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Eagles can't extend Jackson until next year

Lost amid the hand wringing in Philly regarding the decision of second-year receiver DeSean Jackson to hire agent Drew Rosenhaus is that the Eagle couldn’t use any of their remaining 2009 salary cap bulge on Jackson, even if they wanted to.

As Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News points out, players can’t sign new contracts until they’ve got two seasons under their belts.

That said, the process of negotiating a long-term deal can commence now, with pen eventually being put to paper in March 2010.  The Eagles have done it before, locking up over the long haul young players like Shawn Andrews and Mike Patterson. 

The difference this time around is that the young player in question has shown more than high-end potential and middle-of-the-pack performance — he has become one of the best young receivers in the league, and he’ll want something much closer to market value than what other young Eagles players have been paid on multi-year contracts about which many of them have gone on to complain.

How it unfolds remains to be seen.  For now, Jackson isn’t doing driveway shirtless sit-ups, and Rosenhaus has yet to break out his trademark line.

“I’m not talking about anything today,” Jackson said earlier this week, according to Bowen.  “I’m focusing on football.”

But if he were truly focusing on football, he wouldn’t have been thinking about changing agents in the middle of, you know, football season.

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24 Responses to “Eagles can't extend Jackson until next year”
  1. Hooby says: Nov 13, 2009 7:12 AM

    i appreciate what football players do and how hard (most) of them work, but honestly they are collectively one of the greediest groups of people in the world, besides the MLB. if the eagles have a problem because desean jackson wants an extra 5 million added on to the 10 million, he wont be here anymore.
    and that doesnt bode well for us.

  2. davemateus says: Nov 13, 2009 7:42 AM

    desean jackson is not even as good as ronnie mundt

  3. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Nov 13, 2009 8:05 AM

    But if he were truly focusing on football, he wouldn’t have been thinking about changing agents in the middle of, you know, football season.
    =======================================
    Sounds like a backhanded slap at Jackson, Florio. You state how he’s turning into some premier young talent, and then talk as if he’s becoming a greedy kid. Which is it? If the man is really different in his level of production, as you stated 3 paragraphs above, then isn’t the only diligent thing for him to do is get the best representation there is? It seems to me that Drew is the best agent available, at least as far as name recognition goes. Give this kid a break. If his production were to slip because of this “focus” he is putting on money, then talk some smack. Otherwise, let the kid live.

  4. chapnasty says: Nov 13, 2009 8:18 AM

    I can hear McNabb calling the front office now complaining that another WR might steal the show from him. Jackson is a great WR and is matruing well, get the hell out of the butt hole of the country Philadephia and go to a good team with respectable fans. I hear the Dolphins need a #1.

  5. Outsyder says: Nov 13, 2009 8:20 AM

    Florio, I wrote this in your comments on the first post about him changing agents. I guess I beat Bowen to it.

  6. ShruggingGalt says: Nov 13, 2009 8:40 AM

    Actually, I like this one better:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHoq7xJGWro

  7. Krow says: Nov 13, 2009 8:49 AM

    Rosenhaus and a wide receiver… you know it’s not going to end well.

  8. parasonic says: Nov 13, 2009 8:50 AM

    This is so ridiculous. If a rookie feels that they are going to be a top performance player at their position then they should have a set salary based on draft position with reasonable escalators if they get there. This restructuring after 2 years has to go. Teams should just start offering 2 year contracts only and then players will get it. You can’t have it both ways: sign a long term deal with guaranteed money and THEN 1/3 of the way into it you feel you aren’t being paid what your worth. Your fault. You signed.

  9. VoxVeritas says: Nov 13, 2009 8:57 AM

    “The Eagles have done it before, locking up over the long haul young players like Shawn Andrews and Mike Patterson. ”
    And everybody knows how great those guys are.

  10. Brian says: Nov 13, 2009 9:15 AM

    Why don’t they use their cap money to extend a player who’s been pivotal and unhappy with his contract…. sheldon brown? Give the man money, he’s shut up and played the year and way overperformed.

  11. birdmancometh says: Nov 13, 2009 9:30 AM

    Pay the man.

  12. sdffa11 says: Nov 13, 2009 9:39 AM

    while fans usually agree players should wait for an extension until they near the end of the deal, exceptions need to be made for exceptional players like the eagles did with brian westbrook. i guarantee the fan base will riot the front office if they don’t extend desean jackson when he contract is up.

  13. jpk6044 says: Nov 13, 2009 9:42 AM

    Love how people talk about athletes being greedy. Regardless of how you make your money, you want to be as well-paid as possible and you definitely want to be paid as much or more than your peers. Also, by the time these guys hit 50, their bodies are wrecked. It’s a big sacrifice. They should try to get every dollar they can get. Now, you want to talk about greed? Billionaires selling PSLs and making you subscribe to the NFL Network to watch certain games – that’s greedy!

  14. stiller43 says: Nov 13, 2009 9:48 AM

    This is going to be another Eagle that gets a big contract extension real young into his career. Then 4 years from now, it’s a relatively comparatively low salary with lots of years left. Then Jackson starts complaining for a new contract with no leverage…don’t the young Eagles ever learn the way it goes?

  15. dave519 says: Nov 13, 2009 9:51 AM

    Is this guy serious, I mean you just got hired by the kid and already beggin

  16. birdmancometh says: Nov 13, 2009 10:14 AM

    Thats pretty well said jpk6044. They have every right to get as much money as they can. The best players only play the game for 15 years and then retire. Then what? That money needs to last.
    Sure they make more in 15 years than most of us will in 50, but we’ve seen time and time again ex players going bankrupt. They need to make what they can now and find someone they can trust to handle their money.
    Give them a break and enjoy the show they are putting on…well not you folks in Cleveland.

  17. smilergrogan says: Nov 13, 2009 10:58 AM

    mike: somewhat disingenuous in the last part. anyone can focus on football and still recognize the need for strong representation. this will be his big, make the family secure forever deal (assuming he isn’t injured before). and the eagles and rosenhaus still do deals, t.o. notwithstanding.
    i’m sure you were able to focus on this site and still recognize the need to take the missus out for your anniversary, etc.. even, like in the football season.
    this kid has done nothing to generate anything but good press thus far, so don’t rush to make him the bad guy.

  18. quinny29 says: Nov 13, 2009 11:01 AM

    did someone say the dolphins have good fans? They dont even sellout i can remember a monday night game in 03 against the eagles when their was more eagles fans than dolphin fans in Miami. Now who has the better fans?

  19. Kevin from Philly says: Nov 13, 2009 11:16 AM

    Jesus, you guys are idiots. The guy changes agents. His only comment is that he’s concentrating on football. Yet all the comments sound like he was demanding a new contract this f-ing minute?

  20. chunky soupy sales says: Nov 13, 2009 11:24 AM

    I just want to see the first player request a pay cut for UNDER preforming.

  21. ocelots138 says: Nov 13, 2009 2:36 PM

    # chapnasty says: November 13, 2009 8:18 AM
    I can hear McNabb calling the front office now complaining that another WR might steal the show from him. Jackson is a great WR and is matruing well, get the hell out of the butt hole of the country Philadephia and go to a good team with respectable fans. I hear the Dolphins need a #1.
    ——————
    Says the Dallas fan. Dallas, home of the biggest group of sisterf–king incest babies on the planet.

  22. ocelots138 says: Nov 13, 2009 2:38 PM

    # chunky soupy sales says: November 13, 2009 11:24 AM
    I just want to see the first player request a pay cut for UNDER preforming.
    —————
    Hear, hear. You should have contract de-escalators. Drop a pass? Docked pay. Sloppy routes in a game? Docked pay.

  23. McBleezy says: Nov 13, 2009 3:27 PM

    DeSean who?
    20-16

  24. Route36West says: Nov 13, 2009 5:28 PM

    Well we all know how slimey rosenhous can be. We know he isnt really worried about if things are in the best interest of his client when it comes to them actually performing on the field or he wouldnt let them make fools of themselves in public. So I believe it wasnt actually Desean who intiated contact with him. Drew probaly has been contacting Jackson trying to get him to come sign with him. Drew probaly got in his ear and told him a bunch of things he could do for him not just in football but in endorsments and things like that. We know Desean is a flashy guy and doesnt hesitaite to show it so Drew probaly fed into that. So I dont think Desean was thinking about it to start but Drew probaly got into his head which is kinda of scary. So I really dont have a problem with him switching mid season b/c Desean has proved that he wants to be the best and works hard. Also since the T.O. drama both the Eagles and Drew have said they have had no problems getting deals done. As long as they keep it that way I have no problem with him.
    Basically all Im saying is yes Desean obviously was thinking about something other then football but I feel it wasnt his doing to start. There is not an NFL player who is thinking just about football there is always things going on in there lives. As long as he continues to show his dedication I dont have a problem with it.

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