• December 8, 2022

Eagles Should Franchise DeSean Jackson For The 2012 Season

The debate is raging throughout the Delaware Valley concerning what the Eagles need to do with wide receiver DeSean Jackson.   Should they let him walk?  Should they slap the franchise tag on him?  Should they work out a long-term deal with him?

This is a huge decision for the Eagles front office going forward.

Admittedly Jackson had an off year in 2012, but he still nearly made it to 1000 yards receiving with 961 yards.  He caught 58 passes and four of them were touchdown catches.

I don’t care what anybody says, they’re not the same football team without him.  He’s more valuable to the Eagles than any other NFL team.  Opposing defenses focus on stopping Jackson in each and every game.  Their defensive game plan is designed to stop Jackson.

I’ve heard that Jackson has been trying to get a five-year deal in the $50 million dollar range.

Is he worth $10 million dollars a year?  No, but the Eagles should be willing to pay him the $10 million dollars it will cost them in 2012 as a franchise player because they’ve underpaid him for the last couple of years.

Andy Reid would be foolish to lose Jackson in the year with his job on the line.  Jackson has already said he wouldn’t have a problem being franchised.  His presence in the line-up makes Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek and Jason Avant more effective.

Jackson’s speed also makes running back LeSean McCoy better because he forces teams to back up their safeties.  The safeties can’t get very involved in helping to stop the Eagles running game with the speedy number ten lined-up outside.

One of the strengths of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is in throwing the deep ball.  Removing Jackson from the line-up would minimize Vick’s opportunities to utilize his strong arm.

I think they would take a step back if Maclin was their number one guy because he would have to adjust to being the guy teams double teamed.  Although he’s very fast, he still doesn’t have the same lightning speed of Jackson..  The Eagles offense wouldn’t be nearly as explosive if you remove the little guy.

If Jackson hits the open market, there’s surely at least one team in the league which would be willing to overpay him, so the Birds don’t want to let him get on the open market.

GCOBB

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Erock
Erock
January 10, 2012 10:32 am

Logic speaks…good stuff g.

He’s your homerun guy and the best point you made is the offense just doesnt go without him.

Losing D-jax just makes the entire first four game san adjustment peiord for the entire o. Makes no sense to do that with the way the squad finished the year. Momentum.

No reciever in the draft or on the FA market comes in here and keeps the o rolling the way it has been.

Erock
Erock
January 10, 2012 10:34 am

Not too mention Jerry Jones would overpay him and match him on the other side with Dez. Not a good idea.

paulman
paulman
January 10, 2012 11:18 am

D-JAx will end up with the San Fran 49ers who have some ral depth issues at WR moving forward
They already released WR Braylon Edwards who was injured and just didn’t work out there and WR Crabtree has been a disappointment and WR Josh Morgan & WR Tedd Ginn are both Free-Agents.. I expect the 49ers to updgrade their Receiving Corp and of course, D-Jax is from the Bay Area (Oakland) so going back home to play will probably be very enticing to him

I do expect Jerry Jones of the Cowboys to overpay for CB A Samuel once he’s released and a Free-Agent by the Eagles for I doubt very much any team is goign to inherit that large back-end Contract of SAmuel which pays him $9.5 Million in 2012 and $10 Million for 2013, plus the Cowboys would have to give up a high Draft pick or 2 which isn’t going to happen
Samuel will be released and then offered a 4 Year Deal with new up-front Bonus $$$ and a lower Salary over a 4 year deal so he will see his money, but it wont be from the Eagles ..This, I am about 99 % sure of…

ozzman
ozzman
January 10, 2012 11:21 am

Come on..we dont need him. We have that GENUIS Andy Reid and his SYSTEM is superior to all others.

greenfan
greenfan
January 10, 2012 11:57 am

If we have a good alternative (say Vincent Jackson) then you can let him walk…otherwise sign him to give us our best chance next year.

paulman
paulman
January 10, 2012 12:17 pm

Go out and sign Free-Agent WR Robert Meachem of the Saints to be yuor Deep Threat and then Draft a young Big WR from a talented pool of WR in this years Draft and move on from the D-Jax era would be my suggestion or plan as GM

Stevo
Stevo
January 10, 2012 1:10 pm

spags is a bird again. will return to phillly end of next week. thank you!!!

greenfan
greenfan
January 10, 2012 1:18 pm

you teasing us or know something rev?? I haven’t seen or heard anything about Spags…only he was taking his time to decide and might actually take a year off

paulman
paulman
January 10, 2012 1:25 pm

Per Barbados Semi-Sport Reporters,
Spags and Washburn were seen boxing on a makeshift Ring on the beaches of Barbados… Coach AR is the acting Referee… “Last man standing comes on the plane ride with me to Philly ” he was overheard saying to the combatants…

btc24
btc24
January 10, 2012 1:29 pm

According to Yardbarker, Jason La Canfora is reporting that Spags will rejoin the Eagles.

Stevo
Stevo
January 10, 2012 1:40 pm

yes- i get the cred tho cause i talked to Pmans pool boy first. He’s been feeding pman crap stories and giving me the good stuff. your welcome everyone.

Stevo
Stevo
January 10, 2012 1:40 pm

profootballtalk will post something soon and then gcobb will follow.

btc24
btc24
January 10, 2012 1:41 pm

Gotta give props to Stevo for breaking it to us first. Lets see if this report materializes any.

greenfan
greenfan
January 10, 2012 1:42 pm

thanks guys…Pman needs to give that pool boy a raise…he must be the only pool boy in Boone NC…just cleaning that cement pond

Stevo
Stevo
January 10, 2012 1:44 pm

btw Pman- Andy called… says you are the “lame duck”.

paulman
paulman
January 10, 2012 2:08 pm

At least my sources are original and have a sense of humor..
This probably means that Fisher will hire and take Washburn Alley to the Rams with him if it is true..
DE’s T Cole & J Babin are going to be pissed for losing the Wide 9 …

Stevo
Stevo
January 10, 2012 2:18 pm

Not so sure Pman. I feel like we would have heard something. it may happen but im not sold that it HAS to happen. Plus… perhaps Spags is not going to just take over. Perhaps he is going to provide support for our fav water boy.

greenfan
greenfan
January 10, 2012 2:36 pm

we have seen these types of rumors before..think that things are still fluid… my money is that Castillo stays and we have new LB and DB coaches

schiller
schiller
January 10, 2012 2:54 pm

Paul, you’re too married to that ‘spags and washburn can’t coexist’ thing. It’s limited, closed-minded, ‘in the box’ thinking that only orriginates in the media.

Stevo
Stevo
January 10, 2012 3:03 pm

amen schill. as always PMAN states things as facts and they are clearly not facts. 1 year ago i was told the birds would move Juan over to DC- anything is possible at this point.

schiller
schiller
January 10, 2012 3:13 pm

amen to Stevo – than you for having some reason. We will all know exactly who the coaches at each spot with plenty of time to go for next season. It’s early january for crying out loud. Knowing rumors and leads at this point is useless. And following them is foolish…

paulman
paulman
January 10, 2012 3:20 pm

Stevo
Whay would Spags would a backfground role.. He just went from being a HC in the NFL and his prime of his Coaching Career. and if going backwards to a DC level isn’t bad enough he’s going to be willing to come back and defer to Washburn and Castillo just because he likes Eagles fans.. You guys are dreaming .. He has a reputation to uphold and maintain and he’s going to leave it up to these 2 … C’mon man, you guys are getting silly…

paulman
paulman
January 10, 2012 3:43 pm

-Eagles Pro Personnel Director Interviews for Rams open GM spot (Already met with Colts)
-Raiders fire 1st Year HC Hue Jackson, they hired from Player Personnel R McKenzie from the Packers.. Look for new GM McKenzie look to hire Winston Moss from the Packers as their next HC.
-Rams are loking to hire Boronco D/C Dennis Alllen as a DC/Asst HC under Jeff Fisher who will be accepting the Position this afternoon (Remember that Dennis Allen interviewed with the Eagles last year but Coach AR already had his mind set on Castillo)
– Tragic news out of Wisconson as O/C J Philbin’s missing 20 year old Son was found dead in a lake around the Oshkosh,Wi area.. He was reported missing by the Family to local Authorites on Sunday.. Police do not suspect any foul play at this time of the investigation…

schiller
schiller
January 10, 2012 3:46 pm

Paul, you’re getting silly. Who says that if Spags came to the Eagles that he would have to defer to Washburn and Castillo? The answer to that question is nobody but you! The only active rumors out ther about Spags are that he would come to Philly to be the Defensivce Coordinator (and I’ve also seen as possible assistnat head coach). Either way, as DC or Asst. Head Coach, he would ONLY defer to Reid and in some cases hypothetically the front office. In what world is the DC subordinate to the DL coach or whatever the hell Juan would be in your make-believe situation?

paulman
paulman
January 10, 2012 3:55 pm

Did you read Stevo’s post about 5-6 posts above ours where he suggests that maybe Spags would come back to help and assist Castillo ???
What happened on the Titanic ..that’s right, every man,woman & child for themselves.. That’s what happening at NovaCAre Center

Ryan Grigson interviews with Colts/Rams and get a GM job before he’s too closeley assocaiated with GM Roseman and has little appeal…
Rumor is even Rory Segrest rejected Eagles Offer to come back and Coach the DL once Washburn leaves…

Erock
Erock
January 10, 2012 4:05 pm

The wide 9 can be implemented into any system. Its a front…not an entire scheme.Regarles whos the d-cord it should be kept and used with a nice pick up at backer. It had lotsa success and is ideal for our personel. We’re always ripping them for the square peg round hoel theory. So now they keep it cause Babin and Cole are great wide 9 ends. So leave it be…Spags will make it work. And if he doesnt like it then Wash can go pound sand. Its his d once he steps into the building. Im liking the direction of htis team right now.Spags will bring a nastiness and accountability for these guys.

Asmo is a complete corner…i didnt see him shy away form any contact all year.Out of position to make a takcle and bad angle yes.But ill tell ya right now,Spags will relish the chance to build a defense around the d-line talent and Nam and DRC.

Erock
Erock
January 10, 2012 4:07 pm

And wtf did you hear a rumor about Rory stinking Seagrest rejecting an offer to come back and coach once Wash leaves?Your new nickname is Waste Managment….cause your always coming with hot garbage.

nsidious
nsidious
January 10, 2012 4:22 pm

Rumor:

Castillo will embark on a secret training mission to Haiti. Plan is: he’ll channel Jim Johnson and make voodoo dolls of Offensive Coordinators. “Paulman Stickpins” will be unsheathed and used on the dolls. All will claim ignorance of the moves.

PETE60
PETE60
January 10, 2012 4:36 pm

DESEAN, RUN AS FAR AS YOU CAN. THE EAGLES DON’T DESERVE YOUR TALENT. THEY PROVED IT WHEN THEY LIED ABOUT REPORTING TO CAMP AND CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS.

schiller
schiller
January 10, 2012 4:54 pm

Pete, the Cowboys love you too

paulman
paulman
January 10, 2012 5:15 pm

If I was in the predicting and gambling business, I would say the D-JAx has about a 10% chance of remaining with the Eagles…
Eagles signed a cheaper version names Mardy Gilyard the other day who was out of football in 2011 due to being cut from the SL Rams.. Gilyard will handle Punt and Kick-Off Duties and maybe see the field for 10-12 deep routes a game while they go out and get a Big Reciever or Draft a Alshton Jeffrey type in the Draft to help with their Red-Zone Offense which has been terrible the last few season in part, due to the smallish, afraid to get hit WR’s on the Eagles Roster that can’t get open o fight for the ball in tight spaces ..

schiller
schiller
January 10, 2012 5:18 pm

Paul, if you were in the predicting and gambling business, you’d be posting on Gcobb from public library computers because you wouldn’t be able to afford a computer and internet access.

DCar
DCar
January 11, 2012 3:11 am

He is not worth the average of the top 5 WR’s in the league! No freaking way! He’s is too small, fragile mentally & physically, inconsistent, & disappears for games at a time. Not to mention there is an abundant amount, of better all around WR’s in free agency this off-season! So no they should not!

paulman
paulman
January 11, 2012 6:25 am

Offer a 4 year — $30 Million Deal for DJax
Pay him a good Roster Bonus in the 1st Year to make up for some of underpayment during his rookie Deal
$4-$5 Million Bonus and about a $6-$6.5 Million per Year Salary

If he and his agent balk at offer, pull it off the table and do not waste a Franchise Ta on him, and then you may get stuck with him and have to pay $9.5 Million for an unhappy player who doesn’t want to be in Philly and would be a distraction.. Eagles should release him and move on without him.. as Dcar mentioned, there are lots of good WR avaialable in Free -Agency and there are some very promising WR’s coming out of the Draft.. Eagles can pick-up a let’s say WR Robert Meacheam and Draft a WR/Pubnt Returner in Joe Adams and be better off with 2 quality plyaears without all the baggage..(and be chepaer too..)