Once thought of as a potential top-15 pick in the NFL Draft, DeSean Jackson’s stock slipped in 2008 because of his size and potentially “character” concerns.
The Eagles got an outstanding value by taking him with the No. 49 overall pick, and it looks like Jackson is already thinking about his next contract.
Jackson may already be one of the elite big play threats in the league, but he’s under contract for 2010 and 2011 for just over $1 million combined. The Eagles have signed players on rookie contracts very quickly before — like Sheldon Brown and Lito Sheppard — but those deals were team-friendly long term contracts and eventually upset both players.
If Jackson wants to be paid now for his production without giving some long-term earning potential, he’ll probably have to wait until he gets closer to free agency, like everyone else.