The DeSean Jackson holdout continues.
On Sunday, the folks at 6abc.com reported that Jackson would cave in and show up on Monday or Tuesday. (The text version of report has since been massaged to “no later than Wednesday.” The video version still says “Monday or Tuesday.”)
We reported in response that DeSean had no intention to report on Monday or Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Howard Eskin of WIP and NBC 10 separately reported that Jackson’s holdout will end at some point this week.
Though we have no specific information about Jackson’s intentions for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (if Sunday technically constitutes part of “this week”), it’s now Tuesday afternoon and there’s no sign of DeSean.
Despite those $30,000 daily fines, which eventually will exceed his base salary for 2011, the team’s primary leverage comes from the deadline for reporting to camp while under contract in order to earn a year of credit toward free agency. But it’s still unknown whether that deadline falls on August 9 or 23 days after the start of the new League Year, which is scheduled to start on August 4.
Whenever that deadline falls is when DeSean will most likely show up. It’s not out of the question that he’d return before that date, especially if the Eagles find a way to let him save a little face.
That said, one league source with no connection to the situation has opined privately to PFT that Jackson should take his holdout into the season. With the Eagles going “all in” and with team president Joe Banner saying that the expectation is to win a Super Bowl, the Eagles could be inclined to take care of Jackson if/when the Eagles conclude that the Dream Team could be missing the guy who is singlehandedly capable of delivering a knockout blow.