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."

Jackson earned $6.75 million this season, which is the fifth-highest base salary among receivers in ’13, per spotrac.com. That number jumps to $10.25 million in 2014, and hovers around there for the remainder of the deal. That’s right up there with Larry Fitzgerald‘s salary ($12.75). Roddy White‘s take-home for next season is less than half that number.

But none of the remaining money is guaranteed.

"I just need some security somehow, someway," said Jackson. "I felt I've proven to be a top receiver in this league. Year after year doing what I'm able to do, just help my team be successful and spark energy, that's what I'm here for."

Jackson was asked to clarify: Is this simply something that he hopes will happen, or is it  a necessity in his eyes?

"I just feel I'm deserving, bro. I'm never going to try and make it a problem," said Jackson. "If it happens it happens. That's what I have an agent for."

Jackson had a career year in year one under Chip Kelly, posting 82 catches for 1,332 yards with nine touchdowns. He finished ninth in receiving yards and third in catches of 25-plus yards (16).

"This year I went out there, no distractions, and really went out there for my team and had a lot of success," he said. "We'll see how it goes."

 

  • Javi Echie

    He better not turn this situation into a damn distraction and what he just couldn’t wait for another time and or place to say besides right after a tough playoff loss.

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      he was asked

      • Javi Echie

        You’re right he was asked but you don’t have to divulge into anything if you don’t want to

        • aub32

          HAHAHA we praise other guys for being honest but get mad at a guy for answering a question. What distraction did he cause. He didn’t speak poor of the organization. He did not say he would hold out. He said he feel he’s a top WR in the league. His Numbers back that. He sadi he feels he’s deserving of some financial security. What player in the NFL doesn’t feel that way. Drew Brees held out. Did that make him an awful distraction that fans wanted to get rid of. Why do some of you not see the value in paying the players that have played so hard and produced for us. Instead, there are those of us constantly looking at other teams and players who don’t have near the talent.

  • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

    now watch all the fake fans come in and have a problem with this.. lol.. they always have a problem with desean no matter what he does

    • morgan c

      I don’t necessarily have a problem, and I’m a real fan. But you just have to be careful thinking he’s a superstar receiver. He does some great things, and he’s valuable to your team.

      But I would flip him for 8-10 WRs (Megatron, AJ Green, Fitz, D Thomas, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, Dez, Jordy Nelson, Josh Gordon, Roddy White and Alshon maybe as well, maybe VJax, Crabtree, Cruz, Decker, A Johnson, Wayne is old and maybe now broken but he’s a “better WR”). All those dudes are tougher, and game in game out, more “dependable.” It’s harder to take them completely out of the game. Again, at his best, DJax is arguably more of a breaker than a lot of those guys, but I’d rather have a 6’4″ burner that fights for the ball.

      Guarantee him more if he wants because yes, I want to keep him, but NO WAY is he worth more than the annual rate of 10 mil he’s getting. Bottom line.

      • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

        roddy? marshall? (head case and aging) Crabtree? Cruz? Decker? no way. id rasther have a one of those guys AND desean. desean is a special player. u put one of those guys opposite desean and desean will set records. mark my words.

        • Joe from Easton

          That’s kind of the point of the discussion. You’re saying that he’d be great with a receiver like that opposite him and others are saying that the reason he’s not a true superstar is because he can’t dominate by himself.

          • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

            nah u dont get it, desean by himself is a great player, u add one of those other guys and he will break records!! noy just team records but NFL records. And i guess larry is that good since he has that guy on the other side and desean out produced him..? plus aslshon and marhsall the already have each other…

          • morgan c

            Dude you said yourself that he would be vastly better with a true dominant WR1 paired with him. Clearly, you have your view, but I think we all agree DJax is good. And if you have issue with a few of the guys I listed, fine, but there are a solid number of better WRs out there, and DJax should not get paid like them. If he demands the highest WR contract, do you give it to him? I mean, is there a limit to your fandom with him? He’s not a consistent dependable dominant player, and thus, we cannot afford to pay him as such.

            Again, more guaranteed is fine. No more actual money per year, and no bigger cap hit.

          • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

            hes top 10.. no top 8 in yards. he def deserves to be paid lie them and already is.. restructure lower cap hit add a year desean gets his raise and we get more cap money. and we as fans get another year of desean. thats a win-win-win!!! he is consistent!!! check his yards per game average its right up there with the very best!! Plus he does what those other CANT, and thats return punts at a high level!! he had a nice return in the saints game. For real really tired of people looking dpown on desean. And yo if you add a another great WR accross of calvin johnson he will be even better too!!! So try to paint what i said as me thinking desean isnt a dominate WR because he is.. and even dominate WRs like calivin get shut down.

          • aub32

            Is 1300 yards and 9 TDs dominant? Because that’s what he did with Riley Cooper beside him. How much more does the guy need to prove?

          • Joe from Easton

            I personally don’t think he has to prove anything. We and the NFL know DeSean and what his ceiling is.

          • aub32

            We do, and last I checked guys with pro bowl ceilings that play all over the field, including STs, and are one of the most dangerous players in the league get paid.

          • Joe from Easton

            Where did I dispute any of what you just iterated?

          • aub32

            I did not say you did. I was pointing out what his ceiling is.

      • aub32

        Decker? Come on guy. Are you serious? Cruz is good, but he’s a slot guy. He can’t produce on the outside like DJax. If 1300 yards isn’t dependable, I don’t know what is. Every WR can be limited when they are the primary focus. DeSean was the number one target of every secondary, and he still got over 1300 yards and 9 TDs. What more does the guy have to do?

        • morgan c

          Not have at least one major sideline “me-fest-blow-up-quit-on-the-ball-when-i-can-at-very-least-break-up-potential-interception” episode a year would be a start.

          You don’t see that childish selfish diva behavior out of D Thomas, Julio, Megatron, AJ, Fitz, even Brandon Marshall anymore… the list goes on.

          Oh and btw, Cruz being strictly a “slot guy” is the most inaccurate lazy thing in the world. Bro beats dudes outside on double moves all the time, and is crazy fast. Has at least 1-2 70-80 yard TDs a year. Numbers are numbers, which were down for him last year. But he is absolutely as good as Jackson in terms of production. I don’t care if ppl reduce his role to “slot;” he’s fast and burns dudes one-on-one.

          • aub32

            Did he not save Foles froom throwing the INT to Peterson? DJax has had two good years after the 2011 year many fault him for. Also how about some of the players like Brady and Adre Johnson who have blown up on the sidelines as recent as this year.

            Cruz gets his long TDs while in the slot. He lines up in the slot and beats the safety deep on a go route. He isn’t Avant. He can play outside, but he is a much better slot receiver and should play there if NY has two players that can fill the outside role.

  • usmcnole

    New deal won’t be so bad. Give him a new bonus and lower his per year cap hit. Could be a win-win

  • jackpotsdad

    Extend yes. Add in more guaranteed money sure for some cap friendly adjustments yes. Give him more than he currently makes on a yearly basis? No. He’s roughly the 8th highest paid WR in the game and this season he’s 9th in receiving yards. He’s paid exactly at market value.

  • morgan c

    Some conflicting feelings here. The timing of this is stupid and downright selfish. But to be fair, it looks like it just kind of came in response to a question. DJax is not a prototypical WR1 and never will be. He becomes invisible too easily, and it’s one of the biggest myths that you have to double him to take him out of the game. He failed to get separation one-on-one vs Lewis all game. He gives up on routes occasionally, and the one thing the REALLY bothers me, is he never breaks off his route or comes back to the QB when he’s under duress.

    That said, he’s the best we got, and he had a great year. I think if this is simply about guaranteeing more money, then that’s fine. But he isn’t owed more than 10 million a year. He is not at Megatron’s level, or AJ Green’s, or even Larry Fitzgerald’s. Just put some money up front as a bonus, “restructure” if you have to, but DO NOT GIVE HIM MORE MONEY. He is not worth more than 10. But guarantee 15 more up front if that will make him happy. We need a Maclin / Cooper hybrid btw, as well. A big dude that can move.

  • Rick H

    This is absolutely no surprise to me. Jackson is outstanding however all throughout this season I was aware of his high $ salary for next season. Not fully knowing Chip Kelly’s feelings on Jackson it is hard to say what the outcome will be.
    I would not be surprised at all if he gets traded for a second round draft pick. My six sense is Kelly wants bigger receivers both in height and bulk. I would bet there is at least a 50% plus chance he gets traded. Just a guess that is all!

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      2nd round pick??? gtfoh. kelly likes playmakers and players that excell in space. thats desean.

      • JBShakes

        But it’s not. Not really. He’s got tremendous straight line speed and can make some moves with the football, but he’s not an “in space” killer with the football the way Shady is. Watch his punt returns sometime – if he has a lane and can hit the hole, he’s gone. If he actually has to move around and make guys miss, nine times out of 10 he dances and loses yardage.

        I’d be happy to keep him around, and if he’s going to keep quiet about his preferences and not turn this into a distraction, then everything’s A-OK. But prior experience with him in this exact same situation gives me some very serious pause as to whether to trust him to keep this situation off the field.

        • Marilyn Monbroe

          He goes from zero to sixty incredibly fast. Give him guaranteed money and lower his cap hit and we’re all good.

        • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

          he is a space player, the defination of a space player lol.. and he can shake guys, those times when he runs backwards is becuase he has to because nothing is there and he weighs 170 pounds with guys flying full speed at him… lool..

          • Warhound

            Sometimes he’s trying to bait the coverage guys into abandoning their lanes and trying to set up the blocking.

          • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

            yeah, sometimes he does a lot of different things lol..

        • aub32

          You forget he’s become a much better route runner and has shown very good hands. Their are plenty of guys with speed in the NFL. They don’t produce like DJax. Also, keep in mind he did this in a new offense with a young QB with only Riley Cooper beside him. Think how dangerous he will be next year with Maclin, Coop, Ertz, or whomever we bring in as the #2.

        • UncleCarm

          The difference is, last time he had a good point. He was making less than our long snapper. This time it appears he’s making about the right money, if not a little higher than the right money. I wonder if he would go for less money per year but spread out over time if there is some guarantee.

          • aub32

            I don’t think any player cares about the per year money. They all want guaranteed money. He even stated he want security. It’s not his job to manage the cap. The man just wants to make sure he will get paid so that he can play without having to worry about sustaining an injury and getting cut. He’s looking at Maclin right next to him knowing that if the same thing happens to him in TC he gets nada.

        • Mr. Magee

          Well said JB

      • Rick H

        Charlie the reason I said second round pick is because in the NFL first round picks are like Gold! I stated twice it was a guess!!! I have no idea how Kelly feels about Jackson. He may think he is the second most valuable player he has. How do I know or you know? We do not!
        Here is a fun hypothetical. Let’s say the Eagles aren’t willing to renegotiate after his pro bowl season which was his best season ever. Remember it is a business and that is why Jackson sent the first message loud and clear to the Eagles.
        So in a fantasy world they trade him for a high second round or low first round pick. It puts the Eagles in position to possibly trade up and get Sammy Watkins or sit there and wait for Evans or possibly Lee from USC…
        I am a huge Jackson fan! Kelly’s track record is he loves play makers but he loves that dual threat running back slot receiver guy like Percy Harvin or Thomas who is in this year’s draft from Oregon. However both those two examples are good ones but one guy is always hurt and the other might be too small for the NFL. We as fans just don’t know.

        Jackson is a great player but when he doesn’t get what he wants he can and has been a problem (see two years ago). The NFL is a business and these guys want to get paid which is fine but he just signed this contract 2 years ago.

        • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

          dude did u see what minny got for percey harvin?? a hurt percy harvin??? thats all i gotta say!!

          • Rick H

            I was throwing out a guesstimate! Let’s not get hung up on that. I hope that if this long shot ever happened they get two 1st round picks and a starter but that is irrelevant at the moment.It was simply a way to communicate the general thought process.

    • aub32

      So Kelly trades his #1 WR with over 1300 yards because the guy wants guaranteed money. You’re crazy. This bigger receiver business is so overblown. Jackson was top 10 in yards. I’m pretty sure that means plenty of big receivers weren’t producing what he was able to give Kelly. There is a 0% chance DJax gets traded.

      • Brandon

        Yeah people keep saying we need a big 6’5 wr like a Megatron or Brandon Marshall as if players like that grow on trees LOL. We’d have to trade up to get Sammy Watkins or Benjamin. It’s funny to me that people are actually serious when they say this stuff. And also we already have a big wr named riley cooper. Do people forget he is 6’3?

        • anon

          i’d trade a first for Jeffrey right now. And spend all offseason with Nick lifting weights so he can just throw bombs that Jeffrey can grab.

          • nicksaenz1

            He better be in the gym every day anyway getting that arm strength up.

          • aub32

            Exactly. DeSean is arguably the best deep threat in the league. Sure Jeff can go up and get it, but DeSean allows you to just out throw the coverage, and he will go get it.

          • nicksaenz1

            Even aside from Desean. He’s been great all year with the decisions and not forcing things, but adding some arm strength just makes him more dangerous overall. Even some of the deep balls to Coop ended up a little short. Or deep posts. He can make the throws, which is great, but it’d be nice if they came with just a little less effort on the receiver’s part in some instances.

          • aub32

            Agreed. I’d love for him to be able to hit Ertz on a few lasers up the seam. I really Think ertz will be one of our biggest weapons going forward.

          • JofreyRice

            Is there any real consensus on what grants certain guys more arm strength? It’s not like guys like Cutler or Stafford have these huge guns hanging out of their sleeves.

            I know a lot of it has to do with technique, maybe he should work with a pitching coach.

            One study from last June, talks about mankind’s evolutionary dominance over other animals being partially due to the ability to throw projectiles with great velocity; the success involved in hunting was a byproduct of that. They state the ability to store elastic energy in the shoulder, and translate it into kinetic energy through the throwing motion is evolutionarily novel. If it just comes down to the ability to store elastic energy, in terms of biomechanical processes such as elbow flex, ligament and muscle stretch–as dictated by physiology–I don’t know there’s much he can do to dramatically improve. Some individuals will just throw projectiles faster than others.

            Pretty wonky, but interesting if you’re in to this sort of thing

            http://www.ncbs.res.in/mvlab/files/Roach2013.pdf

            You’d think a guy with Foles’ size would drive the ball better. The downfield stuff has more to do with timing and chemistry with the receiver than pure arm-strength, IMO, but I think he could add more functional arm-strength to drive the ball to the second level.

          • nicksaenz1

            I think I get what you’re saying, and, honestly, I’m not even sure how to add arm strength. No, Cutler and Stafford, even Flacco, guys with cannons, certainly aren’t these jacked dudes who dominate weight rooms. So to answer your question, I have no idea what constitutes it. It seems that the combo you mentioned of elbow flex, ligament and muscle stretch makes sense, but I also feel like there are elements of core/leg/shoulder strength involved since it’s such a fluid, full-body motion. While I don’t disagree with the timing/chemistry aspect, the aforementioned guys seem to throw the ball with the same general arc-pattern, but it just arrives there sooner, basing it off of perceived time in the air. Not too often the receiver out-runs their throws, or at least from what I’ve seen.

        • aub32

          It’s funny to me how we need a megatron, but megatron just missed the playoffs yet again. O yea, the team with Marshall and Jeffery also missed the playoffs. But you can’t win in this league without a big receiver, and DJax is too small to be a number one. I mean, where would DJax be without having Riley Cooper and Avant on the same field. Everyone knows they take attention away from DJax.

          • anon

            I blame trestman for the end of year meltdown of the bears. That said if we had to beat the packers with AR to get in the playoffs we might be sitting where the bears are.

          • aub32

            Didn’t DeSean shred the Packers.

          • theycallmerob

            with a better QB :)

          • aub32

            Would Rodgers have played safety?

          • Adam

            Dude, there are so many other dynamics that go into getting in the playoffs other than just how good 1 or 2 players are.

          • theycallmerob

            CHI defense is to blame, not their WRs. Both teams have QBs prone to mistakes. and Schwartz was one of the worst coaches out there. Megatron was def. not their problem. You’re better than that, aub

          • aub32

            My point was that a big WR isn’t the be all end all. I would love to have Megatron, but he does not guarantee the team will be successful, and our team was more successful with DeSean than Detroit was with Megatron. So I don’t see why so many are always saying DeSean is not a number one WR. He put up top 10 WR stats without having an established #2 or #1a lined up beside him. What else can the guy do?

          • Adam

            I don’t think anyone wants DeSean replaced. We want to compliment him.

          • aub32

            I wish that were true. Some people are closed minded individuals who want him gone. They can’t see past his small size or what they deem as a bad attitude. I have seen commenters on this very site on previous posts call him a cancer. That’s ridiculous.

          • theycallmerob

            For some folks, it’s more about effort. What he did in ’11 left a bad taste in many mouths. I don’t fault them for that opinion, just don’t think it’s necessarily accurate any longer.
            DJax, like every good WR, needs the benefit of other weapons to really ball out. Now, if obtaining those weapons were to come at his expense due to contract $, I can see why some would deem him “irreplaceable”.

            He is also not the kind of guy, IMO, to play deep into his 30s. Once the speed goes, he’ll become JAG. And that’s ok; should be around the time Foles or whoever is QB gets their payday.

            Ertz will help him. Obviously McCoy. And Kelly’s scheme can get guys open, as we saw with Avant. Just need some talent to capitalize.

          • aub32

            I don’t get why people are saying he “needs” other guys around him to produce. Did he not produce this year? Was he supposed to do much more than he did? Did he have above average talent surrounding him this year? Was he not the primary receiving focus going into every game? So I am not sure where people are saying he “needs” another opposite or he will disppear.

            I get what you are saying about ’11. That’s a seperate argument, but I feel fans who are upset about that are unrealistic. They wouldn’t stand for making only 10% of what they were worth, and most of them are safe behind a desk.

          • theycallmerob

            would you not say his production this year was due, in part, to McCoy? that was always a defense’s first task when game-planning us. I absolutely think DJax can’t stand on his own, in a “traditional” offense (Kelly’s scheme definitely helped him too)

          • Rick H

            i agree with you in this respect because in one of my comments I should have added speed. That is a huge game changer. Size is overrated but again I was talking about the business side and Kelly’s desire to have that running back /slot receiver threat with speed and a little bulk/muscle/size. By size in the position I am talking about speed and, 5’10 or 5’11″ with muscle around 190 lbs to 200 lbs..

          • aub32

            DeSean has had two major injuries that I can remember. One was a concussion on a very illegal hit. The other happened when running the ball. He may be slight, but he’s a smart player. He doesn’t take big hits. However, he can make contested catches as we saw once again against NO. So I am not sure there is a single player in the league who is better at what he does.

          • Rick H

            I agree Desean was one of the very first players to catch and get down which is extremely smart. Maybe this much ado about nothing. We need D first anyway!

        • Adam

          It’s not just their height. It’s their speed, and their route running. That’s what Cooper lacks. We need someone who can beat single coverage by just running a route, not relying on a pick and roll in the middle of the field. That happens, then it opens up everything else. The run game because they can’t stack the box, DJax because he can’t be double teamed, and TE’s get mismatched on LB’s and safeties.

          • aub32

            Upgrade the slot position with Maclin? Does that not accomplish the exact same thing?

          • Adam

            Not exactly. Slot receivers don’t often get double teamed or stretch the field vertically. You want your outside guys to demand the respect so Kelly can spread the field like he wants to with his spread offense. But if you stretch the field deep, the middle opens up for a slot receiver like Maclin to do damage, so that would be a good move too.

          • aub32

            So I must be dreaming when I see teams double Wes Welker allowing break downs in coverage that free D. Thomas over the top. Hit the middle of the field enough, and defenses will adjust. That will eventually create room for DeSean. Did you forget how the emergence of Cruz opened things up for Nicks and Manningham on the outside. DJax >> Nicks. Coop >> Manningham. Mac = Cruz.

          • Adam

            Welker doesn’t get double teamed in Denver. Why would you double team him when D. Thomas is outside? it would be pointless anyways. Welker beats coverage with his route running.

          • aub32

            How often do you watch Denver? During short yardage situations, teams double Welker because they assume that’s where Peyton will go. This allows the outside guys to go over the top. This happens all the time to teams that primarily use their slot receivers and TEs to pick up 3rd and 3-6.

          • theycallmerob

            correct; look at NO. Stills and Lance Moore get open because Colston in the seam and Graham draw all the coverage (and their RB in the flat).

          • Adam

            I watch Denver enough to know that he doesn’t regularly get double teamed. He gets jammed and rerouted but he doesn’t draw much double coverage.

            Why would you double team Welker and let DThomas, JThomas, and Decker face single coverage? That’s just stupid.

            Look at the Chief’s game on December first. Peyton said they double teamed Welker often that game. What happened? Decker had 4 TD’s and 175 yards. D Thomas had over 100 yards. And the main reason they were even to afford the resources to double team Welker is because Julius Thomas didn’t play.

            It’s about picking your poison when you play Denver. And Welker isn’t the most dangerous on that team.

          • aub32

            You just said that Peyton said that the Chiefs double teamed Welker and follwed it by saying teams don’t double team Welker. I think I made my point.

          • Adam

            I said regularly. And I also said why the Chiefs were able do it that game with the injury to Julius Thomas. Please read.

      • Rick H

        Please see my response to Charlie Kelly. Bottom line we do not know what Kelly thinks of Jackson. He may consider him the second most valuable player on the team. I don’t know and you don’t know. The NFL is a business and that exactly why Jackson went public immediately after the season about renegotiating. His contract is just two years old. Kelly loves play makers and speed. I am a huge Jackson fan and felt he should have gone to the pro bowl.
        I am pointing out what we as fans do not know and also the business side which is always greatly underrated by fans.

        • aub32

          I know he considers Jackson his #1 WR and best offensive player outside of McCoy. Look at how DJax was used. He was lined up everywhere on the field and played STs. Saying we don’t knoww what Kelly thinks is a cop out. I know what he thinks of DJ2, or do you think Kelly sees him as an asset that cannot be let go. Let’s be serious.

          • Rick H

            It isn’t a cop out. I am just enjoying the discussion in general. He is a huge asset I have said that three times already. If you know what Kelly is thinking you must be better then 99% of the fans. I have watched the Eagles for 50 years plus. I have seen the Eagles trade all pro receivers and the best offensive tackle in football in their primes.
            Money is a factor! Don’t think it isn’t. It is naive to think otherwise

    • theycallmerob

      trade? uh….

  • RAW

    Just convert the some of his base to bonus money and add an xtra year. Shoul do the trick if all he really wants is “some security.”

  • firstdown

    “security man”….hey….save your money…….or put on fifty pounds a muscle & a couple inches w/out losin any speed…& u got a deal……

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      fake fan

      • firstdown

        absolutely

  • Addison

    I get it, Desean sees the numbers on the scale and knows he is heartbeat away from never stepping foot on the field again. I would want guaranteed money too. If he will restructure for less money on the cap but more guaranteed, that is a win win

    • Mr. Magee

      Is that a possibility? I’m no expert on cap related matters, but if that is possible, I presume howie already has it on his to do list.

      • Ron Swanson

        He absolutely does. You don’t give a deal that has all the guaranteed money in the first two years without knowing that they will have to revisit it now. Desean had two seasons to prove himself. He did, and he deserves a new deal.

        • Mr. Magee

          “He absolutely does” what? If the answer is “deserves new deal,” then I disagree. See comment from Tom W below.

          • Ron Swanson

            No, what I meant was Howie “absolutely does” already have this on his to do list.

          • Mr. Magee

            got it

  • Septhinox

    I’m ok with guaranteeing him money on his contract while reducing his base pay. Done correctly it could be a win-win. However he has already made the first mistake about going public. He should have went behind closed doors.

  • Adam

    Hey Tim and Sheil,

    Could you elaborate as to whether DeSean was asked about his contract or brought it up himself? That’s important context for me, not sure about anyone else.

    • Will

      Djax was asked…

    • theycallmerob

      Also want to know if it was Tim he was calling “bro”

      • Chris

        the most important question

      • Tim McManus

        He was asked about contract, did not bring it up himself. And yes, I was on the receiving end of the “bro.”

        • theycallmerob

          nice job, bro.

        • #7

          Do you think it is a good idea or not Tim?

        • Mr. Magee

          Why in the world would someone ask that question? Hope,it wasn’t you Tim

    • EaglePete

      just as easy to answer with “I let my agent handle all that” and move on but I dont mind myself. I prefer players to offer opinions and let us fans go nuts overly judging them unfairly.

    • Mr. Magee

      Great point

  • Andy

    I’m pleasantly surprised at the lack of negativity in the comments on this story, which is a testament to the sanity of the Birds 24/7 reader base vis a vis most fans.

    His current contract as you point out makes it likely he will get cut at some point because of the high annual salaries. That isn’t in either party’s best interest, so doing some kind of restructure where Jackson earns less than those top-of-league numbers in exchange for 2-3 more years guaranteed makes a lot of sense for DeSean and the Eagles. Now if he still wants that kind of money AND it to be guaranteed, this could become a problem. I don’t think the Eagles want to pay him $10 million a year and it makes total sense to get that down to the $8 million in exchange for more job security.

    • ftotheyu

      I wouldn’t have a problem with that. Trade overall dollar amounts for short-term security. But I see DJax as more of a No2 than a No1. We def need a more dependable, bigger and taller No1 opposite DJaX.

      Agree with the Birds 24/7 reader base… much more of a thoughtful and educated audience than some of the other Eagles blogs.

      • aub32

        How is he a #2 WR? Please tell me how many #2 WRs put up the kind of numbers he did this year? How can a guy be the number one threat for every DC playing us, put up #1 numbers and only be considerd a #2 guy. I am baffled.

        • ftotheyu

          He’s a No1 for us, but in an absolute sense, he’s not a No1 guy. He’s the first option for us because he’s the only threat we’ve got, but that doesn’t mean he’s a de facto No1.

          If you look at how the All-Pro team is voted, there was no 2nd team All-Pro QB (Manning was 1st team) in the AFC because nobody was good enough to be named that. You don’t automatically get to be named All-Pro by default because your stats were 2nd best and it was a crappy field to choose from.

          DJax is a No1 for us, the same way Pierre Garcon is No1 for the Redskins (he had 113 recs and 1,346 yards). Garcon isn’t a de facto No1 for the same reason DJax isn’t either. To me, I just can’t put DJax in the same league as Megatron, Josh Gordon, Dez Bryant, and Larry Fitzgerald…

          • aub32

            This is where we disagree. DJ is a number 1 guy. He puts up number 1 stats for a good team, and he did it without anyone else drawing coverage away from him. Sure if you pair him with Megatron, AJ Green, and a handful of others he’d be the number two. However, asisde from the few handful of teams, he’d be most team’s number 1 guy.
            NYG
            NYJ
            STL
            SEA
            WAS
            PHI
            NO
            MIN
            NE
            BUF
            MIA
            JAX
            TEN
            BAL
            OAK
            KC
            This is a list of all the teams where DJax would be the #1 guy. If you can be the number 1 guy for half of the league, then you are a #1 WR in my book.

          • #7

            Well said

          • EaglePete

            itd be more like 1 and 1a with some of these. Cruz, Garcon, Colston, Smith is similar on Ravens per speed. He would be behind Bowe on KC. But yes, you make a really solid point with this.

          • aub32

            I would take Jackson over all of these guys, especially Smith who is proof that speed isn’t everything. This is his first year over 1,000 yards.

    • Will

      8 million base sounds about right DJax amassed over 1,300 yds on 82 catches…works out to be 16.24 avg….you need a big, tall WR that demands double coverage to go with DJax….it will be interesting to see what if anything Chip does at the WR position for next year’s season…

    • Ron Swanson

      It’s definitely a breath of fresh air after reading the idiocy on the ESPN boards.

  • macadood
  • nicksaenz1

    The structure of his deal always made this year the year to restructure it, and it’s going to happen, so the comments don’t bother me. However, what’s very fresh in my mind is the fact that he was just shut down by Keenan Lewis, and the only reason he got any stats in a playoff game was because of Lewis’ injury. You might need security Desean, but the Eagles need dependability of consistent playmaking when it really counts. Where were you on Saturday, bro?

    • Will

      Part is on Foles and O-Line, DJax was open a few times but the ball either wasn’t thrown his way or pass protection broke down…

      • nicksaenz1

        Sure, part is on Foles, but the argument is based on stats, not on whether or not Foles found him the very few times he was open or Foles was getting sacked. With the production being mainly stats based, that what he has to work with, and the stats say he hasn’t shown up when it’s counted. He’s been nowhere to be found the last two weeks, one an actual playoff game, the other a playoff game for all intents and purposes. Again, he’s going to get restructured and I understand that, but just making the point. When it’s counted the last two weeks, he couldn’t be found.

      • Breezy

        He was very effective as a decoy If I remember correctly. The crossing route Cooper dropped comes to mind. Middle of field opened up because of the focus on DeSean. When the defense is trying to take DeSean away, someone else needs to show up

        • aub32

          Don’t forget Shady’s easy TD against Dallas. The whole D keyed in on DeSean in motion.

      • Mr. Magee

        Not sure how you would know that w/o having seen the all-22

    • Will

      Where was Trent Cole after talking smack all week?

      • nicksaenz1

        Didn’t know Trent wanted his contract redone.

        • Will

          Just wonder why Trent gets a pass that’s all…

          • nicksaenz1

            No one was talking about Trent. D-line got owned. This article and the comment I made was about Desean, not Trent, so we can have that discussion another day, or when he asks for his contract to be redone.

          • Will

            Goood points….Djax knew this would get restructured. I do not see them paying 12.5 million to him….

            .

          • anon

            just post a link, can’t decipher all this terrible formatting. If i had a choice between Jackson and literally anyone left on that list i’m taking jackson although maybe close with TY b/c of age but they’re the same player. Jackson is the only skill player other than McCoy that teams know can hurt them. Why do you think TEs / Cooper are wide open in the middle all day, not bc teams are trying to double cover those guys. It’s b/c Jackson is the one guy that can beat you in the air or catch and run.

            Problem with howie’s deals is if players play well they’ll want to negotiate b/c the money after 2-3 years is always fake. I think they’ll get have a rookie WR, have Maclin cheap, i’d cut Benn and take Cooper at a slight pay raise, though i’d let him test FA and see what effect if any his off the field antics had. I actually think McCulster would be a great add, is he a FA?

          • OldDocRoss

            Yep.

            http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2014/01/05/dexter-mcclusters-future-with-kansas-city-chiefs-looks-bleak/

            I’d sooner see us add more size, but wouldn’t be against adding him.

          • anon

            He can do the KR/PR and crush the underneath stuff.

          • OldDocRoss

            Aye, I’d have faith in Chip finding ways to get him the ball on O and we could definitely use the help in the return game.

            Immediate upgrade over Damaris as well although that’s probably not saying much.

          • anon

            I forgot DJ2 is still on the team, him and Maehl should be long gone. Forgot how little depth we have, except at TE. I think they should just turn Casey into a Kuhn like player.

          • theycallmerob

            the depth thing was easy to forget this year because everyone was healthy. remember, just a year ago we were 6 losses worse. Kelly made lemon meringue pie out of those lemons.

            WR may have the most turnover of any position group

          • OldDocRoss

            Totally. We dodged a bullet with Cooper and D-Jax staying as healthy as they did. Starting one of DJ2, Maehl, Avant or Brad Smith on the outside probably would have gone less than well.

          • Mr. Magee

            What happened to damaris? Just not any good, or,is there more to it?

          • Mike Calabrese

            No good IMO. If he was Chip would have found way to use him. Says something that went and got Brad Smith to return kicks and still had Damarius on team. He just a roster spot looks like.

          • Will

            okay…http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/player/_/stat/receiving/sort/receivingYards/seasontype/2

            Stat wise DeSean is a top 10 WR….who can stretch a Defense…

          • anon

            Looking at NFL.com, DJax is No. 8 by yds, No 2 in plays of 20+ yds, number 3 in plays of 40+ yds, 12 in YPG, 14 in TDs. This list includes receiving TEs which affects TD rankings.

            Philly can do what it wants, but DJax did just have a career year on a prove it contract. I don’t hate what he said, i do hate that he said it 2 days after the L. Save that for later in the offseason.

          • Will

            Hey the fact he is top 8th in the league says a lot…DeSean according to the numbers is worthy in my opinion…I do not think anyone on our D could cover him…that is something to consider as well…glad DeSean is an Eagle…

          • Will

            Went there to look DeSean overall is number 9th WR…Andre Johnson is 7th…so DeSean should make a little less…http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/houston-texans/andre-johnson/

            Average salary…
            9.6 mil a yr for Andre Johnson…#7 WR
            8.5 mil a yr for Pierre Garcon #8 WR
            So 8 mil a yr is about right for #9 WR DeSean…

          • anon

            AJ is 32 so think numbers reflect that. Though i wish he was on my team.

          • Will

            Garcon is long in the tooth but both out performed DJax thro but DJax was a decoy a lot too still 8-9 million range for average salary seems more than fair…

          • anon

            14 more yds on 30 more catches. But i see what you’re saying.

          • Will

            Believe me I want DeSean to be an Eagle so I hope they work it out…

          • Mike Calabrese

            Desean and Garcon are both 27 yrs old.

      • morgan c

        +1. He was invisible against the rookie who he claimed “better get help.” Pass-rusher is number 1 need in the off-season, no Q.

    • anon

      Was it me or did T. Cole have 0 moves? I didn’t see any spin moves on those rushes, i could have shaked and baked that rookie. Though i wonder if he can’t spin inside b/c of scheme since brees is somewhat mobile, but i was not impressed and i generally liked T. Cole — he needed to show up in that game.

      I always find that whoever talks the most smack during the week loses. Someone should do a study.

      • nicksaenz1

        Yeah, he was a complete non-factor and from what I saw, had zero moves. You have to respect Brees pocket mobility but not the point where containment is the primary goal which is what it appeared to be (I know that wasn’t the actual gameplan). He was having such a great second half of the season, which makes it sting more. Had it been a typical Cole season of first half dominance second half fallout, would’ve just been expected.

        • anon

          Def thought he was going to bring it, probably would have went far for his job security but whatever we’ll see what draft / FA brings.

          • nicksaenz1

            The dead money issue is likely to keep him around. 6.6mil if he plays, 4.8 in dead money. I argued a lot earlier in the year that he should be cut regardless, but he made me tone that down with his play in the second half. He’s got one more year left then he’s released or takes a deal for far less.

          • cliff henny

            yup…i won that one ;)

          • nicksaenz1

            I had a feeling you’d say that haha.

    • Mr. Magee

      Good points / questions. I kept noticing that when Foles was in trouble, it was always other guys – Cooper, Avant, etc – who ended up being targeted. Maybe there’s a good reason why DJ can’t come back to make a play, but I couldn’t help but wonder on Sat night if it may be that he was pouting because he wasn’t getting the ball.

  • cliff henny

    put Maclin/k benjamin wide and Landry in slot, with ertz running seams on opposite side and d-jax is worth every penny of 8m. few guys in nfl dictate coverage like he does. why cooper and avant need upgrading, absolutely no way man press with single high rotating to jax should be able to slow kelly’s offense down. no way!

  • mtn_green

    His contract was set up for this year to be a restructuring year. The money this year and next are too high to make sense 10mil and 12 mil. The contract was set up to look like a large contract wherein he got 16 mil guaranteed over two seasons.

    He thinks he deserves more I think it’s about right. DeSean could have phrased his comments differently and it wouldn’t seem so scandulous.

    From rueben’s article:
    Based on his average annual salary of $9.7 million, Jackson has the eighth-richest deal among NFL receivers behind Calvin Johnson ($16.207143 million average), Larry Fitzgerald ($16.142857 million average), Percy Harvin ($12.8435 million), Mike Wallace ($12.8435 million), Dwayne Bowe ($11.2 million), Brandon Marshall ($11.19475 million) and Vincent Jackson ($11,111,111 million).<

    • anon

      Hmm looking at that list i can see what he’s talking about, he outperformed everyone except calvin though most everyone else on that list is more talented (but dealing with injuries or bad QBs).

    • aub32

      DJax deserves more than every one of those guys outside of the first two of course.

      • RAW

        He is easily behind Marshall and VJax

        • EaglePete

          also behind Bowe and FItz in raw skill as well. Cant really just pick stats for one yr to make a case. Well, your agent can of course, but its more about value in terms of overall skill level if team ever puts it all together from an owner/GM perspective.

          • anon

            meant stats not talent. Hear you but that’s sort of the way the deal was structured. Hard to use last year’s numbers.

            In terms of talent i’d love to have a number of other players but you have what you have.

        • aub32

          I’d argue that right now DJax is more of an asset than VJ. DJ plays 2 postions. He also lines up wide, in the slot, and in the backfield. He’s the number one WR on his team and had a better year than VJ and was on pace for a better year last year before getting injured. I will concede Marshall.

          • Uncle Wonder

            Ok, maybe a wash btwn VJax and DJax…but i would like to see DeSean do it again before Im completely sold. I love his talent but you cant teach size, so that almost inherently makes him less versatile, especially since he doesnt have Steve Smith level heart…at least not that i can tell

  • mtn_green

    Vick article
    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/01/06/new-york-times-hasnt-forgotten-mike-vicks-sordid-past/

    Seems poorly written, and ignores the fact that giving people a second chance especially after jail time in certain communities is a very important symbol of hope. Certain neighborhood in Philly there is a high number of incarcerations of fathers and sons. A positive symbol of redemption is a powerful motivator. Whereas this author wants to keep the albatross around his neck indefinitely.

    • EaglePete

      ya agree that article should just be ignored

    • #7

      BS article. Whoever that is…is trying to get some shine

  • theycallmerob

    Really not a big deal. This is how his current contract was structured. If he stunk or Chip didn’t like him, they could go elsewhere. He produced, so he’ll get paid a bit.

    http://overthecap.com/top-player-salaries.php?Position=WR

    Something along the lines of 4yr/45 mil, or maybe 5/55. Guarantee about 15-20 mil (30-35% of it, about league average). Tail it off towards the end just like the current one. This will probably be his last payday, so may as well make sure the next 2-3 years of it he is happy.

    • GEAGLE

      Yup Not a big deal at all. When he signed his deal, we KNEW we would have to revisit it this year…time has come,

  • yoant702

    All I know is that Jackson should be a slot receiver. Not a # 1. He should be used like a welker. The big receiver need is definitely not over blown. Large receivers or just decent receivers in general have been an ongoing problem in Philly. Even before Big Red came to town 15 yrs ago you couldn’t name a real receiver on the team. Guys like Barnett, Quick, Fryar, a short lived stint by a crack head chris carter. Two years of that Hardee burger eating premadonna. Oh and we even gave friggin Dante stallworth a shot. I do find it interesting to see what chip will do with this core, with Maclin coming back. Do you keep all three and draft also? Or drop one and draft a top guy? You cant give Maclin a real deal, so you obviously franchise. But how will that affect paying cooper or restructuring djax? Maybe Maclin and coop should line up 1&2 and let djax go crazy in the slot. Meanwhile run more two tight end sets like the pats were doing. Also, start lining shady up at receiver and get him in open space. Greatest show on turf 2.0! Go BIRDS! And don’t give djax anymore $!

    • theycallmerob

      welker is quick. DJax is fast. that’s what the slot is about (and route running and sitting down in soft zones, also not DJax’s skillset) not at all the same thing.

      • GEAGLE

        Very different positions, but I don’t think it’s this insurmountable transition people act like It is….obviously he would really have to work at it, but I see no reason why he can’t with a summer of training…his new found short route ability and willingness to run drag and crossing routes over the middle,a long with him actually motioning to the slot some this season lead me to believe it is POSSIBLE, but NO, it’s not some easy seamless transition that he can just step into…but if dailed in Desean commits to it, I think he could pull it off…need to spend more time watching what type of routes Avant ran this year to be sure tho

      • yoant702

        Late reply, sorry. I agree though. Jackson is no Wess. It was merely an example. Welker is a quick move, find the seam type. Jackson is a “straight line” speed guy, but I think that’s over stated. Yes Djax has had his issues over the middle (ask dunta robinson), but he could be utilized differently, its not like wess is some beast (as far as being a physical run blocker type). He’s no Heinz or Boldin in the slot. Also, Djax is quick in his own right. The sitting on soft zones could be a potential problem, but not if Chip spreads the field enough, maybe by motioning Shady out at reciver. That could be scary for opposing defenses. As for route running, he’s a fine route runner if he’s not getting jammed at the line (how often is that though?). As I told another replier, Djax is the only #1 receiver in the league who can be completely taken out of a game. I mean completely! Who’s more likey to get jammed at the line as a receiver, your #1 or 2, or your slot? Slots get chipped a lot, but usually have more free running room through out the game. Also, hes not much of a run blocker, so in the slot he would probably block a little less. I love Jackson but he’s not exactly your prototype WR. He actually can hurt us a lot at times, though he’s usually helping the majority. Just saying it woudnt hurt to try. We’re not keeping Avant at 3.2 mil(with his bonus). Coop isn’t a slot, and maclin is off injury, and has alligator arms. So….just saying. Either way we are on the same side, GO BIRDS!!!

    • Adam

      DJAX IS NOT A SLOT RECEIVER.

      Good lord people.

      • anon

        Yeah read that and skipped the rest.

        • theycallmerob

          yea, dunno what stallworth and irving fryar have to do with anything

      • aub32

        I don’t get why so many think otherwise. He’s played outside and produced outside. What’s the obsession with putting him in the slot. I think he should be put there occasionally to mix things up, but the guy is a WR not a slot receiver.

        • Mr. Magee

          Size

      • GEAGLE

        DEsean saw a nice amount of action in the slot this year and was fine…he would have to adjust his route running, but with that speed, matched up against nickels and Safeties, I think he could make it work fine…with THAT speed, how do you guard Desean running a slant out of the slot?

    • aub32

      So DeSean was a top 10 WR playing primarily outside but should be a slot receiver. That makes a whole lot of sense.

    • Tom W

      Franchise maclin what are you nutz … wow it must be new years on this site like it is at the gym … amateur hour.

      one year short term prove it contract….maclin will want that as well to get a better longer term deal somewhere else next yr .. basically get his health back and contract yr back.

      • GEAGLE

        Whoever downvoted you is an IDIOT…why the hell would anyone want to pay Maclin the average of what the top 10 WRs make, when he has no leverage and is coming off a contract year?

      • yoant702

        Sorry for the late response, but do me a favor and don’t reply to my comments if you have no idea what you’re talking about. Also, look up the definition of franchise tag (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franchise_tag), and don’t get back to me. Do everyone here a favor and go back to the gym meathead. So you can stare in the mirror and make snide comments about all the people trying to turn their life around.

    • Mike Calabrese

      Slot WR? Have you watched Jackson go over the middle? He is not a guy who likes that area often and he just is not that type of guy. Just bc size wise looks like a slot doesn’t mean he fits the position.

      • yoant702

        Sorry, late reply. I agree, yes, I have seen him go over the middle. So has Dunta Robinson (who also shortened Maclin’s season a few years back, so neither are much over the middle). Its worth a shot, he’s not much of a run blocker, probably would block a little less. Also, we’re not paying Avant the 3.2 mil he’s due in salary and bonus, so whos the slot then? Coop? Don’t think so. So its alligator arm maclin or Djax. Just saying. Djax at times gets completely taken out of games, I mean completely. Not just 2 catches for 25-30 yards,practically 0 for. He is the only #1 who can be made a complete none factor.

  • Bird of Prey

    It’s a back loaded contract, and he is performing. They could guaranty x% percent of the remaining moneys per year, but stating this in public puts them with their backs against the wall and could backfire on him. But Joe Banner isn’t there to break promises and antagonize like the last contract or what happened to that other guy(See how I didn’t mention T.O.?) so something could happen. I just hope this doesn’t turn into a situation like last time.

    People get worked up about Football players and their contracts but the teams hold them to their side even if they are out performing their pay scale, but will cut or threaten them if they get older or want to clear cap room negating the contract with the player all together.

    Desean has done nothing but raise his performance since the new contract
    so I hope they guarantee a decent part of it, It’s not going to affect
    the cap so why not?

  • Tom W

    The contract makes this a nonstory — he certainly was getting it restructured — Howie is no idiot. Too much me first not team first. Bad Timing.

    its the me first attitude two days after a loss that makes this look horrible … he is a hothead…only a few weeks after he got in a pissing match on the sideline w the coach and Avant.

    Poor timing — not even that upset what he said. Just looks bad when the coach and the rest of the team is still upset about losing. Cooper handled it much better saying his agent will handle and moved on and still needs to improve.

    Djax is not a number one wr bc you can take him out of the game too easily bc of his size and poor route running. He may put up big numbers this year but last year wasn’t so hot. He disappears for long stretches bc teams take away his speed and that is really all he has. disappeared weeks 16 and 17 in big games.

    Definitely is a mismatch and a playmaker but you need a bigger stronger wr to consistently move the chains. draft a wr early, bring back coop, djaz, and maclin on a short deal and keep avant as your wr5 if you want.

    • Mr. Magee

      There are almost 200 posts on this topic, and this is by far the best one.

      Don’t know when the eagles will draft (or sign) a bigger WR, but I’m sure it’s on the list somewhere

  • Mugzy Payton

    Sometimes players are more than their stats and other times they’re less. I think Jackson is less than his stats. He’s too easily taken out of the game by good DBs or safety help. You need your big money receiver to be able to get open even when he’s the focus of the D

    • anon

      Think his game opens up the middle where we did a lot of work this year. Coming out of the backfield running slot, etc. he’s super versatile in the scheme and he makes big money plays. I think they can do a deal without giving away the farm.

  • RAW

    He is obviously trying to cash in now because this is probably the best chance he will get. I get that we are all Eagles fans but you are being a homer if you disregard the fact that Chip had an advantage this year being able to run his offense with none of his opponents having seen it at this level before. This is the NFL (Not for Long)…Coordinators are going to have an entire offseason to gameplan for this offense before they see it again. Chip even claimed that he wasnt using as much tempo because the other teams had caught up to it defensively. DeSean knows things will be harder next year and he wants to cash in on his career year before it’s too late.

    • GEAGLE

      Stop it….DC’s will spend the summer figuring it out is just BS they tell their bosses because they didn’t do a good enough job…you think every friggin DC didn’t spend all last summer trying to figure out how to stop Kelly, who used a ton of the same principles they used at Oregon? Yet Chip took Andy’s guys and set franchise records for offense, just by adding Zack Ertz and Casey…
      ….
      Week 10 DCs had 9 games of eagles footage to study, yet we went 7-1 down the stretch

      You think this was all Chip had to offer? He has new offensive ish to add for the next 4 years…you see a fraction of a coaches playbook in his first year..we have so much that we haven’t shown to the NFL yet…the old guard can keep doubting Chip and Nick, yet next year they will be hunting for the broncos offensive records

      DCs knew what inside and outside zone reads were before Chip got yo the NFL, yet Chip used an immobile QB for 11 games and shady still destroyed the NFL and put up franchise records

  • EaglePete

    Man o man, Im still not over the loss and now this. Its going to be a really really looooonnnnng off season ugh. I dont really care in terms of who gets paid, so long as the owner isnt too cheap or too dumb to over pay. Ill leave the rest to cap nerds, we got our coach and QB, big ups for that alone.

  • JofreyRice

    Pay that man his money. He could not have done anything more to show he deserves it then what he did this year. He’s shown he’s reasonable–not expecting to be the #1 paid WR in the league–and that he doesn’t quit after getting paid.

    • Andy124

      If he doesn’t work for the vet minimum so that we can spend use the cap space elsewhere then he’s not a team player and we don’t want anything to do with him and should cut him post haste.

      • aub32

        Are you joking? I can’t tell. There’s no smiley.

        • Andy124

          the vet minimum is your clue. :)

  • #7

    Get your money #10. Just don’t quit on us again like 2011

  • Loke1988

    Hmmm Foles is set to make < one million next year and doesn't say a word yet this POS…nevermind. He wants that guarantee because once he loses that extra step he will be useless. Besides I think he owes us at least a season or 2 with no compensation for the games he played less than 100%. Flame away, I don't read your comments.

  • Matt

    I hope they see what they can for him in a trade. He’s a headache every other year and thinks he’s way better than he is.

  • birdgang

    Desean is NOT a ” #1″ WR! A #1 WR can run EVERY pattern that needs to be run. When’s the last time you’ve seen Desean run a slant?? I’ll tell you when. It was when Dunta Robinson knocked his head off 3 seasons ago vs the Falcons!! Desean doesn’t run the patterns that WR’s with the same body type that he has, run on a every game basis! Examples… Welker, Cruz, Antonio Brown ( who lead the NFL in catches), Santana Moss, Steve Smith, Randall Cobb, Santonio Holmes, and Amendola. I know a few of those names might not be as good as Desean. But, my point is there all “small” WR’s that do more then jus run the GO Route! If the right deal presented itself, I would no issue with trading Desean to move up in the draft! Then, you could sign Maclin to a 1 year “prove it” deal, sign Cooper to a FAIR contract, then maybe address WR in the draft ( I LOVE Mike Evans from A&M!!!). Desean is much better suited to be a #2 WR playing next to a Megatron, Andre Johnson, Fitz, Dez, Aj Green, than being a #1 and having all the attention on him because he has proven that against good/above average CB’s defenses he’s just not effective. And the numbers support my argument! Desean is =to the baseball player Adum Dunn. If he’s not hitting the HR…. What good is he!?!?!

  • KobraKai7474

    Mr. Door, meet Mr. Jackson… and please don’t hit him on the butt as he leaves.

  • KobraKai7474

    Desean Jackson is a very good, if flawed, NFL wide receiver. He is nowhere close to the very top WRs in the game (the guys of Megatron’s caliber). In an uptempo offense like the Eagles ran this year, he can put up very good numbers, but, if the other team focuses on him, they can and do often make him disappear. That is NOT the kind of guy you pay top dollar for.

  • birdgang

    Truth be told. Other than Shady, the best player on the Eagles offense is Chip Kelley! Desean, Cooper, and even Foles all benefited from brilliant play offensive schemes and play calling! There were countless times that we had WR’s running wide open due to the play design! Just look at the numbers these guys put up with Chief Boy R Reid calling the plays compared to this year!

  • Explorer51

    He had the second highest salary, third highest cap number, on the Eagles in 2013, with a scheduled 51% salary increase for 2014; two days after a playoff loss, he’s hinting that it’s not enough. There are 50+ players in that locker room who have to be wondering WTF. Yes, he’s a great talent who had a terrific year but, once again, he was neutralized in the playoffs. In the six postseason games he’s played in, with three different QBs, he has 19 catches for 321 yards and two TDs; the Eagles are 2-4 in those games, with the last four all losses. Is this all, or even primarily, Jackson’s fault? Of course not. But neither has he shown that he can be a major force as a receiver in the playoffs like a Cruz a few years ago, or Boldin last year.

    At some point, you have to wonder if he’s worth it. Should he be the highest paid player on the team? Will he ever be satisfied? Will he ever be mature enough, or enough a leader, to care about how his public salary stance…again…will affect the team?

    Remember, this isn’t a case of an underpaid player, either on his team or at his position…

  • TNA
  • ia

    Let’s trade him with Fitzgerald. We need team players.

  • NineseveN

    I’ll probably get poached for saying this, but with the way Djax kinda fell silent at the end of the season, I’m torn on if I even want him at this point. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t restructure his contract because I think it would be stupid and fiscally irresponsible not to do so, but the way he seemed to somewhat give up has just left a bad taste in my mouth. I know the defenses singled him out and put multiple coverages and doubled up on him in order to try and contain our passing game and limit explosive plays, but he just seemed to resort to his old attitude as the season wore on. I don’t know, maybe I’m just overreacting, he’s just starting to remind me too much of Santonio Holmes. I guess I just don’t know if I’d be that upset if the front office restructured his contract enough that it was more team friendly to trade him for something else. Then again, it might just be sour grapes on my part over how the season ended and I’m just looking for a convenient outlet for my frustrations.