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Unsettled contract likely at the heart of DeSean’s discontent

DeSean Jackson

Much has been said about the recent incident between Eagles coach Andy Reid and receiver DeSean Jackson.  Reid reportedly thought Jackson was too “loose” before Sunday’s loss to the Bears, and Reid opted to reportedly chew out Jackson in front of the rest of the team.  The tongue-lashing left Jackson reportedly “distraught.”

So what’s really going on here?  Jackson, who is at best 170 pounds with his cleats and pads on, has suffered concussions in each of the last two seasons, including a reportedly severe one on October 17.  He’s still operating under a slotted contract that pays him based on his second-round draft status, even though he’s one of the best receivers in the league.

Maybe, then, any actual or perceived lack of focus comes from mounting frustration regarding the team’s failure to provide him with the kind of financial security that may never come if he keeps suffering concussions.

Here’s video of DeSean trying to avoid becoming the next T.O., even though he seems to be heading in that direction.

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36 Responses to “Unsettled contract likely at the heart of DeSean’s discontent”
  1. laeaglefan says: Dec 1, 2010 11:09 AM

    They’d better get this damn CBA figured out already or there will be lots of confusion and discontentment among players and teams with new contracts being held up because nobody knows what the new rules are going to be.

  2. scorpiodsu says: Dec 1, 2010 11:12 AM

    Ummm yeah another thing the “media” wants to stir up to drive traffic to their site. Anyhow, any player should know or at least their agent, the easiest way to not get the money you want is to not play and practice like you are supposed to. And that’s pretty simple.

  3. Jack Burton says: Dec 1, 2010 11:14 AM

    I can’t wait for the NFL rookie pay scale to kick into effect.

  4. youboettcha says: Dec 1, 2010 11:15 AM

    He’s playing his cards perfectly. If he keeps acting like an explosion is coming, the check will come.

  5. tv426 says: Dec 1, 2010 11:21 AM

    Wow, a diva WR who thinks he is being “disrespected”?

    Now that IS shocking! yawn

  6. choosefit says: Dec 1, 2010 11:21 AM

    What about that video leads you to believe he’s going down the road to becoming T.O.?

    Nothing he said seemed fake at all or like he was being Diva-ish.

    He is a man that has probably heard countless questions over the week about getting chewed out by Andy Reid – who has always been known not to do that kind of stuff.

    Is it possible his ego was a little bruised? Sure! But, how many men could say there ego’s wouldn’t be bruised. As a man, you get up and go bigger. I’m just interested to see if he does that.

  7. myfinalword says: Dec 1, 2010 11:23 AM

    I don’t think thats the case at all. Why would he be too loose in pre-game warm-ups? Seems like a case of trying to generate a story that is non existent.

  8. camprobot says: Dec 1, 2010 11:27 AM

    Heading in the direction of TO? Based on what?
    Do you ever know wtf you’re even talking about?

  9. tombradyswig says: Dec 1, 2010 11:34 AM

    110 yds and 2 td’s this Thursday night!!

  10. tdurk34 says: Dec 1, 2010 11:37 AM

    So the player says there is no issue, the coach says there is no issue, leave to Florio to invent an issue. After all he knows all. So much for reproting the news, or should I say “inventing” the news.

    Once again your stupidity has reached an all new level!!

  11. hatetheeagles says: Dec 1, 2010 11:37 AM

    Even though I truly hate the eagles, I can’t but help to strongly disagree that Desean is heading down the same path as T.O., unless you are speaking statistically. Being in the Phila area, I have seen many interviews with Desean and he has always take the high road. he is truly an asset to the organization and the community.

  12. Spoonthis says: Dec 1, 2010 11:41 AM

    Hey Florio, I think you posted the wrong video. I didn’t hear anything negative and definitely not TO like. He wasn’t doing situps during the interview. TO is a cancer. I don’t see that from DeSean at all.

    And I don’t like the Eagles, they are from the wrong side of the state.

  13. philbirds says: Dec 1, 2010 11:42 AM

    Quit trying to take DeSean down. I believe what you are saying is correct, but the last sentence jab at him was unnecessary. TO was already paid trying to take down McNabb so he could be the Alpha Male. DeSean’s issue right now is that he playing like he is a hit away from losing $60 million dollars. It has nothing to do with relationship with the players and coaches. In a non-twitter world, what Andy said to him is considered ‘coaching’.

  14. pigskin28 says: Dec 1, 2010 11:50 AM

    No leverage, none. He’s small, very fast but small…He fits well in the Eagles offense and what they love to do, but may have a hard time in others.
    Also the same reasoning that moves him to crave a new deal works against him…His continued problem with concussions…And that in itself should frustrate him.

  15. stevo8drum says: Dec 1, 2010 11:53 AM

    lol…. sounded pretty perfect to me. You are reading into things. Stop reading philly media stuff…. they are bored. When T.O. came to town they brought in extra guys to cover the soap opera. Now those same guys are trying to save their jobs. Dont fall for it.. you are better than that.

    About Djack- He will get his… he’s not going anywhere…. he’s not T.O.

  16. chitown26 says: Dec 1, 2010 11:59 AM

    Florio, please don’t try to stir stuff up where it isn’t.

    Jackson clearly is saying the right things and in my mind had the absolute right reaction to what happened last week and I bet he comes out this week and lights it up.

    Please, when making posts like this, try not to use words like “maybe” and “perceived” because it makes it look like you’re just drumming stuff up because you need the articles.

    Move along, nothing to see here.

  17. FinFan68 says: Dec 1, 2010 12:01 PM

    Jackson is fast and agile but he is not one of the best receivers…he is one of the better fantasy guys. He is a playmaker when it comes to WR screens and deep balls but the best receivers do more. He is very exciting to watch but I’m not so sure he is the dependable guy on 3rd and 7.

  18. indyeagle says: Dec 1, 2010 12:07 PM

    C’mon Man! Why are you going after Desean when all he has done is keep his mouth shut and play ball?

    He even said in the interview that this has absolutely nothing to do with his contract and multiple players have been quoted as saying that Reid didn’t call out any individual players when addressing the team.

    I love your site, but please quit trying to become the “National Enquirer Football Edition”.

  19. cobrala says: Dec 1, 2010 12:08 PM

    As much as I fear DeSean having a bad attitude that video clip is so far from being T.O. material this is unusually-weak material, Florio. That’s just cheap right there.

    That said I think it’s interesting – and commendable – that DeSean recognizes with all the Eagles fans that settling for FGs (which has been the hallmark of every especially-frustrating loss of this season) is unacceptable.

    Reid said postgame he was thoroughly outcoached (which was evident on the very first possession) but his rationalization of “just wanting points” is acceptable and reasonable only in his mind, nobody else’s.

  20. selgaeinla says: Dec 1, 2010 12:15 PM

    D-Jack is a magician. Every time the Eagles play the Cowboys, he disappears. I see no reason why this guy should get a top of the market contract. He’s not durable enough to last in the league.

  21. packeranddarien says: Dec 1, 2010 12:16 PM

    Mike (and anyone else that just doesn’t GET it),

    He can be a malcontent all he wants. I’m not the biggest Andy Reid fan, however, if he felt the need to undress a player in front of his teammates, I highly doubt that it was done foolishly.

    I have a simple question: Why would the Eagles want to pay a one dimensional, petulant, immature 170lb WR a salary (including signing bonuses) equal to or exceeding players like Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Roddy White or Miles Austin for that matter? All of those players are much more of a physical presence and possess equal the explosiveness of Jackson. Desean isn’t in the caliber of ANY of those players. He’s a one trick pony who vanishes in games where the defense has strict directives of not to allow the deep ball.

    Seriously, if he’s not getting open downfield, what is his role? Trick play reverses? And you want to commit a minimum of 7M a year for that?

    Quick question: Who leads the team in receptions and tds? Just checking……

  22. selgaeinla says: Dec 1, 2010 12:26 PM

    @packeranddarien, EXCELLENT post.

  23. smootysmoot says: Dec 1, 2010 12:52 PM

    Jackson is a Punk. Can’t wait till he is out of Football

  24. stayclassyflorio says: Dec 1, 2010 12:55 PM

    What on earth are you basing the assertion that Jackson is on his way to becoming another T.O. from that video? He answered all the questions as professionally as possible and did not seem at all disengenious. Traffic must be going down on this site since Schefter and Glazer took all your scoops. Isn’t it ironic that your the real life culmination of the guys you deride for hits all day? A sports blogging diva who will do anything for attention. Stay Classy Florio.

  25. stayclassyflorio says: Dec 1, 2010 1:00 PM

    @packeranddarien Point out a single example of your inclination that Jackson is petulant and immature. Based on what? Being distraught after a loss? Florio draws first blood by tarring the man’s character with no basis, and sheep like you follow. PFT at its finest.

  26. choosefit says: Dec 1, 2010 1:12 PM

    @packeranddarien, EXCELLENT post.

    I second that.

  27. selgaeinla says: Dec 1, 2010 2:06 PM

    @stayclassy, I consider running backwards into the end zone taunting. He fumbled the ball on a pre-mature TD celebration. He is growing up, but he’s a frail little punk not worthy a top WR contract.

  28. hatetheeagles says: Dec 1, 2010 2:14 PM

    @packeranddarien, Good post, but I do not see where everyone is saying to pay him the value of these other elite WRs. He may ask for it and will potentially be franchised. I believe that is something like the avearge of the top 5 at his position. I do not think he deserves top 5. Top 15 probably. The fact of the matter is that in his “breakout season” he only had approx mid 60s in catches. He is explosive and makes Maclin, Celek and the rest of the Eagles better.

  29. mcarey032 says: Dec 1, 2010 2:19 PM

    WOW! Talk about Yellow journalism. I hate the eagles and Jackson for that matter and I have to say that based on the clip that there was nothing in there to say that Desean Jackson is going down the path of TO.

    Difference #1
    They asked Jackson about the incident and said that it was between he and the team. (What professional wouldn’t answer that way)

    Difference #2
    Press asked him questions at his locker after a game/practice and not at his house doing sit ups.
    He didn’t call for the media attention.

    Difference #3
    Desean Jackson’s demeanor was not petulant like TO. He wasn’t there saying no comment and acting like some spoiled brat who had been kicked out of school or in TO’s case practice.

    Difference #4
    Desean Jackson just merely pointed out that the offense couldn’t settle for just field goals in the red zone. TO would have thrown Donovan, Jeff, or Carson under the bus faster than Desean Jackson could for a 50 yard TD. Desean Jackson didn’t throw Michael Vick or Andy Reid under the bus for what happened.

    Basically there was nothing in that clip or even anything out there in the media to suggest that Desean Jackson is being a malcontent. Just plain ridiculous.

  30. fellorio says: Dec 1, 2010 2:20 PM

    Much has been said about the recent incident between Eagles coach Andy Reid and receiver DeSean Jackson.
    ———————————————————-

    Do you have any factual knowledge re: this so called “incident”?

    I didn’t think so.

  31. profootballwalk says: Dec 1, 2010 2:39 PM

    So won’t a rookie pay scale just create disgrunted second-third year former first rounders? You’ll get guys demanding to be re-upped big-time in their second year. I see hold-outs and lay-downs coming soon.

  32. tdurk34 says: Dec 1, 2010 2:39 PM

    @selgaeinla
    Fumble on premature TD celebration, game 2 maybe 3 of his career. Back peddling into the end zone tuanting? Consider the situation. Landry threathened to put him “back to sleep” pre-game. He burns him first play of the game for a huge TD, I am thankful all he did was back peddle into the endzone, I would have done more. Keep digging I am sure there is something he did in middle school that can justify your remarks.

  33. gambleonsports says: Dec 1, 2010 2:53 PM

    Packeranddarien, saying he shouldn’t be getting pretty good money for what he does is ridiculous.

    I wouldn’t consider him a one-trick pony, considering he is one of the best punt returners in the league. And to say that those other receivers are as explosive as him is false. He is arguably the fastest player in the league, and none of those receivers you listed are the reason that I said arguably (mmmaaaybe calvin).

    Also, you listed arguably the top 4 receivers (Miles Austin is not top-5, sorry) in the league, so you are making an assumption that he wants to be paid like one of the best in the game. Really, I think he just wants to be paid better than he currently is, and he deserves to be. His contract is only for $3 million over a four-year period because he wasn’t drafted until the second round. Last year, Maclin made more in his first year of his contract than DeSean made in his third. I think that 2200+ yards from scrimmage in his first two years to go along with 16 total touchdowns make him worthy of a bigger paycheque.

    Every time DeSean is on the field, half of the secondary has to account for him, helping to open up the field for other receivers. Sure, he is mainly a deep threat, but I recall another receiver who is known best for spreading the field and he is going to go down as one of the all time greats.

    Also, Florio, this is a useless article. Quit trying to stir stuff up.

  34. hanspard says: Dec 1, 2010 2:56 PM

    This headline by Florio is so bad it moved me to register just so I could comment. There have been maturity flags on Jackson since he was at Cal, but this story is a complete hitjob.

    Do you have a source or ANY knowledge that this is contract related? Anything? Your just throwing crap against the wall and seeing if it sticks.

    Years ago this site was AWESOME…..I loved it. But since it got some notoriety, the focus of the site is about advancing Florio’s profile, not news and rumors. You are injecting yourself into more and more stories (Channing Crowder?).

    You’re trying to have it both ways. You have never been a journalist, and have never played a pro sport…but I’ll be damned if you aren’t trying to be the voice on all these issues and be an “expert”.

    You want to be a rumor guy, and not have the accountability of a journalism guy….until you want to have the integrity of a journalism guy, and be thought of more highly than a rumor guy.

    It’s a shame, becuase this site used to be great at what it did, but it’s turning into the Glenn Beck of pro football.

  35. nygiantstones says: Dec 2, 2010 9:06 PM

    Don’t like Jackson but I completely get the move and I’m with him on this one. The guy is talented, why should he risk his career if he hasn’t gotten paid yet? The NFL has indirectly endorsed his stance if you look at the way they are now fining players for what amounts to hurting other players on the field. Its not like the guy hasn’t suffered the exact injury the NFL is trying to remove. Jackson deserves to get paid for his talent and if the Eagles are stalling in negotiations, then I think he should ask them not to put him into situations where his risk for concussion is increased.

  36. packeranddarien says: Dec 3, 2010 6:48 AM

    Packeranddarien, saying he shouldn’t be getting pretty good money for what he does is ridiculous.

    What do you define as ‘good money’? Scratch that.

    What you or I define as ‘good money’, is immaterial. The only parties that makes that decision are the Eagles and Jackson. And EVERY indication points to a canyon-sized gap on that issue between the two entities. Does he deserve a pay raise? Absolutely. Does he deserve a multi-year deal virtually identical (or more?) than any of the BETTER players that I listed? Absolutely not.

    I wouldn’t consider him a one-trick pony, considering he is one of the best punt returners in the league.

    Really? Then why is his punt return average down considerably from last year? (And before you use his concussion as a crutch, less returns would make for a higher avg. per return to begin with. )

    Btw, any touchdowns? Just checking.

    How did you like the Jackson “camp” ( Rosenhaus is too gutless to take credit for this one) to have the gall to ask the organization to ..decrease…(yes…) hi s punt returns and ( wait for it…) shallow crossing patterns before he is “justly compensated”.

    Now THAT sounds like a team player to me! I’m just amazed he got that all within 120 characters.

    And to say that those other receivers are as explosive as him is false.

    Is that right?

    Let’s look closer, shall we, Corky?

    From 2002 (which would include all of the top WR that I mentioned) till now, I researched their production in their first 3 seasons. This is Jackson’s rank among those players:

    TDS- 13th. (16)
    RECEPTIONS – 17th (160) He was ranked 24th among active players, but this included TE and RB so they were excluded.
    YARDS- 10th ( 2757)

    Excluding Austin and White, ALL of the other players were ranked higher than Jackson and 2 players (C.Johnson and Fitz) almost DOUBLED his reception total.

    Austin didn’t start his first game until his 4th year (after TO’s departure), and yet had better numbers than Jackson across the board (81, 1320, 11 tds) as his first year as a starter.

    White was obviously underused in Atlanta when Vick 1.0 wasn’t the refined and re-progammed QB he is now. His numbers after his first three years reflect that greatly and he’s about to best ALL of his numbers from last season after only 10 games THIS season.

    He is arguably the fastest player in the league, and none of those receivers you listed are the reason that I said arguably (mmmaaaybe calvin).

    Also, you listed arguably the top 4 receivers (Miles Austin is not top-5, sorry) in the league, so you are making an assumption that he wants to be paid like one of the best in the game.

    In terms of salary, Austin is…..and since this is all about money, don’t you think that the both camps would use the production of the other WR in the league to further their own cause? You’re foolish (shocker!) if you think otherwise.

    Really, I think he just wants to be paid better than he currently is, and he deserves to be.

    So that means shunning doing his “collateral” duties under his PRESENT contract, just because his salary is slotted lower? Maybe he should have thought about what his draft status was going to be instead of getting the reputation of a uncoachable malcontent when he was at Cal. MAYBE he wouldn’t have been drafted in the 2nd round and would have a deal akin to his starting mate in Maclin. Ya think? Nah.

    His contract is only for $3 million over a four-year period because he wasn’t drafted until the second round. Last year, Maclin made more in his first year of his contract than DeSean made in his third.

    And who is leading the team in receptions and TDS among their WR ? Does he deserve a new deal? And see above about his draft status.

    I think that 2200+ yards from scrimmage in his first two years to go along with 16 total touchdowns make him worthy of a bigger paycheque.

    Every time DeSean is on the field, half of the secondary has to account for him, helping to open up the field for other receivers. Sure, he is mainly a deep threat, but I recall another receiver who is known best for spreading the field and he is going to go down as one of the all time greats.

    Was that WR (being generous here) 5’10 and 175lbs. who refused to go on crossing routes and handle punts because his contract didn’t reflect what HE thought he should be paid? Didn’t think so. Keep trying.

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