

“I can admit to certain things affecting me during the season. I just kind of want to apologize or whatever the case may be,” Jackson said, via CSN Philly. “I probably could have handled it a little different, but now sitting here after the season’s over, I can just say I was able to put it behind me and really just fight for my teammates. Fight for this organization -- just really knowing something good out of this situation was going to happen. I was able to finally get to that and just move forward. We’ll see how it plays out.”

DeSean's forgettable season
Considering Jackson is a free agent and is coming off the worst season since his rookie year in 2008, it’s a good idea for the mea culpa. Because there were times when Jackson appeared like he wasn’t giving his best effort as the Eagles Dream Team season transformed into a frustrating year for everybody in the Philadelphia organization.

Jackson was asked if it’d be OK for the Eagles to place the franchise tag on him, and he said, “Why wouldn’t it? Hey, it’d be all right. God’s got a plan, brother. I’m going to roll with it.”

True, Jackson was underpaid this season at $600,000, but he held out during training camp and got benched in Week 9 as the Eagles were losing to the Cardinals. Basically, he just wasn’t a good teammate.

“I shouldn’t have allowed it to happen early on -- but I was able to finish strong, and that’s all that really matters,” Jackson said. “I did that. I’ve got my head coach, my offensive coordinator, my teammates, the owners, the whole organization behind me, so it’s not how you start. It’s how you finish.”

And, Jackson hopes, how sincerely you apologize.

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Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:01 pm
 

DeSean Jackson apologizes for actions this year

Not an eagles fan here.. but I will say Jackson is a very talented young man, the problem is he does not put his team first.  He was no way no where near a top 5 receiver this year.  He IS talented and has the skills to be a top 5 receiver, but because of his decisions.. top 20 maybe.   Unless he changes his attitude... I don't think the Eagles can rely on him.  It takes talent and heart to be a great player in the NFL.   So far Jackson has only occasionally shown the talent side.



Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:54 pm
 

DeSean Jackson apologizes for actions this year

I'm not an Eagles fan but I would definitely put DJax in the top 10-15 receivers list for certain. I think that this year he got some really bad advice from his friends and agent. First off he should never have held out, that cost him over half his salary. Then he came into the season with a negative attitude and let it affected his game but he still drew consistent double teams. That freed up Macklin, Avant and Celek. Add in what he can do on special teams. That speaks volumes about his explosiveness and his ability to make big, game changing plays. Whether his "apology" is too little - too late is for the Eagles brass and fans to determine but he definitely cost himself a boatload of money with the way he played this season.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:46 pm
 

DeSean Jackson apologizes for actions this year

One - As others have noted, DeSean Jackson is NOWHERE NEAR a top 5 receiver in this league at this point in time.  He probably was not even at the height of his productivity.  Two - I have to disagree with DeSean.   It's not just how you finish, it has to do with consistency along the way as well.  If DeSean played all out in the middle to late part of the season where he was instead acting like a petulant 12 year old, the Eagles might have mustered enough to win the division, or at least compete for it.  Three - Of course this selfish nimrod is fine with being tagged right now, when his stock is very low as both a player and a teammate.  Guys getting tagged make the average of the top 5 players in the league at his position, or let's just say getting paid like the 3rd best player at his position.  At this point in time, that would be far more than he is worth, a great contract for him.  He is trying to bait the Eagles into tagging him, when they probably will not if they're smart.  For that money, they can get someone who is better right now.  Let DeWhiner go out on the open market and see what he gets.  The problem is that all GMs now know what a selfish, me-first team-last player he is.  The poster who commented on Steve Smith has a point.  He was getting paid better to be a lesser player than Jackson.  However, that is in no way unique.  It happens on all teams.  The differentiating factor is that Smith's contract was up, so he's free to test his market value.  Jackson's was not, so the team was able to keep him locked up for $600K.  Too bad.  Any young player in his first contract that is playing well is suffering the same plight, but we don't hear most of them pouting like small children.  The Eagles were smart, because putting all the pouting aside, DeSean is not the player that he was a year ago.  Over the last two years, his yards and TDs have gone down each year.  Two years ago, he had 9 TDs, then 6 last year, and 4 this year.  THOSE ARE NOT THE STATS OF A GUY WHO SHOULD BE PAID LIKE ONE OF THE TOP 5 WRs IN THE LEAGUE!  He finished 22nd in the league in receiving yards, and around 60th amonst receivers in TDs.  Statistically, he's not within sniffing distance of the top 5.  Whoever wrote that he was is either insane or more likely a complete dullard.



Since: Oct 29, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:39 pm
 

DeSean Jackson apologizes for actions this year

Another greedy pro athlete.



Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:21 pm
 

DeSean Jackson apologizes for actions this year

I'm really surprised people think this punk is overpaid? Purely based on his performance this year, including being a pain in the a$$, the Eagles still got the short end of the stick at 600k. By chance, you'd think he would have learned something from Jordy Nelson.




Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:09 pm
 

DeSean Jackson apologizes for actions this year

For those of you dissing Desean Jackson you guys should really see the other side of this.  I happen to know Desean personally as he is local to right here in Long Beach Ca.  The Eagles refused to extend one of the best players on their team who is still under his rookie contract of $600k.  They PAID Steve Smith, an inferior receiver.  The Eagles are a trash organization with a long history for being tight fisted towards star players.  Desean is arguably one of the top 5 receivers in the league and they should have taken care of him.
No offense, but DeSean Jackson is far from one of the top 5 receivers in the game.  I would say top 15-20, but no chance he is top 5.  He has never had more than 62 catches in a season, and 2 of his 4 years he didn't break 1000 yards.

After the way Jackson played this year -- props to the Eagles for NOT giving him a new contract.  I wouldn't even put a franchise tag on him, as they'd have to pay him as a top 5 WR if they do.  He doesn't deserve that kind of money.



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:08 pm
 

DeSean Jackson apologizes for actions this year

Gotta love some of the posts on here. Jackson is def a top 20 receiver. The only reason maclin and celek look as good as they do is because jackson takes 2 defensive backs with him all the way down the field. He gets double teamed all the times. Even Revis and a bunch of other db's said he is the hardest reciecer they have had to cover because he's so fast. Yeah he had a down year, it happeens. When he's on he's a top 10 reciever and def the best in the NFC east.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:07 pm
 

DeSean Jackson apologizes for actions this year

 

you guys are crazy!

For those of you dissing Desean Jackson you guys should really see the other side of this.  I happen to know Desean personally as he is local to right here in Long Beach Ca.  The Eagles refused to extend one of the best players on their team who is still under his rookie contract of $600k.  They PAID Steve Smith, an inferior receiver.  The Eagles are a trash organization with a long history for being tight fisted towards star players.  Desean is arguably one of the top 5 receivers in the league and they should have taken care of him.

Desean definitely could have handled the situation better and the apology is half hearted at best but you guys will never understand the business side of professional sports.  All you see is "big deal...he made $600k...I would be crazy, stupid happy about that".  That is like being among the better employees at your job and watching every one else get a promotion except you.  The Eagles slapped Desean in the face and he responded in a manner that makes him the bad guy while the Eagles look clean.  Eagles and Bears organizations need to be ashamed of themselves.
Most of what you say is relatively accurate. Jackson is not a top 5 NFL WR. The numbers don't lie, the fact he is not big enough to take the across the middle punishment. What makes Jackson more valuable is the punt returns, he can score on a given play. But that would be like saying Devin Hester is a top 5 NFL WR. I bet even you could name 5 guys that you'd pay top 5 money too. Because that is what franchise tag is, Average of the top 5, meaning that 2 guys still get paid better. So name 3 players that are better at the wr position than Jackson ? Larry Fitzgerald has to be one, Calvin Johnson is another. Cruz & Welker are 2 more. That said, he should've done what Brian Westbrook did, come into the season with no hold out, played his games and see where it took him. He wants a franchise tag now, but had he played a single game, tried a little harder in some of them, the Eagles payroll was wasted this season. So he has cost them more than the contract extension. And in so doing he also has alienated many franchises from even considering him as a FA. While I understand that both the Eagles & Bears did what they've done this past season, if Jackson helps win a SB, even playoff games, you don't think that this whole process becomes easier ? Jackson may have also been a bigger victim of the lockout. Just me, but I'd have played, taken whatever milestones and if no extension came forth, the franchise tag might be merited, if not, FA with no loyalties to the Eagles whatsoever. That's the business side of it for Jackson. He didn't like it, but that's the best he could hope for.




Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 3:58 pm
 

DeSean Jackson apologizes for actions this year

Franchising him will only bolster his ego.  He is not a top 5 WR.  He isn't even a top 20 WR.  He's not even the top WR on his own team (Maclin).  He is a great PR/KR, ala Hester...nothing more.  But at least Hester goes out and does his job instead of whining and pouting.  

Offer him a middle of the road WR salary and if he declines, let him be someone elses problem.  The Steelers proved that you can let problem WR's leave (Holmes) and be better off for it.  Let him walk. 



Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 3:47 pm
 

DeSean Jackson apologizes for actions this year

He didn't handle the situation well and his apology may be insincere, but how about holding Eagles management accountable as well.  They knew that D Jax wanted to be paid and deserved a raise based on performance (a la Chris Johnson, Frank Gore this year and others in the past) and they promised him they would take care of him after the free agent binge . . . then they shelled out huge bucks on Vick, Asomugha, Jenkins, Babin . . . . and then did nothing with him.  If you had performed well above average for your boss in the past, and were promised a raise, and then your boss brought in bunch of new staff and paid them more than you were getting paid and then they suggested that there might not be money for you now and you would have to wait, how much motivation would you have? 

It is easy to blame the players because they are making more over a couple years (and doing so playing a game many would love to play for far less) than most people will make in a lifetime.  But these guys have the same emotions to getting jerked around by an employer.   I had a friend who was getting paid $10 an hour for a job, and he thought it was worth more (other guys were making $14-$15 per hour but he was new and was told he would get his), so he only gave "$10 an hour worth of effort".   Sounds like D Jax, except add a few zeros to the numbers.  My friend ultimately got fired for a poor work effort.  D Jax will not get fired but has likely cost himself with his poor attitude . . . but the Eagles could have resolved this much earlier and maybe would have saved their season in the process.    &nb
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