Tag:DeSean Jackson
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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Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Frank Gore and DeSean Jackson plan to hold out

GorePosted by Josh Katzowitz

During the first two days of free agency, we haven’t heard too much about players threatening to hold out from training camp. Mostly, it’s been about high-priced veterans getting cut or teams overpaying for players who aren’t what they once were.

But that annual rite of training camp is about to begin, and, as the Sacramento Bee and the Philadelphia Sports Daily writes, that first two players who have made the probable decisions to hold out are 49ers RB Frank Gore and Eagles WR DeSean Jackson.

Gore is entering the final year of his contract, in which he’ll make a $2.9 million base salary with a $2 million roster bonus. But now that he’s 28, this might be the last chance he has to make a huge payday before teams consider him too old to be an effective starting RB.

It should also be noted that instead of participating in player-led offseason workouts that QB Alex Smith organized during the lockout, Gore remained in Miami to continue rehabbing his broken hip that ended his season last year.

For Jackson, the frustration has been evident since the beginning of training camp last year. He'll enter the final year of his rookie contract set to make $565,000, and QB Michael Vick intimated Tuesday that Jackson might not be at training camp, saying, "DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make."

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Vick hints DeSean could hold out of Eagles camp

Posted by Will Brinson

Though you can certainly make a case that DeSean Jackson could be better about maintaining his image (a notable and regrettable homophobic slur on the radio this offseason stands out like a sore thumb), give him this: he's played ball with the Philadelphia Eagles when it comes to his contract status.

That doesn't appear to be a guarantee any longer, though, and Philly quarterback Michael Vick hinted to reporters on Tuesday at the team's facility that Jackson might actually hold out before the 2011 season begins.

"Hopefully, he'll be here tomorrow," Vick said, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make."

One of the fascinating aspects of this whole ordeal is that, as we've previously discussed, Jackson's agent is Drew Rosenhaus who previously worked with the Eagles on another touchy situation involving a talented wide receiver, Terrell Owens.
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Rosenhaus has said he's going to handle things differently this time around, and Jackson himself has repeatedly said he wouldn't be a problem and has indicated he trusts the Eagles to get a deal done.

But at the same time, it became clear last year -- following Jackson's big concussion-causing collision with Dunta Robinson -- that he's concerned about his getting paid while he's still healthy and one of the only players in the NFL capable of making the Pro Bowl as a receiver and return man.

Which is why it wouldn't be entirely shocking to see him steer clear of the Eagles facility for a while.

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Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:29 am
 

Vick on Plax: 'You can never have enough weapons'

Posted by Ryan Wilson

A week after Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson announced in a radio interview that he would love to play alongside Plaxico Burress, quarterback Michael Vick has said pretty much the same thing.

Appearing on The Michael Kay Show with fill-in host Stephen A. Smith, Vick said that he would want Burress on his team even though he has playmakers in Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek.

“I mean you can never have enough weapons, I think," Vick told Smith, according to Sports Radio Interviews. "Obviously we’ll find a way to use them as well as the other 31 teams in this league who will be vouching to get him. I’m saying I wouldn’t say no. I wasn’t opposed to it. I would definitely open an invite if it was there and just see what happens. DeSean is a great player. He’s a future Hall of Famer. Jeremy is a future Hall of Famer. Brent as well, but we want to maximize our talent and I’m sure we’ll find a way to use him. We have great, great, leaders. I also think he would be good for the young guys. We’ll see what happens. It may happen. It may not.”

That's a lot of pass-catching Hall of Famers on one team. Either way, the attraction between the Eagles and Burress appears to be mutual. According to ESPN.com's Ashley Fox, who covered the Eagles previously for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly is "going to go after Burress, and go after him hard."

Fox adds that "Vick had the time and space to regain his abilities in a relatively low-pressure environment, and because of Philadelphia's depth at receiver, Burress would too. The Eagles have a decent option in the slot in Jason Avant. To them, Burress simply would be a luxury."

The Vick-Burress comparison has been made before as a reason why Philly might be interested. But other than the fact that both men have been incarcerated in recent years, they're completely different players. Vick got out of prison when he was 29, and signed with the Eagles as a backup. Although Vick was predictably rusty at first, he still possessed the athleticism that made him one of the league's most dynamic players.

Burress, on the other hand, is 34 and even in his prime was never known for his speed or route-running ability. There's no reason to think he stumbled upon either while serving time. And while expectations for Vick were decidedly low when he arrived in Philly, the thinking with Burress seems to be that he can ease back into his old job and at some point during the season develop into the missing piece to the Eagles' Super Bowl puzzle.

Sounds like a stretch.

Which is pretty much what the Inquirer's Jeff McLane wrote on July 5. "When reports surfaced that the Eagles were first in line for Burress, the information was not leaked from their camp, team sources indicated. The Eagles remain neutral. They're nowhere near as interested as they were in Vick, post-incarceration, but they're not going to broadcast it. Reid is fond of Burress and doesn't want to hinder his return to the NFL. Now if the 6-foot-5 receiver would fall into his lap for a meager price, then Burress' signing could be something worth presenting to owner Jeffrey Lurie."

One way or the other, we'll know how the Eagles feel about Burress once free agency begins -- fingers crossed -- sometime in the coming weeks.

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Hot Routes 7.11.11: Sounds like Favre's retired



Posted by Ryan Wilson

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  • We now have two players in the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft. Former University of Georgia running back Caleb King joins Terrelle Pryor in a draft that usually takes place in mid-July but because of the lockout could happen sometime in the coming weeks. According to PFT, King received a grade of 4.9 from National Scouting, the same organization that gave Pryor a 5.1 (which translates into a sixth- or seventh-round pick).
  • Deion Sanders, like everybody else on the planet, is tired of talking about the lockout. So instead, he talks about himself. (To be fair, he was asked, and it's regarding his Hall of Fame enshrinement next month.)
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Posted on: July 11, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 2:38 pm
 

DeSean would love to play with Plaxico in Philly

Posted by Ryan Wilson

DeSean Jackson was in the news for all the wrong reasons last week. He used a homophobic slur during an appearance Friday on Sirius XM's "All Out Rude Show with Rude Jude and Lord Sear" and, predictably, issued an apology through his PR rep a short time later.

Jackson also spoke Friday with Stephen A. Smith of ESPN Radio in New York. There was no mention of the Jackson's homophobic comments (as PFT's Michael David Smith writes, possibly because the remarks hadn't become publicized by that point), but there was a conversation about Plaxico Burress.

Jackson spent time with Burress in California recently and thinks Burress could help the Eagles next season.

“I think he would love to come play for the Eagles, come play with me and Vick," Jackson told Smith, according to Sports Radio Interviews. "He already kind of had a connection with [Michael] Vick, with him being in prison and him kind of talking to him before. So it might be a connection, I’d love it. But regardless, I wish the best for him, and if he was to come to Philadelphia I think it would be a dangerous combination.”

Jackson likens Burress' situation to Vick's, who joined the Eagles in 2009, after almost two years in prison. After sitting behind Donovan McNabb, Vick got a chance to start in 2010 and led the Eagles to the playoffs.

“I mean, I’ve always had so much respect for [Vick]," Jackson said. "And for him going through what he’s been through and still be able to get a second opportunity and making the best out of it, first of all I’ll say for the Eagles to believe in him after all the other teams just doubted him and said he couldn’t do it, and for myself to actually watch and witness the every day hard work, the things he was doing in the community, for myself it was really like a dream come true. I was just happy for that man to get that second opportunity and prove that he could do it.”

DeSean, Plax in the news

When Burress was released from prison last month, the Eagles were thought to be interested in his services. Last week, however, it sounded like Burress was at the bottom of their offseason to-do list. In fact, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane wrote that the Eagles have 10 needs more pressing than signing Burress.

From his July 5 report on Philly's offseason needs, McLane writes:

"When reports surfaced that the Eagles were first in line for Burress, the information was not leaked from their camp, team sources indicated. The Eagles remain neutral. They're nowhere near as interested as they were in Vick, post-incarceration, but they're not going to broadcast it. Reid is fond of Burress and doesn't want to hinder his return to the NFL. Now if the 6-foot-5 receiver would fall into his lap for a meager price, then Burress' signing could be something worth presenting to owner Jeffrey Lurie."

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Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:10 am
Edited on: July 10, 2011 1:21 am
 

DeSean drops homophobic slur on Sirius radio show

Posted by Will Brinson

Talk radio's a weird thing -- often it's the non-policed Wild West of sports that many folks dreamed blogs would become/were back in the day. People can say things that are bizarre, inflammatory and flat-out offensive and get away with it completely at times.

Or they can get caught. Like DeSean Jackson who recently appeared on the "All Out Rude Show with Rude Jude and Lord Sear" on Sirius XM 45 and used the six-letter f-word in response to a caller asking Jackson something about getting hit hard in a game.

We're not going to post the YouTube and/or use the words he actually says in the post because this is still a family site and stuff.

But you can listen to what he says -- NSFW language obviously applies -- over at Deadspin.

It's kind of a similar situation to what happened to Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah, albeit without the "heat of the battle" built-in excuse to ostensibly bail them out from some of the criticism.

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Jackson hasn't necessarily "defended" himself, but Jack Hickey of Deadspin notes that "Rude Jude" emailed the site to offer a defense for Jackson, saying that the Eagles wide receiver "is a hood dude" and for "hood cats, the worst thing you can do is [use the word he used]. I don't think he's homophobic. He's joking."

That may have been the case, but on Saturday, Jackson issued an apology via his PR reps.

"In a recent radio interview a caller got really confrontational with me," Jackson said. "I got very heated with the caller, took it a bit too far and did not mean to offend anybody. I meant no disrespect and a better choice of words was needed."

Earlier this week, Jackson himself tweeted some, um, motivational stuff.

"WANNA BRING ME DOWN BUT IM OK!! THEY TRYIN KNOCC ME OFF BUT IM STILL ON!!" Jackson tweeted.

"THEY LOOKN 2 TAKE YA DOWN AT ALL TIMES NO MATTER HOW POSITIVE AND WHAT U DO!! ITS ALWAYS AWAY THEY TRY TO GET YA.... IM STANDIN TALL," he followed up with shortly thereafter.

Look, there's no excuse -- being in competition or being on talk radio -- for using that kind of language in a hateful way.

Though plenty of people believe that the six-letter f-bomb is not an offensive word in certain circumstances, that's not their call to make.

The folks that it is originally intended to offend still take offense when people use it. And as such, there's no reason why Jackson needs to be on the air lobbing that language out.

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 9:41 am
Edited on: July 6, 2011 10:01 am
 

VIDEO: 'Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout'

Posted by Will Brinson

For some reason, the NFL lockout really hasn't been that subject to parody thus far this year.

Fortunately, the guys at Funny or Die are here to remedy that, with their new trailer for "Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout" which features a PILE of celebrities.

There's Rich Eisen and Marshall Faulk from the NFL Network, Ray Liotta as Roger Goodell, Dwight Freeney, DeSean Jackson, Tony Gonzalez, Dennis Haysbert and even Kevin Costner with a guest spot.

Oh, and some kid named Taylor Lautner who got famous on the Bernie Mac show or something. I've never heard of him.

And I probably wouldn't mash the "Funny Meter" for this episode either, but it's funny enough to warrant talking about on a day when there's still no football in immediate sight.

Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout with Taylor Lautner from Taylor Lautner
 
 
 
 
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