Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

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DeSean Jackson isn’t going anywhere, at least not until the Eagles can get something for him in return.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the team will place the franchise tag on Jackson. They may still look to see what Jackson could attract in a trade.

The news doesn’t come as a surprise. It would only be a surprise if the team and Jackson work out a long-term deal at any point this year. It is far more likely Jackson plays under his one-year contract in Philadelphia or gets dealt to another team.

Jackson said shortly after the season he would be fine playing with the tag. If that’s the case, he would be wise to sign it quickly so the Eagles can’t rescind the tag if they fail find a trade partner.

Philadelphia has twice rescinded the franchise tag in similar situations. They did it with defensive tackle Corey Simon in 2005 and Jeremiah Trotter in 2002.

The Eagles have room to carry Jackson’s salary, which is expected to be less than $10 million. Despite all the difficulties he had last season, ultimately Jackson is too valuable to simply let him walk away.

Especially when 2012 is the ultimate “win or else” season for coach Andy Reid.

84 responses to “Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson

  1. And here I was hoping he’d be a free agent so the dummies in MN would overpay this diva to come in an further poison their already diseased locker room.

  2. I can’t wait until the savage media in Philly get to interview DeSean. If he’s not happy with this he’ll simply let it show in his play like a little baby. Trade him!!!

  3. This is a risky move for Phili. He is obviously at odds with the organization. With his production drop off, Al Davis gone and Washington in the same division I think they will be hard pressed to find a trade partner

  4. The most overrated, one-dimensional WR in the NFL. Deep threat and nothing else. Maclin’s twice the WR Jackson is.

  5. Once he realized at the end of the season that his value was down to nothing, he realized that the Iggles even CONSIDERING to tag him was doing JACKSON a favor. He’ll sign the tender immediately. He was practically begging to be tagged back in November ha.

  6. While Trotter and Simon werent all that great for the teams that picked them up after the eagles rescinded the tag…David Akers transition tag was rescinded and he went over to the 49ers and had yet another probowl year!

  7. Andy Reid truly is clueless. Who’s gonna trade for this head case AND give him a new contract? Especially when they can get Vincent Jackson, Marcus Colston, or Reggie Wayne for nothing. Cut your losses and move on

  8. I’d be surprised if he remains with the Eagles. If he’s still asking for Fitzgerald money he’s not going to get it there. I’m thinking that the Eagles go after one of the other big free agent receivers this offseason.

  9. Jackson is a young receiver and returner with incredible speed. He along with everyone on the Eagles except Shady McCoy had a down year. PFT is right. You can’t let him walk for nothing. This is one time where the franchise tag is fair to both parties. Jackson will be working on a true long term deal so I expect he’ll give it his all. The Eagles already got a pro bowl calibar from Jackson on the cheap so they’re playing with house money.

  10. Logical, and I am in agreement with the move. It’s the interceptions and fumbles that need to stop, not a change to the djax maclin combo. That’s a good pair who already know the offense thoroughly. And it’s only a 1yr commitment. Good call.

    I’d still like to see colston, rather than bowe, in this offense anyway.

  11. You just can’t let a high character guy like him leave…of course it’s all relative, considering Vick is your QB.

  12. DeSean, the Eagles organization has bent over backwards to not take care of you and your family. I dont know why you didnt try to force their hand and let you go.

  13. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. hahaha how does a so-so punt returner drum up this much hype and interest?!?

    OH YEAH…..SOCIAL MEDIA AND ESPN!!

    after signing his contract, he should be booked for robbery!!

  15. I am sorry, I am not an Eagles fan, but I have watched the Eagles on multiple occasions this year, and if I had the choice, would NOT sign him back. He was first of all a distraction over the course of the year, whining about how he’s not getting paid, but every time he was open over the middle would drop the pass in fear of getting hit. If you want to get paid like a big time receiver….BE A BIG TIME RECEIVER, show that you aren’t only a deep threat, but can do the dirty work.

    To me, Desean is simply another diva receiver. I wouldn’t touch this guy with a ten foot pole unless my team was in DIRE need of a receiver.

  16. Half of you guys post need to turn the T.V. on and watch it for once . If I remember right he got a concussion crossing the middle. Not saying he goes there a lot but isn’t his job to stretch the field and draw double coverage ? To all the other people posting saying they want view or Vincent check the salary cap that can still happen. Franchising him was the cheapest way for them to go . Any day can be an athletes last why he can’t get paid for his services. Yeah I don’t agree with how he handled things . I also don’t agree with his sorry a.. agent Drew whom for some reason never gets the blame but seems to always be behind these young and old athletes that hold out and get there name tarnished. In my opinion he earned this money in his first two years . So next year when he produce to earn his next contract I don’t want to here you same people that are talking back on his bandwagon . P.S. I don’t blame him for being mad especially after the type of money they spent on Steve Smith sorry a.. I just wished he would have handled it better or had better direction. No excuses he his own man but when are people going to start looking at Mr. Drew who is always trying to get in locker rooms and destroy these young guys reputation at the same time feel up his bank account . Funny

  17. Eagles always trying to squeeze picks out of player moves. Gee Philly, the haul for Kevin Kolb wasn’t enough for you? Greedy bastards! This one will backfire though. They tag him, nobody will show interest given the wr free agency market…

  18. It only makes sense to tag him. Andy is on a make or break year. He has to go with what he knows. That means Vick and Jackson for one more season. They both have made magic before. They can do it again. People seem to be blind to the notion that 2011 might have been an off year for Jackson. Even so, he still came close to 1000 yards again. And still outproduced Maclin’s yardage like he does every year.

    Truth is, Jackson has to get more realistic about his worth, but that doesn’t mean he’s worth nothing. If the guy responds like he’s capable, he’ll get paid. And get paid handsomely.

  19. funny how quick people turn their backs on a guy who humiliated defenses on the regular. one bad season and now he’s a “worthless knucklehead.” the guy dropped CLUTCH passes that would have turned his crappy season to elite but he didn’t still doesn’t mean he’s worthless.

  20. Why?

    No one is going to give the Eagles any extremely valuable for a diva who is afraid of going over the middle.

  21. I do not care if he stays or if he goes. It doesn’t matter at all to me if he makes ten bucks or ten million. If he stays, then I hope he makes lots of touchdowns. If he leaves, the Eagles must replace him with somebody to make lots of touchdowns. As long as the Eagles have enough guys to score and kep the offense in high gear, I am happy. The players who do it are just mercenaries, the name on the back of the jersey does not really matter to me.

  22. I agree that Jeremy Macklin is a great receiver; he is a 1.5 receiver what I mean is he can be an outstanding number 1 or a 2. With all the great receivers in free agency why keep a slightly better than average receiver that’s basically a number 3 receiver, this is a good reason why Philadelphia hasn’t won a Super Bowl. Andy Reid has been in Philly to long they should got rid of him a few years back with the Owens thing and also got rid of McNabb then they would have got a lot more for him then, coaches like Rob Ryan in Philadelphia would make a lot of sense a 3-4 defense and a power running game with a great qb like Michael Vick and you have a great team, and Rob Ryan can handle the press in Philly way better than Andy Reid has and will. Also they haven’t had a leader on defense since Brian Dawkins left and their defense is an average defense at best.

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  23. They’re not going to give both Jackson and Shady long term deals this year and it would be the smarter move to tie up McCoy. He’s way more valuable to the offense.

  24. If he decides to start playing someones going to cake his brain again. Simply put with his history of concussions he’s more one dimensional than 2 yrs ago when he was supposed playing.

  25. Eagles should keep him…stop the insanity and develop a SOLID offensive plan that utilizes Jackson’s skills with the other players…in other words, a balanced team approach! If it doesn’t work next year, there will be changes anyway…

  26. Does this mean it’s another “Super Bowl or bust” season? Or does that never fall on the same year as a leap year? Between Philly and the Jets “winning” the Super Bowl so often, it’s really hard to keep track.

  27. Can someone please explain this move at all. All this guy is to a team is a fast guy who wont go over the middle and complains constantly. Philly is really gonne pay $10 million for a distraction. And unproductive receiver with a short shelf life due to his lack of height and unwillingness to cross the middle. Wes Welkers just as small, and he crosses the middle a lot. So does Victor Cruz. You know, team players. But hey, Desean Jackson isnt playing for himself right…

  28. mcjon22 says: Feb 12, 2012 10:28 PM

    Andy Reid truly is clueless. Who’s gonna trade for this head case AND give him a new contract? Especially when they can get Vincent Jackson, Marcus Colston, or Reggie Wayne for nothing. Cut your losses and move on
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    Yeah. Because the other team always gets the better of Reid when the Eagles make a trade, right? If he doesn’t like the offers, they’ll rescind the tag or keep him.

  29. If you look at Deseans numbers last season, they weren’t that far off his career average numbers. I say give him one more year to see if he can get it right. Sigh…wishful thinking

  30. what’s the point of having 2 big money receivers when Vick can’t read a defense? That’s why Celek had a good second half.

    Vick went back to what he does, look at his #1, then run around and find the TE.

  31. I gather Desean is the reason why the Eagles had such a poor season. Doubtful he deserves all the blame, more importantly I value him more than Dorenbos (longsnapper) that makes more than him. NFL contracts are made to be broken.

    DJax did not have a good year but neither did Reid whom has proven to be a consistently poor game manager. It was obvious from the beginning Castillo was overwhelmed, Reid should have took over the defensive calls when the games counted most but he’s beyond clueless when it comes to the defensive side of the ball.

    Some things Desean did not do:

    Hire Castillo
    Tackle someone from the defensive side of the ball
    Draft a LB
    Hire Castillo
    Place blame on Akers, McNabb,McDermott
    Draft undersized D-lineman
    Lose 5 games after leading in the 4th qtr
    Lose 9 out of the last 16 home games (10 if you include the playoff loss to G Bay)

    Everyone’s entitled to their opinion but if you believe 8-8 is sufficient see you next year same time same channel same complaint.

  32. ARE Y’ALL SERIOUS. BOWE OVER JACKSON? That fool can catch, he just big. Y’all rather go after Reggie wayne or Vincent Jackson both old, especially Reggie Wayne then have a young rare talent like Jackson. He had a bad season and still almost got 1000yards receiving. Have y’all already forgot what djack have done the past seasons before this? He is young its not like he is declining he wanted to get paid who can blame him. Pro bowl player makin less this 1mil a year. Only way signing Reggie wayne or Vincent Jackson would make us better will b if djack is still on the team.

  33. How many concussions has Desean had? The guy is a Top 5 receiver and game changer. He proved that over the 3 previous seasons risking multiple concussions. You all should be complaining about the Eagles not playing the man. It’s a 2 way street. Teams can’t cut underperforming players and demand players who have outperformed their contract honor a garbage 4 year 3 mill rookie deal. He’s easily worth 10 mill a year.

  34. Jackson made it clear last year. You can pay him but you can’t make him play unless he’s happy. He made it clear that the only thing that would make him happy is a long term contract.

    He’ll be happy to take your money but get used to more alligator arms and him only running deep down the sideline while he refuses to go over the middle.

    DeSean is one of the reasons this is a make or break season for Reid. How do you reward a guy who has done his best to sabotage the team because he wasn’t getting his way?

  35. They use their heads when they should use their hearts in some matters – Dawkins, and use their hearts when they should use their heads, i.e., Castillo. The Eagles are a friggin mess and it’s really hard to tell where in that 13 year continuum of Reids career in Philly that happened, but after the SB the team seemed to steadily decline, with bad drafts, injured free agents and increasingly hiring coaches from within the staff, rather than getting a fresh point of view from outside the org.

  36. Not a top-10 WR, not even close. Not a franchise-tag worthy player, not even close. Philly already has a better all-around wide-out in Maclin (if he stays on the field) and he doens’t come with all the headaches. If you want to pay $9-10 for a 50 catch, decent return guy, pain in the ass, good luck with all that…

  37. This just makes life a little easier on the offence. Defenses will still place their safeties 20 yards deep to cover the deep ball. All this does is create space for tight-ends and rbs to recieve short passes and turn them into long gains. Shady will continue to have room in the running game in order to break long runs. All this team needs is a defense…

  38. They already did this during training camp last season. Oh wait, thought that headline said ‘disenfranchise’.

  39. Smart decision for the Philadelphia Eagles. Give him his money but still leave the option of trading him. DeSean Jackson might not have had the stat heavy year they hoped for but he still gives that offense his presence and opposing defenses must account for him. You really think Brent Celek, Jason Avant, and Riley Cooper are threats? They get open only due to the threat of the deep ball and they reap the rewards.

  40. Based on all of your comments then Chris Johnson cried and held out and was a bust after getting paid. Osi held out and was a bust this year without getting paid,Let him walk.Lets not forget Revis. Djax manned up at the end and finished the season well.Oh wait didnt Vincent Jackson hold out and cry like a little bitch and we saw what a great season he had,Dud…

  41. jdrules6977 says:Feb 13, 2012 12:32 AM

    I agree that Jeremy Macklin is a great receiver; he is a 1.5 receiver what I mean is he can be an outstanding number 1 or a 2. With all the great receivers in free agency why keep a slightly better than average receiver that’s basically a number 3 receiver, this is a good reason why Philadelphia hasn’t won a Super Bowl. Andy Reid has been in Philly to long they should got rid of him a few years back with the Owens thing and also got rid of McNabb then they would have got a lot more for him then, coaches like Rob Ryan in Philadelphia would make a lot of sense a 3-4 defense and a power running game with a great qb like Michael Vick and you have a great team, and Rob Ryan can handle the press in Philly way better than Andy Reid has and will. Also they haven’t had a leader on defense since Brian Dawkins left and their defense is an average defense at best.

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    Rob and Rex Ryan together aren’t half the coach their father was. Philly does not want Rob. Look how bad the Dallas defense was this year.

  42. The actual value of DeSean Jackson to the Eagles offense cannot be portrayed through statistics alone. While he nearly amassed 1000 yards, again, he should be credited with an assist for each yard that LeSean McCoy ran for this past season. His speed alone scares defenses, and ALWAYS draws a double team. Shady wouldn’t have been as productive if DeSean wasn’t drawing a safety out of the box each play. Obviously Shady had a great year, but DeSean’s impact on the OVERALL offense cannot be overlooked. Additionally, check out Brent Celek’s statistics this past year and realize that he was also a beneficiary from DeSean opening up the middle of the field. Simply put, he is very much needed for the Eagles offense to fly.

  43. dontouchmyjunk says:

    That means Vick and Jackson for one more season. They both have made magic before.

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    What “magic” is this?

  44. The tag is good thing. As it opens the door to a trade. And if he doesnt get traded then it means his value wasnt high enough. So basically he gets one payday year and he will have to prove himself yet again.
    The problem was the money before. Now hes gonna get about 13 mill. So maybe he will put forth full effort yet again and stretch the field like he used to.

  45. Let him go now! He says he is fine playing under the tag but I think he is already spoiled fruit. His manager again Ruined a great talent and turned that talent into an unappreciated (Thank you for letting me play in the NFL and make excellent money)kind of player! Trade him and pick up Colston and Randy Moss………..

  46. Great move! This should be enough for The Empty Trophy Case Clan to win double digit games, with a first round exit in the playoffs.
    AS USUAL.

    New York Giants = Superbowl 46 Champs for a reason: not having LOSERS like this on their squad.

  47. during his time with the eagles before 2011, desean was responsible for many of our wins. sure he deserves money if he can put W’s in our record. we missed him this year

  48. n0hopeleft says:Feb 13, 2012 11:40 AM

    Great move! This should be enough for The Empty Trophy Case Clan to win double digit games, with a first round exit in the playoffs.
    AS USUAL.

    New York Giants = Superbowl 46 Champs for a reason: not having LOSERS like this on their squad.

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    Isn’t this the same loser that punked a healthy Giants Defense to run back a kick to win with seconds left on the clock. In fact the Eagles scored 4 times In seven minutes that game.

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  49. “n0hopeleft says: Feb 13, 2012 11:40 AM

    Great move! This should be enough for The Empty Trophy Case Clan to win double digit games, with a first round exit in the playoffs.
    AS USUAL.

    New York Giants = Superbowl 46 Champs for a reason: not having LOSERS like this on their squad.”

    hey dummy, Victor Cruz = DJax reincarnated. He is already crying for more money, after one decent year.

    DeSean did many great things for our offense and I believe he can continue to do so. Franchising him was the smartest thing they could have done. No way you let him walk. Now they can look into trades for him, and if that doesn’t work out, he is going to bust his butt this year so he can get that fat contract he wants. Great move by the Eagles.

  50. Jackson’s hand was forced when the Eagles refused to talk about the contract situation. He didn’t say a word last year and was praised for the way he handled it and received…. nothing. Then the Eagles went out and signed a bunch of high priced and underperforming free agents without taking care of their own.

    This year he held out briefly and was promised by the president that if he returned the contract would be addressed, but not during a holdout. What happened? Nothing. DeSean has been lied to several times by the Eagles and I don’t blame for getting out of Dodge ASAP. He has a QB made of glass and the coach will be fired anyways . Of course, DeSean’s behavoir the last season didn’t do him any favors.

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