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DeSean Jackson in danger of losing locker room

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It’s not a great year for guys who want new contracts.

In Cleveland, running back Peyton Hillis has lost the locker room via behavior that has created a sense that he’s erratic and unpredictable.  Now, Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson faces the same fate in Philly.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, some teammates have became frustrated with Jackson’s attitude, even before he missed a meeting and drew a deactivation from coach Andy Reid.  According to the source, Jackson is perceived as moping and pouting and generally being more concerned about his contract than helping the team win games.

It’s not a surprise.  In September, Jackson said that his top priority is to remain healthy, not to contribute to victories.

The good news for Jackson, if there is any, is that he definitely remained healthy on Sunday.

For the Eagles, there really isn’t any good news.  With the team’s margin for error now down to zero or less, the real question is whether they’ve found the bottom yet.

The bad news for Jackson is that he’ll be walking into an awkward situation at best on Monday, when he rejoins the team after his one-day exile with pay.

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47 Responses to “DeSean Jackson in danger of losing locker room”
  1. gcsuk says: Nov 13, 2011 7:33 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a more worthy individual.

  2. ticalcaldwell says: Nov 13, 2011 7:33 PM

    get this guy out of there….No football player is worth being a locker room distraction…..I am a Bengals fan……trust me….addition by subtraction……………and in the end….the players respect the coaching staff for it……..

  3. reverend5150 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:36 PM

    usually when you want a new contract you play well (see Forte, Matt). How’s Desean been playing….besides NOT?!

  4. rbrow018 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:36 PM

    The Eagles LOST 2 games in a row which means they LOST an oppurntunity to make the playoff which means Andy Reid will probally LOSE his job……I’m sensing a theme

  5. Donald Whitaker says: Nov 13, 2011 7:38 PM

    He will lose a lockerroom full of people that all got paid before him, when earned a new contract? Cant blame DeSean for looking out for self in this position.

  6. thridandlong says: Nov 13, 2011 7:42 PM

    Let Vick deal with Jackson, he knows how to deal with underachievers.

  7. phillychzstk2012 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:44 PM

    players are all overpaid. however he is underpaid for what hes done in PREVIOUS SEASONS. how about you actually perform in a contract year.

  8. dlmcc1010 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:44 PM

    It is never a good idea to give a questionable character and effort guy a big contract (Hello Albert Haynesworth).

    T.O was always a scumbag, but one could argue he brought his A game every week. Its the crap effort guys who play only when theyre in the mood that you have to watch out for.

    Desean Jackson missed out on a chance to look across the sidelines and see a truly great WR in Larry Fitzgerald. Id like to see how DeSean would react if he had to play every game with the horrific QB tandem that poor Larry does. Larry never says a word, he goes out and gives it his all regardless.

    Let somebody like Jets take a run at him next year, he isnt worth it. Plenty of guys can run fast in a straight line.

  9. mnsportswiz says: Nov 13, 2011 7:49 PM

    Somebody else who puts the ME in team.

  10. dankil13 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:50 PM

    The Eagles’ FO always said come in an play and we’ll take care of you… but they haven’t taken care of Jackson or McCoy, who are their two best players by far. I don’t blame Jackson – he is one hit away from having his career ended.

    You look around the league and the guys who did the right thing (Jackson, Forte, Hillis) were not rewarded for showing up an playing. Meanwhile the guy who held out got his money (Johnson) and hasn’t done squat! If I am an agent, I would surely advise my player to hold out!

  11. bizmaukee says: Nov 13, 2011 7:50 PM

    Might as well sit out the rest of season, eagles aren’t going to playoffs, so why play in meaningless games and take chance getting hurt. He’s going to get paid next year by some other team, and walrus coach will realize he made mistake.

  12. phadedwun says: Nov 13, 2011 7:52 PM

    Bring in TO.

    TO > Desean. He will at least perform.

  13. eaglebobby says: Nov 13, 2011 7:52 PM

    This is what you get when you hire Drew Rosenhaus. He pumps players’ value beyond what they really are, and they believe him. Just look at the Owens situation in Philly–he gladly signed a 7 year deal–had a great year, then hired Rosenhaus and was nothing but a problem child after that. How did his career pan out?? Well, he never saw another SB as a player. If this is true, that Jackson is losing his peers’ respect, I doubt if it’ll do any good.

    As far as “players getting paid before him”–this is what happens in FA. This is what the players wanted. The Eagles probably wanted to see what he was going to be like this year before they committed big bucks–remember, his mopefest started last year when he refused to field punts before the Bears game in Chicago.

  14. cbswartz707 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:52 PM

    He could have had the keys to the city.

  15. enders9 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:52 PM

    dlmcc1010 says: Nov 13, 2011 7:44 PM

    Let somebody like Jets take a run at him next year, he isnt worth it. Plenty of guys can run fast in a straight line.

    ——————————————————

    This is true, but few of them have the same results that DeSean Jackson has, both at WR and Returning. He’s going about getting a new contract the wrong way, but him only being paid 600k this year is a completely joke.

  16. alexnexus says: Nov 13, 2011 7:55 PM

    He is becoming a cancer in a unhealthy team.

    Get rid of DeSean and get a top ten draft -after the Eagles end up with one of the worst records this season-.

  17. usetabe says: Nov 13, 2011 7:56 PM

    That’s special. Go out and throw money around like a drunken sailor on free agents who haven’t panned out, and leave the player most responsible for you success the last two years sitting on his rookie contract. Desaun is a small man, knows his NFL career will probably not be as long as most, and wants to be rewarded for what he’s done for the team. Returning kicks and catching passes over the middle is very dangerous work. Leaving him feeling screwed and playing to protect his health is the fault of Philly management. I’d do the same thing. Maybe it’s Philly mismanagement.

  18. trbowman says: Nov 13, 2011 7:57 PM

    Once a diva, always a diva. They never change

  19. moochzilla says: Nov 13, 2011 8:05 PM

    Yeah, let’s teach that uppity Desean who’s boss!

    Let’s ignore that he’s pretty much the key to our offense!

    Today, you saw what a Jackson-less offense is, total trash. Without him stretching the defense and dragging the safeties back 20 yards:

    1) Maclin and Celek’s underneath routes were covered

    2) Vick was way easier to contain

    3) McCoy had far less running room

    4) The team scored 10 points on offense despite the Cardinals turning the ball over several times

    So, yeah…he doesn’t matter. Maybe we can draft his replacement with the #10 pick in the draft, because this offense doesn’t work without him.

    And who decided that the offense would be overly dependent on his presence? Andy Reid! The GM that won’t go to bat for him money-wise!

    It may be a sound decision not to pay Desean, but don’t whine that the offense doesn’t work anymore.

  20. pmgimp says: Nov 13, 2011 8:07 PM

    I put Jackson and Randy Moss on the same level “I’ll play when I want to and take plays off when I want” Those kind of guys are a cancer on your team get rid of him.

  21. mikehockhurtz says: Nov 13, 2011 8:09 PM

    Good news for Eagles fans is they look great on paper

  22. ruize49 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:11 PM

    Just let him stay football is getting more and more political as the years go on

  23. lbijake says: Nov 13, 2011 8:18 PM

    The Eagles are cheap. They owe Andy money. Andy isn’t going anywhere until after next season.

  24. kappy32 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:27 PM

    DeSean Jackson is one of the most overrated players in the NFL & his attitude is absolute sh*t. This guy is more concerned with maintaining hig “gangsta rep” than he is working his tail off to become a great player. If anyone follows the guy on Twitter, you know what I’m talking about. The guy comes off like a completely uneducated fool in his posts, intentionally misspelling words & attempting to come off hard. Keyshawn Johnson was probably correct when he implied that Jackson was broke. During the lockout offseason, the top players & the hungry players worked out in groups (not necessarily team groups) to prepare for the lifting of the lockout. Additionally, even the highest paid players were saving there money, not knowing when a constant rvenue stream was going to return. Jackson, on the other hand, was traveling the country with his “recording artists” from his failed record label endeavor, JACCPOT Records. He was also posting pictures of tabs & receipts from NY & LA clubs for $17,000-$25,000 on drinks & VIP rooms. In all the pictures he posted, there wasn’t a fellow Eagles player in one photo of his entourage. Instead, he was hanging out with a bunch of disheveled looking hood rats. I can guarantee you that not a single one of them was picking up even part of those tabs. Instead of spending money he didn’t have on a bunch of clowns who only liked him for his green, he should have been preparing for this season. His lack of preparation has shown numerous times. His stamina is shot & can’t stay on the field for longer than 4 straight plays; he’s getting jammed at the line by small corners; and his effort is lacking in that he’s stopping routes short & not going full-out for catchable balls. His numbers for his first few years were averaged, middle of the pack for NFL WRs. To put his overrated stats into perspective, Victor Cruz is on pace to top Jackson’s best receptions, yards & TD numbers in any given season & Cruz didn’t become a full-time starter until week 3. When you’re going to pay a player top position dollars, there is more than just numbers that goes into the evaluation: leadership; work ethic; respect for the coaches; etc. Jackson fails in every intangible aspect of the game & doesn’t deserve to get paid. If he does get his money, he’ll blow through it on another misspelled record label. Maybe he should buy a spelling tutor instead.

  25. msclemons67 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:33 PM

    This is one of the rare occasions that I agree with the player in this sort of situation. DeSean has massively outperformed his rookie contract and just watched the team shell out millions for outsiders. At the same time the Eagles have made it clear they plan to franchise DeSean rather than work out a fair deal.

    Why should DeSean give a crap about the Eagles at this point? He’s right: stay healthy and hope the Eagles don’t use the tag so that he can get market value after the season.

  26. st0n3r78 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:39 PM

    Sorry, Jackson deserves what he got. Saying the team cant win without him is just flat stupid. Had they known he would get deactivated 24hrs before kickoff than im sure during the week they would have gotten Smith in there getting more rep’s. They would have game planned for no Djax. I think they should trade his ass in the off season. His 1 route wonder is old and not worth the money. We can draft other fast guys if needed and get the same results. No team will pay him Fitz $$ to run 1 route non-stop.

  27. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Nov 13, 2011 8:39 PM

    Most NFL players have pretty low IQ’s. Really low. They have very little thought about cause and effect. It’s sad but true. Staying healthy is not what gets you a new contract. being a team player and producing is what gets you a new contract. Or it should be.

  28. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Nov 13, 2011 8:41 PM

    I think this site is owned by the eiggles !

  29. phreakin says: Nov 13, 2011 8:43 PM

    I love how the Jackson fans are saying he’s a small guy and is being safe so he can get his payday. Here’s a novel idea, maybe the fact that he’s an injury risk is why he isn’t getting a huge deal? So you’re openly campaigning for your team to pay a guy that the team and he knows is one play away from being paid for nothing.

  30. a55hol says: Nov 13, 2011 8:47 PM

    One of the best years I can remember in the NFL. I love it when Philly falls apart. When you can’t beat the Cards, you’ve got problems, lol. Philly sucks. Desean sucks. Andy Reid sucks. Vicke sucks. The only good thing about Philly is watching parkin wars and seeing all the losers in that town. What a miserable place, just like their team.

  31. steelersfan1983 says: Nov 13, 2011 9:15 PM

    Okay I actually see where he is coming from. TO got contracts even while sucking as a teammate. NFL pays for potential IE Matt Cassel. All you have to do is have a good year and then punt and save yourself for a payday.

  32. gb4mn0 says: Nov 13, 2011 9:16 PM

    I see a big fat 100m contract for Jackson in MN next year. They love carcinogenic prima donnas.

  33. moochzilla says: Nov 13, 2011 9:17 PM

    When, after all, have the Eagles actively sought to assassinate the character of a player who wouldn’t take a below market deal?

    Oh, all the time? Ya don’t say.

    Sheldon, Gaither, Runyan, Jackson, Trotter.

    Which is fine, if they didn’t consistently replace these guys with far inferior talent.

  34. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Nov 13, 2011 9:24 PM

    Jackson will get paid by someone and most teams and fans would love to have him. He is a great deep threat to have. I don’t care if he only catches the ball 3-5 times, he gets 100 yards and a td.

  35. moochzilla says: Nov 13, 2011 9:24 PM

    “Here’s a novel idea, maybe the fact that he’s an injury risk is why he isn’t getting a huge deal? ”

    And maybe Reid shouldn’t have made the entire offense dependent on his presence?

    Jackson didn’t decide his market value…Reid did.

    Or did you miss today’s game? And the joke of an offensive?

    I remember Fred Barnett and Calvin looked awesome when Keith Jackson was commanding attention. People said they’d still produce, we didn’t need to pay Keith. Didn’t work out.

    I remember Clyde Simmons was a top 5 sack guy with Reggie White opposite him. People said we could let Reggie go and Clyde would get 18 sacks a year. Didn’t work out.

    This IS NOT BASKETBALL. It is a team sport, and the performance of the individual players is dependent on their teammates. And Jackson commands A LOT of attention.

  36. eagleswin says: Nov 13, 2011 9:25 PM

    moochzilla says:
    Nov 13, 2011 8:05 PM
    Yeah, let’s teach that uppity Desean who’s boss!

    Let’s ignore that he’s pretty much the key to our offense!

    Today, you saw what a Jackson-less offense is, total trash. Without him stretching the defense and dragging the safeties back 20 yards:

    1) Maclin and Celek’s underneath routes were covered

    2) Vick was way easier to contain

    3) McCoy had far less running room

    4) The team scored 10 points on offense despite the Cardinals turning the ball over several times

    So, yeah…he doesn’t matter. Maybe we can draft his replacement with the #10 pick in the draft, because this offense doesn’t work without him.

    —————————————-

    McCoy averaged just short of 6 yards a carry. Maclin was injured early and Celek had his 3rd best receiving game of the season.

    The only thing you have correct is that Vick looked horrible today without his top 2 WRs. The real question is, with your QB looking like a 3rd string backup, why don’t you pound the ball with the RB averaging nearly 6yards/carry?

    Why not run the ball when you are up in the 4th quarter with a hot RB?

    Coaching was the main issue today on both sides of the ball.

  37. sullijo1 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:33 PM

    There’s a reason he fell to the 2nd round in the draft…..character issues.

  38. eagleswin says: Nov 13, 2011 10:41 PM

    moochzilla says:
    Nov 13, 2011 9:17 PM
    When, after all, have the Eagles actively sought to assassinate the character of a player who wouldn’t take a below market deal?

    Oh, all the time? Ya don’t say.

    Sheldon, Gaither, Runyan, Jackson, Trotter.

    Which is fine, if they didn’t consistently replace these guys with far inferior talent.
    ——————————

    Reign it in. You have been way off base with your rants.

    Trotter took the highest offer, failed miserably, and came back to the Eagles telling the world he made a mistake by leaving.

    Omar has only started 3 games for the panthers this year.

    Runyan played 5 games with the Chargers (as a backup) after the Eagles let him go and then retired.

    Brown is the only one who has had any impact on his team post Eagles.

    The fact is, the Eagles front office is usually correct when they let players go. Very few players that they let go come back to bite them.

    Just because someone offers you more money doesn’t mean that your play is worth it or more importantly, that your talents fit the scheme the team is running.

    For example, the Eagles bring in some of the best Man to man corners in the game and then proceed to have them playing zone defense most of the season. They have DRC playing the slot corner when his best attribute is his deep speed because they don’t want to upset Asante.

    You can blast the Eagles for that but you can’t blast them for the players they let go.

  39. girlsinthesouthlovefootball says: Nov 13, 2011 11:01 PM

    Can’t believe I actually miss T.O.

    At least he hit the field…

  40. 7to10for6allday says: Nov 13, 2011 11:16 PM

    As an eagles fan, I have to say they are f@&&$n terrible. Jacksons days as an eagle are slowly coming to an end. At this point the FO isn’t even gonna franchise him bc that’d be like 10 mill for one year. Get a new coach, some LBs, trade a CB and stop being SOFT.

  41. kappy32 says: Nov 14, 2011 5:29 AM

    As an eagles fan, I have to say they are f@&&$n terrible. Jacksons days as an eagle are slowly coming to an end. At this point the FO isn’t even gonna franchise him bc that’d be like 10 mill for one year. Get a new coach, some LBs, trade a CB and stop being SOFT.
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    You mean Casey Matthews isn’t your savior? I remember Eagle fans praising him on here as the second coming. All you need to do is look at the guy & realize he is FAR away from his brother talent-wise. Also, don’t talk about your “FO” like it’s something special; they have a lot of egg on their face this season. They ignored glaring holes at LB & OL to go after the big named FA who has been showing he’s not the elite CB people thought he was. Here’s 4 names for you & guess what they all have in common: Jacquian Williams; Greg Jones; Mark Herzlich; and Spencer Paysinger. Can’t guess what it is? I’ll tell you… They are all on the Giants; they all play LB; they were all drafted after Matthews or signed as undrafted free agents; and they’re all better than Casey Matthews & anyone of them would provide an immediate, significant upgrade over your current LBs. Your great “FO” dropped the ball on that one. Ask the Jets & Redskins, championships are won on the field, not during the offseason through contract negotiations & signings. More importantly, you build through the draft & supplement through free agency if you want to have periods of sustained success in the NFL.

  42. moochzilla says: Nov 14, 2011 6:56 AM

    Eagleswin,

    That’s not the main point. Would I pay Jackson as an elite WR? No way. So if he’s asking for a huge deal, I;m fine with letting him walk or dealing him.

    But you cannot deny that when these players don’t sign to the number the Eagles want, all of a sudden you start to see negative stories leaked to the press.

    And you cannot deny that they are rarely if ever adequately replaced.

  43. ham1 says: Nov 14, 2011 7:17 AM

    Who cares about the egirls dysfuntions?
    I mean they were never going to a superbowl anyhow.

  44. mike5011ad says: Nov 14, 2011 9:23 AM

    Meanwhile in Houston, Arian Foster is playing at an all-pro level for the league minimum…

  45. moochzilla says: Nov 14, 2011 10:24 AM

    Kappy,

    “You mean Casey Matthews isn’t your savior? I remember Eagle fans praising him on here as the second coming. ”

    Again, I’m not sure where you get this. I’d estimate that 95% of the people I talked to and 80% of the calls into WIP / 950 believed that this kid was an undersized liability at MLB.

    After game 1, that went to 99%. After game 2, that went to 100%.

    You’d have to have been living in this city to know that the LB corps, and Casey in particular, have been a source of concern if not derision since the lockout ended.

  46. moochzilla says: Nov 14, 2011 10:27 AM

    Someone will pay Jackson and make him into a Mike Wallace type. But more feast or famine.

    And I don’t want to hear Birds fans crying when that happens. Because Jason Avant doesn’t stretch the field.

  47. junebug42 says: Nov 14, 2011 4:17 PM

    He’ll be in Dallas next season….jerry love players like that….

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