Last Sunday, several reports emerged regarding the holdout of Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson. One report, from 6abc.com, said that Jackson would show up on Monday or Tuesday. Another, from our enemy-turned-friend Howard Eskin of WIP and NBC 10, indicated that Jackson would arrive at some point in the coming week.
We reported that Jackson had no intention of showing up on Monday or Tuesday, and we generally had no reason to believe Jackson would show up before the deadline for doing so in order to get his fourth year of credit toward free agency. And, as of Saturday, Jackson hasn’t shown up.
With the NFL and the NFLPA now pegging that deadline at August 9, Eskin reports that Jackson definitely will show up on Monday, August 8. Eskin is unequivocal, explaining that Jackson will “absolutely, positively” report.
Eagles president Joe Banner recently told PFT Live that it would be in Jackson’s best short-term and long-term interests to report. And it’s likely that negotiations would then commence on a long-term deal, especially after the team gave so much money to so many new players — and in light of the ongoing talks with quarterback Mike Vick regarding an extension of a one-year contract that already will pay him nearly $27 for every $1 Jackson will earn under his fourth-year minimum salary of $600,000.
Of course, an extension to Vick’s contract likely would be needed to create cap space, by reducing Vick’s $16 million cap number. And with Vick looking at $16 million this year and a franchise tag number of $19.2 million in 2012, that’s $35 million over two years that Vick will want, just for starters.
Either way, with or without a contract, there’s no reason to believe Jackson won’t be coming back on Monday. What happens next remains to be seen.