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Money will determine DeSean Jackson’s Philly future

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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie laid down some harsh words about Andy Reid at his press conference on Tuesday, but he was less negative when it came to DeSean Jackson.

Jackson’s behavior for much of the season made it seem like he was laying the foundation for a trip out of town when the year came to an end, but Lurie said Tuesday that he would welcome Jackson back to the team next season. Whether or not Jackson comes back will come down to dollars and cents, according to the owner, and “if the right terms develop” Jackson will remain with the team.

“DeSean is a terrific player, and I think his attitude and his whole approach in the last month of the season was terrific,” Lurie said. “High energy. I think he started to realize and get it.”

Jackson’s comments after the final game of the season likely factored into what Lurie said on Tuesday. Jackson apologized for his behavior during the season and for letting his contract situation affect his game. He also said he’d have no problem playing under the franchise tag, something that should make it easier to find the right terms to keep him as a part of the offense going forward.

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  1. dachozen1 says: Jan 3, 2012 5:27 PM

    It’s funny how common folk are always conditioned to side with the establishment. It is rich and much richer to choose from but I still always side with the player. I can relate to giving your all to an organization (playing hurt) in 1st + 2nd year only to see your hard work get overlooked for outside players that rec’d big contracts. I can relate to getting close to league min and being 1 shot away from blowing out your knee and losing opportunity of a lifetime to care for your family. Look what happened to Forte and luckily AP got paid before his acl tear. This is a no brainer to me.

  2. bigjdve says: Jan 3, 2012 5:29 PM

    I’m sure that if I was playing like a 4th string receiver I would take the average of the top 5 at my position as well.

    The Eagles would be fools to franchise Jackson. Then again Reid is still there and he did pay Vick 100 million.

  3. mikeeg says: Jan 3, 2012 5:33 PM

    He has always had issues on/off field, even with Cal.. its a matter of if his big plays out weigh his shenanigans…

  4. Nevis says: Jan 3, 2012 5:41 PM

    He’s one step behind Santonio Holmes….one more year ought to close the gap.

  5. madenatewell says: Jan 3, 2012 5:42 PM

    BOO! I don’t care how he acted, I’d like to see him opposite Steve Smith in Carolina.

  6. DubZ480 says: Jan 3, 2012 5:48 PM

    Tough decision with DeSean. I would pay him as a top receiver even though the numbers don’t necessarily show it. It’s clear that he gives the Eagles another dimension and they are a much better with him.

    He shouldn’t get Fitzgerald money, but should get Santonio money! Problem is I am sure there are some teams out there that will give him what he wants and that wont be the Eagles.

  7. readysethike says: Jan 3, 2012 5:49 PM

    let him go…there will be a plethora of potentially better receivers then him in the draft.

  8. flavordave says: Jan 3, 2012 5:53 PM

    Yeah I dont know about harsh words there buddy. He basically praised and excused Andys season of coaching. He mentioned the lockout as a reason, how they were 6-2 down the stretch, how his players believe in him, how he always rebounds with successful seasons after a bad one, how the Eagles have the most playoff seasons since 2006, i could go on cause it doesnt seem li,ke you listened to it at all.

  9. lilrob10201 says: Jan 3, 2012 5:58 PM

    It looks like they are on the same track now.I say now throw a medium contract like a 5 year 30 million $ contract.That should lock him up.

  10. djbrown0811 says: Jan 3, 2012 6:02 PM

    McCoy is the only player on this team I’d take on a team I was building from scratch. Vick will never take a team to a Super Bowl and Castillo as a DC is a complete joke. Alot of overpaid players on this team.

  11. cletusvandam says: Jan 3, 2012 6:03 PM

    If you think Chris Johnson quit trying after getting paid, wait until this idiot gets his money

  12. lilrob10201 says: Jan 3, 2012 6:04 PM

    But again if the Eagles do let go Desean then I hope they trade up in the draft and get Justin Blackmon.

  13. djbrown0811 says: Jan 3, 2012 6:06 PM

    “BOO! I don’t care how he acted, I’d like to see him opposite Steve Smith in Carolina.”
    ————————————————
    You really think Rivera would put up with those shenanigans for 5 minutes? Jackson is a primadonna and I wouldn’t put him in a locker room with Cam Newton for a single second. Philly would be doing themselves a big favor letting him walk. Sometimes the talent isn’t worth the headache, just ask all the head coaches who had to put up with Terrell Owens.. including Andy Reid.

  14. beastup22 says: Jan 3, 2012 6:09 PM

    He said before the season started that his #1 objective was staying healthy. If you were going to pay him you should have just payed him last year. Messed your season up for no reason.

  15. duncanthecat says: Jan 3, 2012 6:13 PM

    Everyone else got paid on the Eagles, why shouldn’t he.

    Agree that someone will step to the plate and pay the man…

    Big loss for Eagles, if he so chooses to take the money, no one spreads the defense like DJ.

  16. chocolatebaconbutter says: Jan 3, 2012 6:16 PM

    Tough decision, and this coming from a Giants fan. They need this guy, but they need the real DeSean, not the clown who laced up this year.

    He kills us, so I’m geniunely hoping he isn’t brought back to Philly. Be nice to get rid of that handful.

  17. dolphins4 says: Jan 3, 2012 7:51 PM

    They need to resign DeSean and hire Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator to win a Superbowl.

  18. isujames says: Jan 3, 2012 7:52 PM

    @djbrown0811 tell me ur kidding when u mentioned t owens, please tell me you are.T.O is the second or third best wide reciever in NFL history.

  19. laeaglefan says: Jan 3, 2012 7:56 PM

    The Eagles, as constructed now, are clearly a better team with DeSean than without him. The only question is at what price is it worth bringing him back. Surely, they can find another receiver if they choose to use the money that would be allocated to DeSean.

  20. tashkalucy says: Jan 3, 2012 7:58 PM

    Add thos kid to the list of diva WR’s that could have been great – ahd a few good years – but weren’t.

    Owens
    Burress
    Chad
    Braylon Edwards

    and on and on.

    These guys belong in the WWF-inspired NBA where they can talk trash, do reality shows, mug for the camera…..and let their coaches and teammates know that being on ESPN is a lot more important then being in those boring team meetings and having to listen to those silly coaches.

  21. skins4life2009 says: Jan 3, 2012 8:31 PM

    Can I just put this simple scenario out there? Desean has been a great player for philly since he came to town, by far their top receiver. So they bring in Babin, Nnamdi, Vick, who all get exceptional contracts, but they guy thqt has proven himself doesn’t get paid? Really people, Desean said his main goal to the season was to stay healthy, not have another season that he sees no reward for his effort. He played out his contract, not making a huge deal out of it such as a TO or ochocinco, or haynesworth. Honestly I believe he acted just about as professional as you could in a situation that filthadelphia put him in.

  22. phillybirds says: Jan 3, 2012 8:41 PM

    PAY DESEAN JACKSON!!!!!!!!

  23. birdbrainsnj says: Jan 3, 2012 9:27 PM

    Really flavor?? Listen to the first 15 minutes of the interview. Dismal, inexcusable, angry with the teams performance. They were directed at Reid. His whole conference talked down Andy’s job this season and then after 15 mins he turned tides and explained his intangibles that made him decide to keep him for another year. Watch the whole interview moron.

  24. djstat says: Jan 3, 2012 9:27 PM

    So don’t produce, mope and silk and get rewarded…wow the nfl sucks. Jackson should be required to forfeit his salary this year to a season tix holder for lack of effort

  25. nfl fan says: Jan 3, 2012 9:53 PM

    Money will determine DeSean Jackson’s Philly future
    ——————————————————-
    No worries, they can re-sign Steve Smith. Considering what he contributed in 2011 and how much he got paid (4M), he should work for free.

    Should they have paid D. Jackson or Steve Smith? Tell us about that decision Jeffrey?

  26. rwmilli says: Jan 3, 2012 10:10 PM

    Love the Vick hate, well see who’s laughing when we take home the super bowl ! Hire spags !

  27. strahan92 says: Jan 3, 2012 10:41 PM

    CCCCCCCRRRRRRRRRUUUUUUUUZZZZZZ

  28. birdbrainsnj says: Jan 3, 2012 10:42 PM

    I guess that would be why your the only one who seems to feel this way and why every one calling into sports radio here in Philly now agrees with my take and pfts on it. First 15 was negative last 5 praised.

  29. stercuilus65 says: Jan 3, 2012 10:57 PM

    “dachozen1 says: Jan 3, 2012 5:27 PM

    It’s funny how common folk are always conditioned to side with the establishment. It is rich and much richer to choose from but I still always side with the player. ”

    ————————

    So you are conditioned to always side with the player.

  30. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jan 3, 2012 11:00 PM

    come to carolina, where all our playmakers get paid, the real steve smith can make your job easy, and cam can sling you some td passes every sunday. richardson will cut the check and bamf, chud, smitty, and cam are the boss. and duke and unc games are barely an hour away. the panthers lethal weapons need another lethal weapon. and no one should have to spend the prime of their life in philly.

  31. jbcommonsense says: Jan 3, 2012 11:03 PM

    I’d love to have Desean stretch the field as a deep threat WR for the Redskins!

  32. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Jan 4, 2012 12:03 AM

    carolina makes perfect sense

  33. tatum064 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:59 AM

    mikeeg says:
    Jan 3, 2012 5:33 PM
    He has always had issues on/off field, even with Cal.. its a matter of if his big plays out weigh his shenanigans…

    =============

    Yeah, he pulled the same stunt, because he was from SoCal and was committed to USC, then changed his mind and went to Cal-Berkeley, cause he thought the coaches at Long Beach-Poly “betrayed his secret”

    Such a goof.

  34. tatum064 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:01 AM

    DubZ480 says:
    Jan 3, 2012 5:48 PM
    Tough decision with DeSean. I would pay him as a top receiver even though the numbers don’t necessarily show it. It’s clear that he gives the Eagles another dimension and they are a much better with him.

    He shouldn’t get Fitzgerald money, but should get Santonio money! Problem is I am sure there are some teams out there that will give him what he wants and that wont be the Eagles.

    ========

    I’m hoping he doesnt go to the Chargers, (if Vincent Jackson bolts. Would be a perfect scenario, because he would bring what the lost when Darren Sproles was gone – a nightmare match-up with another big possession WR on the other side (Malcolm Floyd)

  35. daveyjones1 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:52 AM

    DeSean Jackson is not even the best reciever on his team. Maclin is a better route runner and more physical. Jackson is good but they shouldn’t overpay him. Speed is always hit or miss and can be shut down. Good route running will always get you open. Pay him like a no. 2 receiver or regret it, Philly.

  36. drc23philly says: Jan 4, 2012 6:51 AM

    why is everyone hating on desean so much? Firstly everyone’s saying he’s a cancer to the team when he obviously isn’t as the whole team wants him back and that’s just been blown up by the media.
    Secondly did you see the eagles offense without him aswell? It sucked, he creates so much offense for maclin, shady, avant etc cause all the safeties are playing 30 yards deep. And apparently playing like a ’4th string receiver’ he still got 961 yards, one game off another 1000 yard season, which is more than reggie wayne, greg jennings and anquan boldin yet no one’s hating on them. And considering he’s been so badly underpayed for the last 2 years when the team’s just handing out money to absolutely anyone like steve smith and ronnie brown, i’d be annoyed aswell.
    And finally for those people who are saying he hasn’t even bothered this year then why was he hustling 90 yards to chase down edwards on that fumble recovery in atlanta and against the jets, and as for avoiding contact, he’s stayed healthy and we know how that hurt us when mike vick couldn’t stay healthy and he’s only fumbled once this year which is a lot less than the previous years.

  37. cleverbob says: Jan 4, 2012 9:13 AM

    Desean wants 8 figures but he’s only worth 7. You could say all he does is stretch the field, but that’s incredibly important in the Eagles offense.

  38. dycenyne says: Jan 4, 2012 3:12 PM

    As an Eagles fan Im not sure how to look at this… I know Desean means alot to this team and its offense, but we have some big names coming up for new contracts soon as well… Lesean Mccoy, Jeremy Maclin, Asante Samuel, Todd Herremans, DRC… I do want desean to make money but at a reasonable cost… I also think the Eagles owe him from this past year as well…. Santonio Holmes money is appropriate… 7-8 Million I think a year is fair.

  39. rcali says: Jan 4, 2012 3:47 PM

    If he acts this way when he’s trying to get “Paid” what do you think is going to happen when he does get paid and turns into Santonio Holmes. If I’m the Eagles, it may be best to pass.

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