When Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson hired agent Drew Rosenhaus during the 2009 season, everyone knew it was coming.
And here it is.
Derrick Gunn of CSNPhilly.com reports that Rosenhaus plans to approach the team regarding a new contract for Jackson, who just completed his second NFL season.
For Eagles fans, the news surely brings back bad memories of 2005, when Rosenhaus tried on behalf of Terrell Owens to get the team to rip up a one-year-old deal.
So what happened? Next question.
But there’s a difference. Jackson has become one of the best young wideouts in the game, and he’s a dangerous return specialist. Also, he’s working under the terms of a slotted second-round contract. Given the team’s past willingness to lock up certain players to long-term deals early in their careers as a hedge against them becoming future stars (e.g., Shawn Andrews), the Eagles should be willing to do the same thing for a young player who already has become a star.
Then there’s the reality that, once the salary cap goes away in March, plenty of guys still under contract will be looking for adjustments to contracts negotiated under the assumption that a spending limit always would be in place.
So, in other words, pay the man.