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Posted on: February 9, 2012 5:23 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 6:10 pm
 

Victor Cruz: 'I deserve to be paid more money'

CruzBy Josh Katzowitz

In real-life standards, making $490,000 is a pretty decent salary. In the world of pro football, it’s more like a “meh” financial reward, almost the definition of entry-level pay. For an outgoing wide receiver who was virtually unknown before this season and then exploded with an 82-catch, 1,536-yard, nine-touchdown performance and became known as the guy who salsa dances after he scores, it’s an outrage.

Well, not really an outrage, but after his glorious season that ended with a touchdown catch in the Giants Super Bowl XLVI win against the Patriots, Victor Cruz  -- who made $450,000 in 2011 -- would like a substantial raise for 2012.

“I think I was paid, you know, relative to where I came in this year and, you know, I came in as a free agent so that’s the salary I was on, so I don’t feel like I was underpaid,” Cruz told the men at Pro Football Talk. “I mean, I feel like after my performance this year, you know, I feel like I deserve to be paid more money at this point.  But that’s something I’ll let my agents and those people take care of and I’ll just go out there and play the game.”

I don’t think many people would disagree that Cruz deserves more money after his 2011 performance, but remember, he signed a three-year $1.2 million contract after he went unselected in the 2010 draft. He missed all of last season with an injury, so it's not like Cruz has put together multiple seasons of consistency.

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Also, you have to remember the players who had breakout seasons and demanded more money from their teams and never got it. Players like Sidney Rice, Matt Forte and DeSean Jackson. Just because Cruz had one wonderful season, that doesn’t mean the Giants have to give him a bigger raise than they’d already planned. And considering New York has a powerful receiving corps, is Cruz holding out in training camp really going to scare the Giants into tearing up his old contract and giving him a new one? I’d guess no.

But in other Cruz news, it’s also been reported that he signed with the powerful IMG agency after the Super Bowl. That won’t increase his ability to barter for a new deal with the Giants, because IMG was hired to work on his marketing and endorsement campaigns (I see either a marketing campaign for Tostitos salsa or for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, though considering Cruz turned down “Dancing with the Stars,” he might like to go less mainstream).

However, adding IMG means Cruz most likely will make more money this year. And if that money doesn’t come from the Giants, Cruz might have to be OK with that.

In even more Cruz news, he weighed in on the laughable “Rob Gronkowski was dancing with his shirt off after the Patriots lost” controversy. Cruz, it seems, disagrees with the spirit of what Gronkowski was doing.

“I would have been in my room, watching TV, soaking in the moment,” Cruz told PFT. “It’s not every day you make it to a Super Bowl, man. . . . Some guys play 15, 16 years in this league and don’t make it the Super Bowl. Or even the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl. . . . I probably wouldn’t have been partying too much after that.”

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Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:29 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Report: Plaxico 'badly' wants to play for Eagles

Burress "badly" "wants" to play for Philly next year? That's the word on the street. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Prior to the 2011 season, it was widely believed that the Eagles would land Plaxico Burress in free agency. That's mainly because Philly housed the last convict-turned-NFL-player in Michael Vick, whether that presumptive logic was right or wrong.

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Plax, of course, ended up playing for the Jets, and caught 45 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns. He'll be a free agent on March 13, though, and according to Howard Eskin of NBC 10 in Philadelphia, he "wants" to play for the Eagles this time around.

"Saw and talked to Plaxico Burress at Super Bowl and told me he wants to play for Eagles," Eskin tweeted on Wednesday. "Badly!"

We also saw Plaxico at the Super Bowl while dining at Mo's Steakhouse in Indianapolis, but we didn't get a chance to ask him any questions, because we were too busy cackling about the wide receiver giving a bro-hug to Jared Fogle of Subway. (We were too stunned to take a picture, but we have witnesses. This really happened.)

Eskin followed up on the tweet with NBC Philly's David Chang, although he wasn't quite as emphatic about it happening.

"I do believe the Eagles will take a hard look at signing Plaxico Burress," Eskin said.

Burress wasn't fantastic in 2011; though he tied for the 11th-most touchdowns in 2011, he certainly wasn't close to the 11th-best wide receiver in the league. He's not going to be a deep threat at his age, but he can be a dangerous red-zone weapon, which is something the Eagles could really use.

If DeSean Jackson isn't franchise-tagged and/or doesn't receive a deal, the Eagles will suddenly be a team in need of a wide receiver. That would likely ramp up the potential interest in a guy like Burress.

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Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:00 pm
 

DeSean Jackson apologizes for actions this year

Jackson

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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Posted on: December 18, 2011 6:08 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 6:15 pm
 

After terrible start, Jets making it respectable

Philadelphia has taken a 28-13 lead into halftime (AP).

By Josh Katzowitz

You might have thought that with the Giants putrid performance today against the Redskins, there was little question Tom Coughlin’s squad would be the most embarrassing team to hail from New Jersey today. The first 20 minutes of the Jets-Eagles game might have been even worse than that.

That’s because the Jets fell behind four touchdowns to Philadelphia early in the second quarter but somehow have recovered before halftime and went into intermission losing 28-13.

While the Jets have relied on solid running by LeSean McCoy (12 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown) and 165 total yards from Michael Vick, the Jets, for most of the half, were hindered by three turnovers. But after allowing four-straight touchdowns to Philadelphia, New York has forced turnovers from the Eagles and has scored 13-straight points to end the half.

But to make matters even worse -- or, frankly, even more stupid -- after Sanchez fit a nice 25-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes to cut the lead to 18, Holmes inexplicably used the ball as a prop and began flapping his wings like an eagle. It, of course, drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Holmes

But hey, lay off Holmes. He’d already fumbled the ball that led directly to an Eagles score and he tipped a Sanchez pass that was intercepted. He was probably just excited he actually held onto the ball this time.

One piece of bad news for the Eagles, despite allowing the touchdown and two field goals in the second quarter. DeSean Jackson, after making a tackle following a McCoy fumble, went to the locker room with an unknown injury.



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Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Reid takes issue with media portrayal of Jackson

Reid says he's 'proud' of the way Jackson played Thursday night.  (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The blowback following DeSean Jackson's three-catch, 34-yard effort against the Seahawks Thursday night was swift -- and expected. Jackson had been benched earlier in the season for missing a meeting, and last week, he was on the sidelines for the fourth quarter of the Eagles' loss to the Patriots after he dropped two touchdown passes. At the time, head coach Andy Reid suggested that the move was to give "other guys an opportunity" but added that Jackson "has to do a better job."

DeSean's forgettable season
On Friday, hours after the Seahawks systematically dismantled the Eagles, Reid defended his enigmatic star wide receiver, especially after NFL Network showed Jackson several times on the sidelines staring blankly into space as quarterback Vince Young talked to him.

"You can take a camera and make it look any way you want to make it look." Reid said at his day after news conference, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. "I am telling you, that kid was all in last night and wanted to win that game as much as anybody."

That wasn't evident by watching the telecast. And even one of Jackson's teammates, asked if Jackson was completely in the game, said "No, he's [messing] around."

Still, the shot of Jackson appearing to ignore Young was the biggest topic during the post-game media session.

"There was nothing on the sidelines, no commotion with him and Vince," Reid said. "There is nothing there. Nothing. I am not sure they know who's talking to who and so on and what the conversation is about. Not knowing the language, I don't know how you are able to go into that stuff ... This is petty stuff."

Ironically, the NFL Network's Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Steve Mariucci -- all former players or coaches -- agreed that the media treated Jackson unfairly Thursday night. (Below left: Jackson tires of silly questions. Below right: the NFL Network crew defends Jackson.)


Unlike previous weeks, Reid had no issue with Jackson's effort against the Seahawks.

"That kid was all in and I was very proud of him."

It's a nice sentiment but the Eagles are 4-8. And if things continue down this path, both Reid and Jackson could be elsewhere in 2012.

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Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: December 2, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Jackson isn't interested in talking to reporters about the current state of his game. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The big story this morning isn't that that Marshawn Lynch has come out of nowhere to be one of the league's best running backs this season. Or that "the plan" Pete Carroll referred during training camp really does include Tarvaris Jackson, who has played well in recent weeks.

DeSean's forgettable season
Instead, as is often the case anytime the Eagles play, the big story is DeSean Jackson, the mercurial wide receiver in the last year of this rookie contract who plays with all the urgency of a shorts and t-shirt minicamp workout. Following Philly's latest loss, a 31-14 effort against the Seahawks on Thursday night, Jackson admitted that he's "frustrated with losing," but when one of his teammates was asked if Jackson was completely in the game he said, "No, he's [messing] around." 

If the plan is to sleepwalk through the current season for his current team and alienate the 31 others that might've had interested during free agency then mission accomplished, DeSean.  Otherwise, we have no idea what Jackson's doing and his "plan," unlike Pete Carroll's, is not only ill-conceived but it's going to cost him a lot of money.

Against the Seahawks, Jackson finished the game with four catches for 34 yards. Alone those numbers don't mean much. Without watching you might think that the Seahawks double-teamed Jackson, or that maybe the game plan was to feature LeSean McCoy. And at times, both were true. But Jackson's performance is mostly about his apparent unwillingness to … well, try.

"Actually there were quite a few plays called for him," head coach Andy Reid said. "They were making an effort to double him and move a safety in."

CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote Friday morning about Jackson staring into oblivion while quarterback Vince Young tried to talk to him on the sidelines.

"If that's what they saw, that's what they saw," Jackson said of the cameras, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I don't have to sit here and answer them questions. My teammates know what it is."

And during pregame warm-ups, Jackson was hanging out with the defensive ends as the other wide receivers worked together.

"I'm not answering none of that type of question," said Jackson. "If you're going to ask something about the game, do that. . . . Next question."

Two weeks ago, Jackson told NFL Network's Michael Irvin that he's in the Larry Fitzgerald-Calvin Johnson range when it comes to his worth. Fitz makes $15 million this season, Megatron almost $9 million.

"I think right in that range," he said at the time. "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."

In theory, yes. In practice, Fitzgerald has been just as dangerous on special teams this season as Jackson. And much more consistent at wide receiver, and that's with John Skelton throwing him passes.

NFL Network's Marshall Faulk got it right two weeks ago: "Showing up to any meeting late is definitely not a good way to handle (things) when you want money from a team."

Not showing up at all is even worse.

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Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:54 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 12:07 am
 

In dismal year, Eagles give terrible performance

Philadelphia continues to play poorly for Andy Reid (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

All week long, radio hosts have wondered about the hot seat of Andy Reid, and each time they ask me, I say, “No, I think Reid is fine. He’ll have to fire some of his assistant coaches, but he’ll survive because of his resume. And besides, if Reid is fired, it won’t be long before Philly fans miss him.”

I’m beginning to think I might be wrong.

The Eagles looked horrendous for most of their 31-14 loss to the Seahawks on Thursday night, and though I still believe Reid deserves another year (defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, I believe, does not), his team isn’t doing him any favors.

On the first play from scrimmage, Vince Young threw a disappointing interception (everybody on Twitter wrote at the same time: “Where in the hell was VY throwing?”), and Philadelphia struggled to get on track. Marshawn Lynch broke what seemed like a half-dozen Eagles tackles en route to his first touchdown run, and on his second, the gap vacated by Philadelphia’s defenders was immense.

The Eagles had a tough time stopping Lynch, the human Skittle-eating machine who rushed for 148 yards and two scores on 22 carries, and even quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (13 of 16, 190 yards, one touchdown) was efficient.

And then there’s DeSean Jackson. It’s hard to figure what’s running through his head lately. It’ll be tough, after all, to get paid a significant amount of money as a free agent when Riley Cooper is outplaying you. There’s been talk that the Eagles might simply franchise-tag him for next season and then trade him away, but at this point, Jackson isn’t giving his team much of anything. Including, it seems, much effort.

Though it was a touch unfair of the NFL Network to continue showing Jackson appear to ignore Young when the quarterback appeared to be trying to instruct Jackson -- we can’t really know if Jackson was truly ignoring him based on what we were shown -- but the fact he just sat there staring straight ahead while Young’s lips moved wasn’t the greatest PR move.

If it looks like you don’t care, it’s not the height of hyperbole to say that the people who could give him a ton of money also believe that he doesn’t care. That obviously doesn’t help his market value, especially when sideline reports said Jackson wasn’t talking to his teammates (he didn’t have a problem, though, talking to his old Cal buddy Lynch when Nnamdi Asomugha lay on the turf with an injury).

After the game, Philadelphia Inquirer beat writer Jeff McLane asked one of the Eagles what was up with Jackson? Responded the player: "He's f------ around." When he talked to the media afterward, Jackson said he was frustrated with losing but not with his role on the team. He also didn't want to talk about any dissension on the team. After taking a few of those questions, Jackson turned back into his locker and stopped speaking with reporters.

But Jackson is only one problem, and as we’ve seen for most of the season, the blame for the Eagles season can’t be placed on only one player or one unit or even one side of the ball. You have to believe at this point that it’s an atmosphere problem. The person in charge of that, of course, is Reid. Who will continue to face immense heat after this loss.

He still has time to save his job -- and I still think he should keep it -- but he’s also beginning to change my mind.

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Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:13 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2011 11:15 pm
 

DeSean Jackson's struggles continue

D. Jackson has not played well lately (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On the face of his stat line, DeSean Jackson didn’t have a bad individual game Sunday.

DeSean's November disaster
Although the Eagles got smoked by New England 38-20, Jackson finished with four catches for 74 yards. Not too terrible, right?

But the stat sheets also don’t point out that Jackson had two terrible drops, and 10 targets, in what has become a theme with Jackson in the past month -- that he’s hindering the Philadelphia franchise right now.

Which is why Andy Reid decided to bench Jackson for the fourth quarter, although Reid didn’t really call it a benching.

From Philly.com:
“We all need to a better job. I just wanted to give the other guys an opportunity,” coach Andy Reid said.

Asked if Jackson was benched, Reid said, “I wanted to give the other guys a chance to make a play.”

Asked later if he was satisfied with how Jackson played, Reid said, “I already answered that.”
So, basically, "yes" to the benching, "no" to if Reid is satisfied with Jackson. But at least Jackson said the right thing after the game.

"As a player, I just have to live with it,” he said. "Things happen sometimes as a player. I'm honestly upset about it. It wasn't one of my best games as far as a couple of plays I thought I could have had. At the end of the day, I didn't come up with them. I've just got to move on and make other plays. I know I'm a better receiver. Them are plays I should have made. No excuses behind that. But I just didn’t have my best game today. It's just frustrating but I've got to figure it out."




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