• December 2, 2022

The Eagles Have Options With DeSean Jackson, But Will They Make The Right One

The Eagles have several areas that need to be addressed before the start of next season. Most of those areas lie on the defensive side of the ball. The linebacker position and a secondary that doesn’t seem to enjoy contact, which may be a bit crowded at the corner position.
Granted the Eagles defense seemed to gel together towards the end of the season and will have a full offseason to work together with 2nd year defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. They could have a great defensive unit if they take care of some holes, specifically the MLB position.  In the meantime, there is one lingering decision Eagles fans are waiting for regarding the offense. DeSean Jackson; Will he or won’t he be an Eagle next year?
The Birds are expected to franchise DeSean Jackson sometime in the next couple of weeks at around $9.4 for 2012. What happens next is anyone’s guess. If the Eagles do put the franchise tag on Jackson, they can keep him or trade him. Instead of putting the franchise tag on him, they could come up with a contract extension agreement or simply cut ties with the diminutive receiver all together and let him walk. I highly doubt the Eagles would be willing to simply let a player like DJax go without anything in return so let’s look at the other options:
Give him a new contract:
The man wants to get paid, everyone knows that. The problem is, what is he worth? We know Jackson and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have made it clear they believe he is one of the top wide receivers in the league and should have one of the top wide receiver salaries. I could see Jackson having a big year after getting paid and I know his speed strikes fear into any defense but I just don’t know if I see him as one of the TOP wideouts in the league.
He is a small guy and one big hit could end his season in a heartbeat, not to mention he already suffered a concussion last season.  Desean held out last year when he didn’t receive a big contract, only to return several days later. Chris Johnson from the Titans had better luck by not coming back from his holdout until he became the highest paid RB in the league.
Unfortunately for the Titans, Johnson did not have a highest paid kind of season last year. Matt Forte went the opposite direction of Johnson and Jackson, having an outstanding year while not making his contract an issue, although he had a season ending injury as well. It’s impossible to predict what could happen to a player as far as injury in concerned. On any given day, whether during practice or a game something could go wrong and a team could lose their multi-million dollar investment in the blink of an eye. This is why coming to a happy medium with Desean’s contract could be tricky.
Franchise tag and trade him
There may not be many players with the speed of Jackson but that does not mean there are no options to replace him either. The Chargers could franchise their star wideout, Vincent Jackson, but with the rocky relationship between the player and the team over the past few years, I don’t see it happening. A guy with his size could be a big improvement for the Eagles who have lacked a tall red zone receiver for years. With Vick’s arm and Jackson’s ability to go up and bring the ball down, the combo could be dangerous.
A couple other possibilities at the WR position would be Marques Colston from the Saints who pulled in over 1,000 yards last season with 8 TD’s or speedster Mike Wallace from the Steelers who had similar numbers to Colston with 1193 yards and 8 TD’s last season.
Franchise tag and keep him
Jackson acknowledged at the end of the Eagles disappointing 8-8 season that his contract issues affected him this past season. He also said that he would be fine with getting the franchise tag if that’s the direction the Eagles decided to go. Although I believe Jackson would be content with making around $9.4 million this year, it would be a risk for the Eagles to have him out on the field if he’s not happy with his contract again.
I think the Eagles would be better off with a guy that has less talent but more heart than a guy that has talent but isn’t willing to leave it all out on the field. Just as the high risk, there could be high reward in having Jackson back this season. The amount he makes from the franchise tag could be enough for him to be happy and at the same time want to prove he deserves that big contract down the road.
There is also nothing keeping the Eagles from drafting a big wide receiver like an Alshon Jeffery out of South Carolina, if they can address their LB needs in free agency. Plaxico Burress has also made it clear that he wants to join the Eagles and would be a nice redzone receiver.
The Eagles are facing some tough decisions on the topic of what to do with Jackson being just one of them. What happens with players from other teams regarding the franchise trade or contract negotiations could certainly impact the Eagles decision on Desean to a certain degree. Philadelphia will know the fate of their star wide receiver any day now, but in the meantime I think most fans will agree, STAY AWAY FROM RANDY MOSS!

Chris Borne

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Rocko
Rocko
February 27, 2012 6:01 pm

The best thing the front office should do is sign him to a long term contract to keep this high powered offense rolling.

Rocko
Rocko
February 27, 2012 6:01 pm

The best thing the front office should do is sign him to a long term contract to keep this high powered offense rolling.

BirdoBeamen
BirdoBeamen
February 27, 2012 6:06 pm

The front office is not going to sign a malcontent to a long term deal. Get over it. He’s as good as gone. The only question is what are we going to get back for him, if anything.

paulman
paulman
February 27, 2012 6:20 pm

Eagles have until next Monday 3/5 to apply the Franchise tag or not on D-JAx or any other player…
I believer this is an Offer coming and probably a 3 Year $20-$25 Million Range with Bonue money and a $6-$7 Million Range Salary per Season and willgive D-jax until Sunday 3/4 to accept, If he and Agent Rosenhaus decline, then he will be a goner and will not be Franchised.. The Eagles are not going to pay above whet they feel will be a good fair offer, it goes against everything they do… hy would they risk having to spend $9.4 MIllion for 2012 when a t player rejected their offer, and would only end up losing D-Jax after 2012 anyways.. If no deal is struck within the next week, then he’s a goner, no doubt about it and to be honest, I hope he goes but If I know one thing about how these Eagles Front Office Operate, it’s that one player will never hold this Franchise hostage, Not TO, not Lito Sheppard, nor Michael Lewis, Corey Simon,Jeremiah Trotter,Sheldon Brown,Guard John Welbourne (if you remeber him) Shawn Andrews, Brian DAwkins, and D-Jax will not be the 1st one either… It’s the way it is

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
February 27, 2012 7:00 pm

To Jeff, Joe and Howie:
— Drew Rosenhaus is laughing at you – after he whoops you on the DJax negotiations remove his foot from your rear because he is ready to talk about making LeSean McCoy the Highest paid RB in the NFL

Butch007
Butch007
February 28, 2012 12:28 pm

The better idea is to set DeSean Jackson up for 4 years at $7M per year with $12M up front. (a-la – the wasted Kevin Kolb contract)

Then try to trade Maclin and a conditional 4th or 5th to the Chargers for Vincent Jackson hopefully giving him a incentive laced contract (strongly incentivized against DUI offenses and other potential off field transgressions.) At that point the Eagles should have enough money left to get a veteran LB. A restructure or release of Assante Samuel and an Avant trade for a pick wouldn’t be out of the question in my book either.

paulman
paulman
February 28, 2012 12:46 pm

Never going to happen Butch
Coach AR does not Value the WR Positoin enough to 2 Pay Players Top $$$ to both D_JAx/V-Jax… never in a million years..
Thinking the Cahargers would except Maclin and a 4th or 5th Pick for one of the Top 5 WR’s is crazy talk to begin with…. C’mon Butch.. Man Up…

DCar
DCar
February 28, 2012 7:10 pm

They are NOT in anyway possible, going to pay top $$$ for 2 WR! This isn’t a Madden video game. VJax is a FA, all you have to do is sign him! You can’t trade for him unless he is franchised. That ain’t going to happen! Because of his prior contract & the new CBA, he would be guaranteed $20M. That’s why it is highly unlikely that the Chargers franchise him. Do some reseach before you make up trade scenarios Butch. Nice try though.