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Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:29 am
Edited on: February 13, 2012 10:32 am
D-Jax looks like a likely target for the Philly franchise tag. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson wants a new contract. This is not new news. But the latest reason for this discussion won't likely end with Jackson being any happier, as the Eagles are reportedly planning to place the franchise tag on Jackson before he gets to free agency.

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That's according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who says to "count on" the Eagles franchising Jackson because the team will not let Jackson "walk without getting something in return."

Philly has from February 20 to March 5 to apply the franchise tag. After that, Jackson would become a free agent. Jackson's already said he's fine with playing under the franchise tag in 2012, probably because he'd be willing to make around $9.5 million guaranteed. (More than three times the value of the entire rookie deal he just finished playing out.)

A pile of disastrous events -- an insurance policy, missed team meetings, a fourth-quarter benching, getting called out by teammates, you name it -- are sandwiched between Jackson's holdout before 2011 and his impending free agency in 2012. That being said, the Eagles need Jackson. The explosive wide receiver had just 58 catches for 961 yards in 2011, but his value to the Eagles offense as a deep threat can't be understated.

Additionally, the Eagles may seek a trade with Jackson once they use the franchise tag on the wideout, according to McLane. There are plenty of other wideout-needy teams in the NFL who might be interested in giving Jackson a long-term deal, and the Eagles would love to get something back for him.

Could a long-term deal with Jackson still happen? Of course it could. But Jackson and agent Drew Rosenhaus want Jackson to be paid like a top-five wideout.

"I think right in that range," Jackson said last year. "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."

Jackson's not "wrong," per se, when discussing how his skills make him a valuable commodity. The problem is his attitude, which is so poor -- at times -- that it's reduced his effectiveness on the field and made him a distraction off of it. That's not exactly the type of behavior that sends teams scrambling to throw big-time, long-term money at a player.

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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:58 pm

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

The Eagles do not win b/c of coaching or the execution of a game plan.  They have won in recent years b/c individual players rise to the occasion.

what have they 'WON'????

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:52 pm

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

I have just read every post and comment about this story.  Each one debates the idea of franchising Jackson.  No one had issue with the headline using the word "plan" based on another journalist's report that people should "count on" the Eagles placing the franchise tag on Jackson.  McLane's piece is based solely on his own opinion that the Eagles won't let Jackson leave w/out getting something in return.  In my opinion this is an irresponsible headline and the editors should have paid more attention to the writer's sources.
As for the actual content of the story, I despise players like Jackson.  He's got a God-given talent and certainly deserves to be paid appropriately for his services.  When he his on the field he can create nightmares for defenses and their coaches.  And that is why he is worth the franchsie tag this year and why he makes the Eagles a better team.  The Eagles do not win b/c of coaching or the execution of a game plan.  They have won in recent years b/c individual players rise to the occasion.  I believe the Eagles players know that the offensive and defensive schemes support players who can make plays, rather than the plays themselves being the reason for any success the team enjoys.  It's a team that defies the word team and instead is dependent on the success of the individual.  Asante Samuel can't talk but every once in a while one of the passes he get's a jump on is intercepted so we forgive his inability to jam a receiver.  McCoy is awesome, but there's a reason the Eagles lost so many 4th quarter leads, b/c McCoy or his offensive line can't ground out yardage and eat up clock - at least not on a consistent basis. 
So yes $9.5 million is a lot for a guy who may or may not have a 100 yard game occasionally, but his skills are the skills on which this team is based and w/out him we face another long season.   

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:42 pm

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Smart move

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:37 pm

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

You have guys like Fitzgerald signing crazy deals.  Calvin Johnson is about to get a deal in the 140 to 150 million dollar range for God sakes.  How is 9.5 million dollars THAT bad?   Calvin is a lot better, sure he is.  But 15 times better?  C'mon.... it's all relative man. These guys make a fortune, we as fans have to learn to deal with it.  

Hey smart one, that's not saying Calvin Johnson would be 15 times better, because he isn't getting a 1 year deal for 150M. DeSean Jackson is getting a 1 year deal for top 5 avg salary at the WR position, yet he isn't even in the top 20. 

Calvin Johnson
Andre Johnson
Larry Fitzgerald
Wes Welker
Roddy White
Greg Jennings
Hakeem Nicks
Victor Cruz
Mike Wallace
AJ Green
Jordy Nelson
Percy Harvin
Vincent Jackson
Dez Bryant
Marques Colston
Brandon Marshall
Miles Austin
Julio Jones
Stevie Johnson
Steve Smith
Antonio Brown
Anquan Boldin
Kenny Britt

All them are guys that are better than him, because they play the game throughout. DeSean Jackson plays when he wants to. If he played up to his talent level, he could easily be top 5, but he doesn't unless he wants to.

They can franchise him all they want, but good luck expecting much if anything in return for a guy with the character issues he has on his pedigree and he is making just south of 10M and it will be on a 1 year deal. They won't get better than a 4th round pick for that IMHO.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:32 pm

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

I can't believe some of the comments I'm reading. Desean Jackson is the fastest player in the NFL. Look at how the Eagles offense played (like shit) against Arizona if you want to know how his speed changes this offense's complexion. Yes he has character issues but he is not "a problem" holding this team back. The Eagles front office is the problem for not extending him early in his career. Also, it couldn't hurt if he had a real quarterback throwing him the ball. Put this guy with Brady, Eli or Rodgers and he could set records.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:29 pm

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

jackson would fit in very well with pats and i think they would be able to get the best out of him....fat andy seems to have lost control

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:25 pm

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Reports out earlier that New England needs a speedy wide out.It worked with a malcontent like Moss, at least for a while. Jackson does have lots of talent and with a coach who runs the show he might get a new attitude. Would make Welker and those tight ends all the more dangerous.

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:11 pm
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Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:07 pm

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

Why? Another heradache waiting to happen again.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:03 pm

Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

They're stupid to franchise this guy. He's going to be way overpaid.

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