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Reid praises DeSean Jackson, but noncommittal about future

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Perhaps the Eagles’ biggest offseason decision is whether to retain free agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who held out of the start of 2011 training camp before posting three-year lows in receiving yards and touchdowns, and a career-worst punt return average.

In his first media appearance since Week Seventeen, Eagles coach Andy Reid sat down with reporters for 45 minutes Tuesday to discuss the future of his ball club.

“I thought he matured and showed maturity this season,” Reid said of Jackson. “I think he’s done that every year he’s been here. But he showed it, stood up and admitted to everybody that he didn’t handle things the right way. I will tell you the last six games, he did a nice job for us. … You saw a different attitude the last five or six games.”

Jackson averaged 62 receiving yards per game in the season’s final six weeks. His average was 66 yards over Jackson’s first nine appearances. (He missed Week Ten due to a team-imposed suspension.)

The Eagles can franchise tag Jackson, meet his long-term contract demands, or let him hit the open market. Reid was noncommittal about the team’s plans.

“We’re going to go through and look at all that,” Reid said. “We really haven’t gotten to that point. … We’re analyzing the free agents.”

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47 Responses to “Reid praises DeSean Jackson, but noncommittal about future”
  1. cobrala2 says: Jan 31, 2012 4:29 PM

    I don’t want him. Give him to some team with an idiotic front office willing to pay pseudo-great WRs a ton of money like Dallas. Let D-Jackoff “sting dey azz” some more. Whatever.

  2. ingraven says: Jan 31, 2012 4:30 PM

    Desean….see you in San Fran next year. Make them forget about “Kyle Williams”.

  3. bobonitz says: Jan 31, 2012 4:34 PM

    Im a big eagles fan, but if Desean’s attitude continues, the team won’t want him. Character is just as important as talent

  4. eagleswin says: Jan 31, 2012 4:36 PM

    “I thought he matured and showed maturity this season,” Reid said of Jackson

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    Really? I guess that’s why the team suspended him, for his maturity. Jackson is part of the reason the Eagles didn’t make the playoffs.

    He may have been better at the end of the year but that’s only because people got tired of his pouting and whining, not because he matured.

  5. upyoursnfu says: Jan 31, 2012 4:37 PM

    He’d probably make a good NY Jet. Or a Cincinnati Bungle

  6. skinsrock says: Jan 31, 2012 4:37 PM

    Everybody has a good attitude/work ethic when they want to get paid… See Albert Haynesworth & Santonio Holmes.

  7. djstat says: Jan 31, 2012 4:38 PM

    Typical Andy Reid to talk to the media when they are all out of town coaching the Super Bowl. Jabba the Hut will never win the big show. But wow he has kept his job a long time.

  8. justanotherdummy says: Jan 31, 2012 4:40 PM

    What else could he say? “We love DeSean and cannot wait for the reaming Rosenhaus wants to give us on his price”? If they want him, they will have him, no sense committing to anything before you have to do so. This is a non-story.

  9. whatnojets says: Jan 31, 2012 4:40 PM

    If you don’t need him, I ams ure that The New York Jets will gladly take him! We need all the help we can get!

  10. illcomm says: Jan 31, 2012 4:43 PM

    Let Desean go, he is a team cancer. The eagles just need to replace him with a hicks type redzone WR. Deseans long routes take to much time to develop and allow for vick to get hit more, plus desean drops too many balls. Kick em to the curb and nice on.

  11. jakek2 says: Jan 31, 2012 4:43 PM

    Fearless forecast –

    The Eagles will throw big money at Mario Manningham to become their No. 1 WR and Jackson will walk.

    Giants will bring him in, sit him across from a 2x SB MVP QB and non-divas Nicks/Cruz, and tell him he could earn a ring too if he shuts up, listens and plays within the meaning of “TEAM”. He’ll sign for half of what MM signs for with the Eagles and he’ll be our new #3 WR / PR extraodinaire for the next 6 years.

  12. coolgato13 says: Jan 31, 2012 4:43 PM

    D is for Diva!

  13. flapjackdaddy says: Jan 31, 2012 4:48 PM

    This guy makes me want to throw up.

    Get a real job and see how long you last with that attitude.

  14. phillybirds says: Jan 31, 2012 4:52 PM

    RE-SIGN DJAX!!!

    who cares about the Eagles money? it doesn’t effect my paycheck. we can’t trust this team in free agency and ESPECIALLY the draft. since 1999 our drafts have been terrible with few exceptions (lesean mccoy). when someone good comes along KEEP HIM!!!!

  15. calmdownsir says: Jan 31, 2012 4:58 PM

    Spin aside, this will be a tough call. The (lack of)quality of offers from other teams may make the decision for them. Which DJack shows up next year will determine how we judge the outcome. And no, you can’t predict that.

  16. nineroutsider says: Jan 31, 2012 5:04 PM

    I think the 9ers will be able to get this guy cheap and I hope they do. He surely has driven his value down with his diva ways.

    He has been a diva for Chunk, but Chuck is a big time cream puff, see McNabb Benching…”Towel boy, go tell McNabb we are putting Kolb in.” Reid was a little cherry when Jackson was pouting on the sideline too…weak!

    Harbaugh will knock that diva right out of him like he did with Crabtree. While Crabtree hasn’t been turned into a #1 (and he may never be), he is no longer a diva and plays every play hard and takes pride in blocking. That’s Harbaugh. He will do the same with Jackson, Philly fans won’t recognize him when Harbs is done with him.

    Jackson has the speed the 9ers need to push the safeties back and to open up the middle a little for crossing routes and underneath stuff. Not to mention the running game. Jackson would be a nice addition for the 9ers and I hope they get him. They shouldn’t be afraid just because Philly couldn’t handle him.

    I bet Philly fans said the same about TO though…

  17. phillyphever says: Jan 31, 2012 5:04 PM

    I’ll be more than happy to get rid of Jackson if it means signing Dwayne Bowe.

  18. n0hopeleft says: Jan 31, 2012 5:07 PM

    I love it. All the Eagles fans running him out of town. I hope that punt return was worth this moron setting you back another 2 years.
    The Giants will continue to win Superbowls while you compete for a great regular season record.

    Philadelphia is pathetic.

    THE EMPTY TROPHY CASE CLAN!!!!

  19. bleedgreen says: Jan 31, 2012 5:11 PM

    phillybirds says:
    Jan 31, 2012 4:52 PM
    RE-SIGN DJAX!!!

    who cares about the Eagles money? it doesn’t effect my paycheck. we can’t trust this team in free agency and ESPECIALLY the draft. since 1999 our drafts have been terrible with few exceptions (lesean mccoy). when someone good comes along KEEP HIM!!!!
    ———————————

    Since 99 they’ve drafted:

    Sheldon Brown
    Lito Sheppard
    Brian Westbrook
    Brent Celek
    LeSean McCoy
    DeSean Jackson
    Jeremy Maclin
    Mike Patterson
    Trent Cole
    Sean Andrews
    Donovan McNabb

    I’m sure I’m missing a bunch more, but if a team drafts 11 pro bowl players in 12 years, I don’t think thats TOO bad, really.

  20. staff2cj4td says: Jan 31, 2012 5:13 PM

    DJAX in the slot with Calvin Johnson and Titus Young in Detroit!! Stafford throws for 5,400 yards, 54 td’s!!

  21. zack2482 says: Jan 31, 2012 5:20 PM

    That is funny. Eagle fan saying Dallas should over pay for him. Weren’t the Eagles the FA winners and the one who employed TO before Dallas? Funny…

  22. mychode says: Jan 31, 2012 5:23 PM

    The eagles should sign desean first then lashon followed by rasean, nashon, and then bosean.

  23. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 31, 2012 5:30 PM

    seems more like an endorsement for ANOTHER team to pick him up

  24. fittytuckin says: Jan 31, 2012 5:48 PM

    A team is going to make the mistake of giving him a top dollar contract, like the Bears did with Devin Hester. He’s a one trick pony as a receiver. He’s scared to run across the middle and drops balls when he knows a hit is coming. But he is an above average returner.

  25. eaglebranded says: Jan 31, 2012 5:49 PM

    Just like he said with old Juan if you read between the lines you would see Desean is not going no where so all the I hope the 9ers get him get over yourselves. That defense had Michael Singletary written all over it . Even with Desean yall won’t make the playoffs again for years to come with Alex Smith at the helm. To all the no rings talk I believe football was being played before the Superbowl era. So I do believe they won championships before that time began. Greats like Chuck Bednarik would disagree. Teams get one or two rings in their 60 or 70 years of existence and they talk . Three championships before that era check your history folks , and please don’t say that was in the past ,because if your team doesn’t win the superbowl this year wouldn’t your so called rings be in the past ? Hmm funny some of the comments people make .

  26. philyeagles5 says: Jan 31, 2012 5:54 PM

    djstat says:
    Jan 31, 2012 4:38 PM
    Typical Andy Reid to talk to the media when they are all out of town coaching the Super Bowl. Jabba the Hut will never win the big show. But wow he has kept his job a long time.
    ===================================
    wtf does this mean? you dont think other teams still exist because they arent in the Super Bowl? i apologize to anyone ive ever said had the dumbest comment ever, because this just takes the cake.

  27. dolphins4 says: Jan 31, 2012 6:19 PM

    If the Eagles are smart they’ll resign or franchise tag and then resign Desean to a long term contract.

  28. laeaglefan says: Jan 31, 2012 6:20 PM

    With the Eagles’ luck, if they let DeSean walk, he’ll probably sign with a team in their division and they’ll have to face him twice each year. That could end up a very humbling experience for Joe Banner, Jeff Lurie and Andy Reid. At least if they franchise him and then trade him, they can select the team that they trade him to (AFC team) and minimize the damage he can do to them later.

  29. roamingabriel says: Jan 31, 2012 6:31 PM

    Does anybody believe anything Reid says at this point?

    Other than a buffet recommendation…

  30. phillymike5959 says: Jan 31, 2012 6:58 PM

    You can put up with Diva like behaviour, the inconsistent effort and the fact he’s one headshot away from being done when HE PRODUCES…last year was a disgrace..Matured??watch the tape of his routes and effort at the embarrassing loss against SEA..Granted management blew it by bringing in S Smith for more $$ but I would be looking to move him to a WR / playmaker needy team and get a 3rd 2nd round pick(that they hopefully won’t trade for 5 6th rounders in 2015)..How about the 15th pick, Desean and even Asante Samuel thrown in to the Rams for the 2nd overall and take Blackmon?

  31. dannyunlv2010 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:05 PM

    as an eagles fan, i will be very upset if the eagles quit on desean. you dont quit on your best reciever because he has one rough season. THE END!!! what happened to loyalty????

  32. nationalmediacansuckit says: Jan 31, 2012 7:18 PM

    The Eagles gave the other 31 teams a class in Free Agency Gone Bad 101. Can’t buy a championship in one single offseason. Although I’m sure the other 31 teams already knew this.

  33. phillybirds says: Jan 31, 2012 7:19 PM

    bleedgreen says:
    Since 99 they’ve drafted:

    Sheldon Brown
    Lito Sheppard
    Brian Westbrook
    Brent Celek
    LeSean McCoy
    DeSean Jackson
    Jeremy Maclin
    Mike Patterson
    Trent Cole
    Sean Andrews
    Donovan McNabb

    I’m sure I’m missing a bunch more, but if a team drafts 11 pro bowl players in 12 years, I don’t think thats TOO bad, really.

    ^^^^^
    Compare that to the NY Giants and it is TOO bad, really.

  34. bucfandango says: Jan 31, 2012 7:19 PM

    He needs to come to Tampa Bay and they can afford to pay him. The Bucs have no speed at the WR position, zero, zip, zilch, nada.

  35. phillybirds says: Jan 31, 2012 7:26 PM

    I loved Lito Sheppard but the guy was good for 3 seasons. Shawn Andrews is in a mental hospital most likely. It took Sheldon Brown years to become a dominant cornerback and then we traded him. Jeremy Maclin is good but hasn’t accomplished anything yet. And Mike Patterson is a cool guy but doesnt generate sacks or stop the run.

    We’re the team that drafted Brandon Graham instead of Earl Thomas (or Pierre-Paul). We still have a hole at safety because of it. And because of Brandon Graham we had to re-sign Jason Babin to a huge contract, a former Eagle btw. Now we’re not even sure if we can resign our best reciever because of it. You give the Eagles organization WAY too much credit. Trust me, I love the team too. But I’m sick of Andy Reid.

  36. gryphon1989 says: Jan 31, 2012 8:05 PM

    Reid-dickulous. Again the focus is shifted from the coach. 14 years and nothing to show for it. You don’t get banners for 2nd place nor 8 and 8.

    Desean isn’t the reason why Reid can’t win the big game. Reid is.

    Without Desean the offensive production will go down. You don’t know football if you don’t see the cover 2 most teams utilize when he’s in the game.

    Rest assured there will be another player to blame next year. Last season the blame was laid on a guy that broke the 49ers single season record and scored more than any player in the NFL from 2000-2010 and won a few games with his left foot.

    Akers.

  37. eaglebranded says: Jan 31, 2012 8:18 PM

    Buy a championship funny how people are mad at philly for managing their cap. Why do you think they got rid of mcnabb and everyone else so they could have money. News flash they still got money the contracts that come off this year Vince, Steve Smith, Ronnie not so bright Brown opens up more money . I guess when your team don’t get the players they want this year because of poor money management skills and they come to philly they would be trying to buy a championship again huh? Unlike the Redskins that gave away dam near every pick they had and spent all their money to do the same. Next , I could’ve sworn Earl Thomas was drafted before philly had a chance to pick him . I agree they missed on Pierre Paul but time will tell in that situation sort of like it did with Ricky let’s smoke one for the team Williams . Funny, things people say

  38. b3nz0z says: Jan 31, 2012 9:30 PM

    geez, it’s almost as if holding out harms performance . . .

  39. dolphins4 says: Jan 31, 2012 9:53 PM

    Who wouldn’t want to play for the Gold Standard.

  40. nfl fan says: Jan 31, 2012 10:11 PM

    Why would we care what Andy Reid says? It’s not like he’s going to tell us the truth.

  41. packersownerandshareholder says: Jan 31, 2012 10:13 PM

    I’d love to see him in Green and Gold playing with his fellow U C Barkley alum, Aaron Rodgers

  42. dontouchmyjunk says: Jan 31, 2012 10:38 PM

    Eagles fans are not the brightest of bulbs. They don’t realize just how grossly underpaid Desean Jackson has been for the last several years. Eagles fans expect professional football players to play like they’re in high school. Rah-rah, Go Team! Put their long term health on the line just for the love of the game. Or, worse yet, for the privilege of playing in front of the boorish eagle fan.

    Stay strong, Desean. You will get paid. And the sooner you’re out of that god forsaken town, the happier you’ll be.

  43. east96st says: Jan 31, 2012 10:44 PM

    “To all the no rings talk I believe football was being played before the Superbowl era. So I do believe they won championships before that time began. Greats like Chuck Bednarik would disagree”

    You’re absolutely right. They did play championships before the Super Bowl and, no question, Chuck was one the baddest human beings to ever play the game. But the last championship was in 1960. You really want to brag about something that happened over a half century ago? C’mon, man! You wouldn’t even recognize the game from back then! Plus, the Giants, the Boys, and the Skins all have teams that have won multiple rings long after the celebration of that 1960 win disappeared from people’s minds. If you want to puff out your chest about a championship from 1960, go right ahead. But given that nearly every Philly game has been sellout since then, I think Eagle fans are getting the shaft. Owning the Eagles has been an excuse to print money. When you have that kind of supportive fanbase, you ain’t doing your job if you can’t bring home a title in 52 years.

  44. cowhawkfan says: Jan 31, 2012 11:44 PM

    I hope you Eagle fans get what you want and they get rid if Reid. Reid has kept you in the hunt for years…can wait until he’s gone and you find out how bad a team can be under a bad-medicre coach. LMAO…it’d be fun TI watch your heads implode!!

  45. cowhawkfan says: Jan 31, 2012 11:44 PM

    I hope you Eagle fans get what you want and they get rid if Reid. Reid has kept you in the hunt for years…can wait until he’s gone and you find out how bad a team can be under a bad-medicre coach. LMAO…it’d be fun to watch your heads implode!!

  46. ham1 says: Feb 1, 2012 7:19 AM

    eaglebranded says:Jan 31, 2012 5:49 PM

    Just like he said with old Juan if you read between the lines you would see Desean is not going no where so all the I hope the 9ers get him get over yourselves. That defense had Michael Singletary written all over it . Even with Desean yall won’t make the playoffs again for years to come with Alex Smith at the helm. To all the no rings talk I believe football was being played before the Superbowl era. So I do believe they won championships before that time began. Greats like Chuck Bednarik would disagree. Teams get one or two rings in their 60 or 70 years of existence and they talk . Three championships before that era check your history folks , and please don’t say that was in the past ,because if your team doesn’t win the superbowl this year wouldn’t your so called rings be in the past ? Hmm funny some of the comments people make .

    That is a lot of egirl dribble. Blah Blah Blah.
    You thought your team was stacked and that got flushed. Now its back to the same old your team is eliminated from contention flap and bird beak chattering about your dismal lives without the egirls winning a SB. When you gonna realize it is not gonna happen? Egirls fans and players keep Dreamin.

  47. wicky888 says: Feb 2, 2012 10:28 AM

    Desean hasnt been the same since the Dunta Robinson hit last year

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