Eagles president Joe Banner appeared on Monday’s edition of PFT Live, and one of the obvious topic was the status of holdout wideout DeSean Jackson.
Regarding a report from 6abc.com in Philly that Jackson will end his holdout on Monday or Tuesday (and that was the report, in the event they try to wiggle out of it on Wednesday), Banner said he’s not heard the holdout will be ending.
“I’ve heard nothing from the conversations other than to anticipate his not being here to continue,” Banner said.
Banner also expressed a belief that it’s in Jackson’s short-term and long-term interests and the team’s short-term and long-term interests for Jackson to show up, explaining that players who want to be rewarded with new contracts usually get them by not staying away.
As to the critical date on which Jackson would have to show up or lost a year of credit toward free agency, Banner explained the lack of a clear answer between the two possibilities — August 9 and 23 days after the start of the 2011 League Year, which tentatively will begin on August 4.
“I think you don’t have clarity because there isn’t clarity,” Banner said. “I think that the union has one answer, the league has one answer, and I think it’s on the list of things that are being discussed now that the union has recertified, and I think that we’ll all know fairly soon.”
Regardless of whether Jackson shows up sooner or later, look for him to appear no later than the last day for saving that year of service toward free agency.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!