Jackson Wants A New Deal

Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) returns a punt return against the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter of the Snow Bowl

By Tim McManus and Sheil Kapadia

DeSean Jackson is after a new deal once again.

The 27-year-old wideout signed a five-year contract in the 2012 offseason that was valued at right around $50 million and included a $10 million signing bonus. But the guaranteed money (a cool $18 million) was all contained in the first two seasons. The rest of the contract is basically filled with option years, and they come at a steep price.

“I think my agent Joel Segal has a great plan going into this offseason. I still feel like I’m a top receiver in this league, I’ve been able to do some explosive things, and I really don’t feel like there’s a lot of receivers that are able to bring it to the field,” said Jackson at his locker stall Monday. “I definitely feel something’s deserving, so we’ll see how that plays out and hopefully we can work things out smoothly and not have to worry about anything out of the ordinary. But I definitely feel it’s deserving.” Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Cowboys Predictions

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings

Player I’ll be watching:

McManus: Nick Foles

Here’s how one reporter presented things to Foles earlier this week:

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Looks like Tony Romo won’t be playing in this game on Sunday. Pressure is on you.

So much for subtlety.

Whether you agree with that reasoning or not, there’s no denying that this is a pressurized situation for the second-year quarterback. That’s true simply because of the situation: this is a must-win game, on the road for the rights to play in the postseason. It’s the biggest game he’s played in on this level. Read more »

Live Chat: Eagles-Bears, Week 16

The Eagles and Bears don’t kick off until 8:30 p.m., but several early games (such as Cowboys-Redskins) figure to be of interest to this audience.

So we’re making this an all-day chat. Chime in on the action as it’s happening, and come back for the game chat tonight.

On a mobile device? Click here to join. Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Bears Predictions

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Before we get to the predictions, here’s the iTunes link to this week’s podcast. Tim and Sheil talked Eagles-Bears, expectations for the final two weeks and more on 97.5 The Fanatic.

Player I’ll be watching:

McManus: Brandon Boykin

The cornerback returned to practice Thursday after being sidelined earlier in the week with a concussion. The fact that he’ll be able to play in this one is big. The secondary needs all hands on deck to try and slow a dangerous Chicago pass attack. Brandon Marshall will line up inside at times, making Boykin’s role that much more critical. Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Vikings Predictions

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson running against Chargers

Before we get to Tim and Sheil’s picks, here is the iTunes podcast link from Thursday night’s Birds 24/7 show on 97.5 The Fanatic.

Player I’ll be watching:

McManus: DeSean Jackson

The Vikings rank 30th in the NFL in pass yards allowed/game (282) and have yielded a league-high 29 touchdowns through the air. The Eagles’ passing attack has a chance to go off in this one.

Jackson is currently 10th among wide receivers in receiving yards (1,080). His 65 receptions are already a career high, and he needs just 77 yards to establish a personal best in that category.

The 27-year-old has played indoors seven times since 2010. He has gone over 100 yards in four of those games. This kind of fast track is perfect for his skill set. Read more »

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