Tag:DeSean Jackson holdout
Posted on: August 6, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Report: DeSean Jackson to end holdout (again)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Monday we wrote that the Eagles' most explosive player, DeSean Jackson, had reportedly ended his holdout. Five days later and he still hasn't shown up at Lehigh University … but that could change soon.

A source tells Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer that Jackson will report to training camp this Monday.

Jackson has already missed 11 days of camp, presumably because he wants a new contract. He's in the final year of his rookie deal that will pay him $565,000 in 2011. Still, the organization has no interest in talking to Jackson about a new deal until he shows up.

“I think it would be best if DeSean came into camp and focused on being the best player he can be," Eagles president Joe Banner said during a radio appearance earlier this week. "Whether that’s short term or long term, that serves his goal and ours the best.”

Also helping to move things along: if Jackson doesn't report by Tuesday he would forfeit a year toward free agency.

Given all the personnel moves the Eagles have made in recent days, they're clearly gearing up for a 2011 Super Bowl run. They can accomplish the goal without Jackson, but it would be a lot easier with him on the field.

We're guessing the two sides find some common ground in the very near future.

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Posted on: August 1, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Report: DeSean Jackson to end holdout

Posted by Ryan Wilson

DeSean Jackson hinted at a holdout last week but now, according to 6ABC in Philadelphia, the Eagles wide receiver will report to training camp at Lehigh University, either Monday or Tuesday.

The team's second-round pick in the 2008 draft has become one of the most dynamic players in the league during this three-year career, and Jackson wants a contract that reflects that. He's in the final year of his rookie deal, one that will pay him $565,000 in 2011. Still, the organization has no interest in talking to Jackson about a new deal until he reports to camp.

Eagles president Joe Banner, appearing on the 610 WIP Radio Morning Show Monday, didn't mince words.

“I think it would be best if DeSean came into camp and focused on being the best player he can be. Whether that’s short term or long term, that serves his goal and ours the best.”

This is the same stance the Titans are taking with running back Chris Johnson, although Johnson has said previously that he has no plans to report until he has a long-term deal.

The Eagles, meanwhile, have had a busy week accumulating talent. In addition to cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Philly added Jason Babin and Vince Young.

Getting Jackson back in the mix makes the NFC's early Super Bowl favorite even better.

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