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DeSean Jackson holdout could be coming

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Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson is entering the final year of his rookie contract.  He has never held out, despite being grossly underpaid.

That may be changing.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Jackson is considering his options.  And one of those options would be not showing up for camp.

Quarterback Mike Vick suggested earlier today that trouble could be coming.  “Hopefully, he’ll be here tomorrow,” Vick told reporters, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make.”

(That’s dangerous ground for Vick to tread.  Several years ago, Packers quarterback Brett Favre strong-armed receiver Javon Walker into abandoning plans to hold out.  Walker tore an ACL in Week One, and he was never quite the same ever again.)

Like Titans running back Chris Johnson, Jackson deserves a new deal.  Unlike Johnson, holding out past late August will hurt Jackson’s shot at free agency.  Since DeSean is entering his fourth NFL season and since his rookie deal covers only four years, he needs to get credit for an accrued season in order to become eligible for unrestricted free agency in March.  Otherwise, he’ll be a restricted free agent, assuming he shows up by Week 10 to get credit for the final year of his contract.  (Yeah, it gets confusing.  It’s still better than talking about the lockout.)

Agent Drew Rosenhaus recently trumpeted the fact that he hasn’t had a client hold out of camp in years.  Even receiver Terrell Owens, who had an ugly spat with the Eagles six years ago, never actually held out.  It could all be changing now, as Rosenhaus tries to get Jackson a long-term deal without forcing the undersized player to make it through another NFL season.

And even if Jackson shows up for camp, don’t assume he will be a happy camper.  Last year, he reportedly was preoccupied with his contract to the point that it became a distraction for him.

If it becomes a distraction for the team, it could feel like 2005 all over again.

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45 Responses to “DeSean Jackson holdout could be coming”
  1. FinFan68 says: Jul 26, 2011 1:24 PM

    He deserves more money but not a huge deal like he expects

  2. flybirdsfly says: Jul 26, 2011 1:24 PM

    Philly, we need to pay this guy.

  3. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 26, 2011 1:27 PM

    He has absolutely zero leverage. He’s an amazing deep threat and end-around WR, but nothing else… not to mention he has the physique of an 8th grader. Maclin is by FAR the more complete WR of the two and will be an Eagle for another decade.

    If the Eagles are smart, they’ll let him hold out and sign a free agent WR to eventually replace him. Santonio Holmes would fit in Philly perfectly.

  4. bender4700 says: Jul 26, 2011 1:27 PM

    Of course.

    I remember him telling America how much he loves the team and his QB.

    Money does things to people. Especially people with no backbone, noticable intelect, or intergrity to begin with.

    Never have I seen a kid with so much talent be so incredibly stupid and selfish.

    Sad sad sad.

    If I could say one thing to Desean, it would be: “GET OVER YOURSELF! You are one knee injury away from being forgotten about”. Legends in humanity last for centuries. Great football players who can’t figure out it’s a team sport last for a season or 2. Ask T.O. how much fun it is being him. How many teams did he play for? How many teams did he kill? Again kid, you aren’t that special. You have to earn respect, just as much as you have to earn admiration.

  5. zeussuperman says: Jul 26, 2011 1:27 PM

    Eagles are way under the minimum spending limit. They’ll pay him.

  6. scoboscobs says: Jul 26, 2011 1:28 PM

    There goes the fantasy football debate between Jackson and Maclin.

  7. dcbassguy says: Jul 26, 2011 1:29 PM

    He’ll get paid, he just needs to keep his mind on football. The eagles were handcuffed last year because of the 30% rule. Get to camp, do your job, and don’t celebrate before you actually get in the end zone. I’m and Eagles fan and a Djax fan, but he needs to get to work.

  8. jacksaysfu says: Jul 26, 2011 1:30 PM

    Damn, i knew this was coming but i still say he shows and he will get paid.

  9. drmonkeyarmy says: Jul 26, 2011 1:32 PM

    I think they fact that he is “one knee injury away from being forgotten” as the guy said above is the reason he is holding out. He will be the 28th highest paid player for the team this year on his current contract…that isn’t right. Riley Cooper is slated to make more then him. The Eagles need to do the right thing and pay him.

  10. andyreidisfat says: Jul 26, 2011 1:33 PM

    Jackson makes Maclin good. Jackson has played on a deal well below his skills. The thing is Jackson should show the Eagles good faith. I think if he comes into camp once they get done making the signings they need to make they will reward him with a deal.

    Also anyone who thinks ALL jackson does is run deep routes is a moron and has no idea how football works. Jackson draws all types coverages and every team has to slide coverage to his side of the field. While i like Maclin and think he is a very good player, most of his success is because of Jackson leaving him with one on one coverage.

    There is no player like Jackson in the NFL period. And as far as his size ask Marvin Harrison how being that size is when trying to be an NFL reciver. Seem MArvin did quite well for him self at that size.

  11. goldeelox says: Jul 26, 2011 1:33 PM

    Maclin is a more complete receiver.

  12. gallaghedj311 says: Jul 26, 2011 1:34 PM

    I agree with zeussuperman. Don’t the eagles HAVE TO SPEND the money this year with the new CBA?

  13. skinsrock says: Jul 26, 2011 1:34 PM

    Eagles would be dumb to not pay him before the season. He’s finally in the last year of his deal & he has outplayed his contract.

  14. neilanblomi says: Jul 26, 2011 1:35 PM

    They didn’t give him the extension last year ,blamed the CBA situation, and Jackson didn’t rock the boat about it. Now that the CBA is resolved its time to ink a new deal or trade him if you want to go the cheap route. He has way out performed his rookie deal and current salary so do NOT F with him and the team. If you don’t realize he should be paid, trade him to a team that does.

  15. laeaglefan says: Jul 26, 2011 1:36 PM

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the Eagles let him sit out and sign another wide receiver. There will be plenty of them available.

  16. burgundyandgold says: Jul 26, 2011 1:36 PM

    MeSean is a punk. The Eagles would be idiots to pay him big money. The only reason he is “underpaid” as you say in the article is because character issues dropped him from the first round – THAT IS HIS FAULT. He is a one trick pony and as much as I loathe the Eagles and their moronic drunken fan base they would be wise (oxymoron when speaking of the Eagles, I know) to not give this clown big money.

  17. phillychzstk2012 says: Jul 26, 2011 1:36 PM

    PAY DA MAN!!

  18. axespray says: Jul 26, 2011 1:37 PM

    Miracle @ The Meadow lands pt 2…

    = MONEY!

  19. monk316 says: Jul 26, 2011 1:38 PM

    We’ve gone from “Let us play” to “No we won’t”.

  20. seahawkhuskyfan says: Jul 26, 2011 1:39 PM

    Why do they sign a 4 year deal if they don’t intend to keep their word by fulfilling it? I think the NFL needs to get together and decide if these guys hold out for a year they are done. Just nobody signs him. That would stop this from happening.

  21. pnut87 says: Jul 26, 2011 1:45 PM

    The only thing I think when I see this guy mentioned is how fast he 180’ed on McNabb. When he was on the team, Jackson was his best friend, When he was traded, Jackson was the first in line to throw him under a bus. On top of that, he’s just looks way too frail to play in the NFL. He’s lucky he’s fast enough to not get caught. As soon as he starts to slow down, he’s going to get awfully familiar with the medical staff.

  22. yem123 says: Jul 26, 2011 1:45 PM

    Dear Desean,

    You deserve 20 million a year and you know it. You won that Giants game at the end of last year and Philly owes you for this. In fact, it wouldn’t be crazy to ask the city of Philadelphia for tax money, you need to be respected man! Don’t put on that uniform until you get all that cash you deserve!

    Signed,
    N. York Giantsfan

  23. laeaglefan says: Jul 26, 2011 1:46 PM

    The look on Coughlin’s face last year was enough to make it worth paying DeSean his money.

  24. nfl fan says: Jul 26, 2011 1:55 PM

    but this was the year the eagles were going to win the SuperBowl :(

  25. thebuddha336 says: Jul 26, 2011 1:55 PM

    laeaglefan says: Jul 26, 2011 1:46 PM

    The look on Coughlin’s face last year was enough to make it worth paying DeSean his money.

    your comment is the best comment I have read in a very long time…

  26. giantjeff says: Jul 26, 2011 1:59 PM

    DeShizzle
    You da man – demand a hundred mil!

    Take a stand! Sit out till you get what you deserve!

  27. laeaglefan says: Jul 26, 2011 1:59 PM

    Jackson may have thrown McNabb under the bus after he was traded, but the Redskins threw McNabb under the bus while he was still their starting QB.

  28. zeussuperman says: Jul 26, 2011 2:05 PM

    burgundyandgold says: Jul 26, 2011 1:36 PM

    MeSean is a punk. The Eagles would be idiots to pay him big money. The only reason he is “underpaid” as you say in the article is because character issues dropped him from the first round – THAT IS HIS FAULT. He is a one trick pony and as much as I loathe the Eagles and their moronic drunken fan base they would be wise (oxymoron when speaking of the Eagles, I know) to not give this clown big money.

    —————–

    DeSean’s not that good, huh? Tell that to LaRon Landry! I’m sure he’s still trying to forget the first play on Monday Night Football, where D-Jax made him look like a fool and trotted backwards into the endzone.

  29. maddog111 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:07 PM

    seahawkhuskyfan says:
    Jul 26, 2011 1:39 PM
    Why do they sign a 4 year deal if they don’t intend to keep their word by fulfilling it? I think the NFL needs to get together and decide if these guys hold out for a year they are done. Just nobody signs him. That would stop this from happening.
    ———————————————–
    As soon as NFL contracts are guaranteed like those in other sports, I think we’ll all agree with you.

    Go ask Leonard Davis and Derek Mason if teems keep their word and intend to fulfill all of the contracts they sign players to.

  30. kenosando says: Jul 26, 2011 2:07 PM

    Will it really be the Eagle’s fault if they allow him to holdout? I am pretty sure it is the Giants punter’s fault one way or the other.

  31. kenosando says: Jul 26, 2011 2:12 PM

    @maddog11 – good point. One of the biggest draws to a contract is guaranteed money. NBA and MLB, you sign a $50 mil contract, you get $50 mil. The signing bonus in the NFL is all the team HAS to pay out to a player, and the team decides if they want to keep the player and give him the contracted money. DeSean wants more guaranteed money in a new deal, because, just like every other NFL player, their career can be cut short in a instant, and the team has no obligation to fulfill the contract after they pay out the signing bonus.

  32. rodgerthat says: Jul 26, 2011 2:16 PM

    47 Catches for 1056 yards is fairly blue collar stats, so grossly underpaid doesnt seem exactly fair. Rotoworld has this comment “Keeping D-Jax happy will cost the Eagles one of the richest contracts for a wide receiver in league history”. That I don’t get. He is a projected 3-5th round pick in most Fantasy drafts. That being said I have 2 comments:
    A) “one knee injury away from being forgotten” is a fact. And that is why he is pushing the payday. Not really built to last. i dont think its knee injury…its any injury.
    B)” The look on Coughlin’s face last year was enough to make it worth paying DeSean his money.” That is the best argument to pay the man that you could possibly make. That was by far thee most priceless moment of last season……and I am a packer fan!

  33. endzonezombie says: Jul 26, 2011 2:17 PM

    The focus is now back on the cheapskate owners trying to take advantage of players individually. Pay the man! It is widely acknowledged he is vastly underpaid. Why do teams always attempt to take advantage of situations unless they are dragged into court…

  34. djax10isthebomb says: Jul 26, 2011 2:24 PM

    The people who say that Desean sucks and doesn’t deserve the cash are just jealous he isn’t a receiver on their team. He’s a top ten talent in the NFL at the WR position, without a doubt. The Eagles will pay Jackson very soon, (along with Vick) he won’t have to hold out. Desean is one of the main reasons that the Eagles have had such a potent offense these last few years. Don’t let your hatred blind you, because you haters come off sounding like a flimsy fan that doesn’t know crap about football.

  35. eaglelover1 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:24 PM

    I believe Jackson needs a new contract just not the one HE thinks he deserves. His 65 receptions a year is not top 10 money. He is NOT a top 10 WR. What he is is a smaller version of Josh Cribbs. If he holds out trade him to the Browns for Cribbs and a 3rd rounder. When the Browns make him the #1 WR and he dosen’t produce like a #1 and the accolades stop comming his way I bet that holdout with the Eagles will be all he thinks of.

  36. laeaglefan says: Jul 26, 2011 2:26 PM

    Regarding NFL contracts and the fact that the team doesn’t have to pay out anything more than the signing bonus if it cuts the player………..

    Isn’t it interesting that this was never a point of contention in the new CBA? Obviously, both sides accepted that the way contracts are handled is part of the business. So, the way I see it, players have a right to hold out if they feel that they are being treated unfairly, and teams have a right to cut the player if they feel that he is not performing up to the level of his contract. If its good enough for the players and the owners, then who are we to argue with that?

  37. zeussuperman says: Jul 26, 2011 2:28 PM

    Also, I’m so worried that DeSean Jackson is only “one knee injury away from being forgotten”

    Because, as you know, the bigger a player gets the more muscle and cartilage they develop in their knee. If you put a helmet on the knee of an offensive lineman, you just bounce off because they’re just such big players!

    News flash, Medical Doctors of PFT: Knees are the same for everyone, and EVERY player in the NFL is “one knee injury away from being forgotten”

  38. steelcity09 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:47 PM

    GET YOUR ASS IN CAMP!

    YOU JUST HAD AN EXTENDED VACATION THIS YEAR ALREADY.

    THEY WILL PAY YOU. GET TO CAMP.

  39. djax10isthebomb says: Jul 26, 2011 2:52 PM

    “a smaller version of Josh Cribbs”…LMAO! :D Good one, that made my side hurt. Oh, were you being serious?

  40. cowboysfan18 says: Jul 26, 2011 3:11 PM

    47 receptions and 5-6 TDs. Yeah, the next Andre Johnson…that can’t go across the middle. Boom or bust WR. Be smart, don’t ask for too much.

  41. CKL says: Jul 26, 2011 3:17 PM

    “Quarterback Mike Vick suggested earlier today that trouble could be coming. “Hopefully, he’ll be here tomorrow,” Vick told reporters, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make.”

    (That’s dangerous ground for Vick to tread. Several years ago, Packers quarterback Brett Favre strong-armed receiver Javon Walker into abandoning plans to hold out. Walker tore an ACL in Week One, and he was never quite the same ever again.)”
    ________________________________
    I am far from a fan of Vick but how you extrapolated the very neutral comments of his from the article as strong arming a la what Favre did to Walker is beyond me. Favre flat out said that Walker was basically a POS for not reporting and honoring his contract (oh the irony). NOTHING REMOTELY LIKE THAT is in Vick’s comments.

  42. granadafan says: Jul 26, 2011 6:31 PM

    I’m laughing and shaking my head in pity at the fantasy football geeks who think DeSean is not as valuable to the Eagles in REAL football just because their geek stats don’t conform with reality.

    Newsflash: this is real football with real players, not some name on a stat sheet. He came back from a devastating illegal hit in the head and still produced. He drew double coverage most of the time leaving other receivers in one on one situations. He’s one of the most exciting deep threats in the league, which leaves the underside of the defenses soft when he runs long routes. His value on special teams cannot be measured by the fantasy football geek stats.

    Please, don’t embarass yourselves trying to evaluate a player’s worth just because some fantay football geek who never played the game or evaluated players says he’s no good.

  43. melonnhead says: Jul 26, 2011 8:13 PM

    Even receiver Terrell Owens, who had an ugly spat with the Eagles six years ago, never actually held out.

    —————————————————————–

    Nope, TO never did hold out. What he DID do, though, is feign injury and ride a bike and overall make a spectacle of himself when he signed with the Cowboys. Remember that? He missed 14 straight workouts with a tender hammy and tuna made him pedal a bike. At one point he took off his cowboys sweatshirt and revealed his Discovery Channel cycling team jersey. But no, he didn’t hold out and I’m sure that Rosenhaus had nothing to do with whatever it was that he did do.

  44. slick3 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:26 AM

    burgundyandgold says:Jul 26, 2011 1:36 PM

    MeSean is a punk. The Eagles would be idiots to pay him big money. The only reason he is “underpaid” as you say in the article is because character issues dropped him from the first round – THAT IS HIS FAULT. He is a one trick pony and as much as I loathe the Eagles and their moronic drunken fan base they would be wise (oxymoron when speaking of the Eagles, I know) to not give this clown big money.
    _________________________________
    Sure burgundyandgold. You’d love that after the scorching he gave y’all last year

  45. pacash80 says: Jul 27, 2011 4:51 AM

    Pay this man now! We need his explosiveness, and I don’t want another soap opera like in ’05. I don’t if DeSean would pull something like that, but I sure don’t want to find out…

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