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Eagles say DeSean Jackson has a bright future in Philly

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The Eagles are expected to use the franchise tag to keep free agent receiver DeSean Jackson, but they’re talking publicly about getting a long-term deal done with Jackson, not just locking him up via the franchise tender.

Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman told Philly.com that everyone in the organization is on board with keeping Jackson around for years to come.

We feel very fortunate to have him as part of our team,” Roseman said. “We all have a relationship with him. Anything other than that, like any player, we’ll try to keep it between us.”

Jackson’s numbers last season — 58 catches for 916 yards and four touchdowns — weren’t bad, but he wasn’t quite the big-play threat he had been the past couple of years. There was also talk in Philadelphia that Jackson wasn’t the most popular man within the franchise. And around the league, there’s been talk that a glut of available wide receivers could make it tough for any one of them to break the bank in free agency.

But Roseman said the Eagles believe in Jackson and want to get a deal done.

“I don’t think this is about leverage; this is about a relationship we have with a player that we drafted and that we feel strongly about,” Roseman said. “We feel fortunate to have a player of DeSean Jackson’s magnitude on our football team and I think the future is bright for DeSean Jackson.”

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  1. therealsmiley says: Feb 17, 2012 1:21 PM

    Now you’re going to have to prove it….with dollars beeeech. Hail!

  2. upyoursnfu says: Feb 17, 2012 1:23 PM

    Headcase

  3. dgforreal says: Feb 17, 2012 1:24 PM

    It’s always sunny in Philadelphia.

  4. notrelated says: Feb 17, 2012 1:24 PM

    Dj is done. His career was ruined after that hit last year. Watching the dropped td passes, alligator armed misses, and fumbled pr was embarrassing.

    Small wr playing scared isn’t a good combination.

  5. pixelito says: Feb 17, 2012 1:27 PM

    No one has a bright future in Philly.

  6. jamesmbell says: Feb 17, 2012 1:29 PM

    NOT TRUE! He said “DeSean Jackson has a bright future” PERIOD. Did not say “IN PHILLY”. Not saying the will or will not keep him, but they are keeping their options open.

  7. delshofner says: Feb 17, 2012 1:29 PM

    Eagles are really conflicted with DJax.

    Lots of talent, lots of attitude, lots of health concerns. Don’t really want to do the “big deal” with him.

    But … they can’t bring themselves to let him walk for nothing in return, so the franchise tag is most likely.

  8. netherscourge says: Feb 17, 2012 1:29 PM

    So did McNabb right before he was traded to the Redskins on Easter Sunday and so did Kevin Kolb the day before Andy Reid named Mike Vick the new starting QB…

  9. chowface86 says: Feb 17, 2012 1:32 PM

    Him and Plax will be fist fighting by preseason.

  10. phillyfan4ever says: Feb 17, 2012 1:33 PM

    In this offense, DeSean is a #1 reciever, its his best chance to thrive as a player.

    The only thing is the Eagles will mostly likely keep him this year then dump him because he is too small and injury prone.

    Use it and lose it baby!

  11. KIR says: Feb 17, 2012 1:37 PM

    Say what you want but the guy was a game changer and top 5 receiver his first 3 seasons. You say he doesn’t go over the middle? How many concussions did he get? The Eagles wanted the kid to play for 600k on his garbage 2nd round rookie contract and risk injury? They got a 600k receiver. You get what you pay for. End of story. He was already underpaid his first 3 years. If he had underperformed or been injured they would have cut him in a heartbeat. It’s a two way street. The Eagles should have learned their lesson from the T.O. fiasco.

  12. purplecrowe says: Feb 17, 2012 1:37 PM

    “We feel fortunate to have a player of DeSean Jackson’s magnitude on our football team and I think the future is bright for DeSean Jackson.”

    Whether about leverage or not, you can be sure Mr Agent will be saving these quotes…

  13. bangitfootball says: Feb 17, 2012 1:38 PM

    What well run team would pay a little 150 lb manchild with alligator arms who cant go over the middle and has a bad attitude that catches 3 passes a game 9 million? Yup, the Eagles lol.

  14. rectumdamnnearkilledem says: Feb 17, 2012 1:38 PM

    DJ…you are fun to watch. One of the most dynamic receivers in the leaque. If Philly doesn’t work out…come to San Fran !!

  15. jakek2 says: Feb 17, 2012 1:39 PM

    Please sign DJax to a long term contract with big guarantees and cap crippling numbers for the next 5-7 years.

    Signed,

    The rest of the NFC east

  16. titosanoxy says: Feb 17, 2012 1:46 PM

    Eagles don’t even have a bright future in Philly let alone that punk

  17. kspells12345 says: Feb 17, 2012 1:48 PM

    “Desean has a bright future in Philly” –

    TRANSLATION: We’re shopping him to the highest bidder once we franchise him.

    Sometimes, I really hate being an Eagles fan.

  18. phillyphever says: Feb 17, 2012 1:48 PM

    Hopefully it’s only a backup plan and take the tag off of him once they sign Bowe (highly doubt they would get what they want for him in a trade. Best to let him go for nothing).

  19. cav2ya says: Feb 17, 2012 1:49 PM

    Long Term contract, or franchise tag, either way, it’s a HUGE payday increase for DJax. About time. what’d he make lasts eason, $588,000.

    In football terms, that’s pretty despicable for a top tier talent.

    hell, I’d take that money though..

  20. NoPayneNoGain51 says: Feb 17, 2012 1:54 PM

    Hope Philly keeps messing with Djax head. Pretty much makes him a non-threat. GO Philly! Enjoy your last season Andy!

  21. okieviacal says: Feb 17, 2012 1:58 PM

    Bleech. I wouldn’t sign or franchise him! Just let him walk in FA and enjoy the compensatory pick next year. Small, speedy receivers are a dime a dozen in the NFL.

  22. lbdpatch says: Feb 17, 2012 2:04 PM

    Here goes jakek2 Eagle hating crap. Who Is your team? Man up and let us know because If It isn’t the Giants then they are losers also. Man up or shut up..

  23. cured76 says: Feb 17, 2012 2:12 PM

    This is welcome good news. Desean’s problems all stemmed from the fact he was really underpaid and everyone knew it. I’m not sure if this was more of a case of the Eagles just trying to get by on his value or if they were just letting Rosenhaus have it for the last time he represented a receiver in PHI but I’m glad this seems to be coming to an end. People tend to forget how hard he worked his first couple of years. He was the most improved player in camp after his excellent rookie year. But if he gets his contract, he better not Santonio the place up.

  24. djstat says: Feb 17, 2012 2:18 PM

    When Andy Reid gets fired next year, its keeping clowns like Jackson who he will be able to thank.

    Vick = Disgrace
    Jackson = Disgrace
    Samuels = Disgrace
    Reid = Jabba the Hut

  25. vdaigglesfan says: Feb 17, 2012 2:22 PM

    KIR says:
    Feb 17, 2012 1:37 PM
    Say what you want but the guy was a game changer and top 5 receiver his first 3 seasons. You say he doesn’t go over the middle? How many concussions did he get? The Eagles wanted the kid to play for 600k on his garbage 2nd round rookie contract and risk injury? They got a 600k receiver. You get what you pay for. End of story. He was already underpaid his first 3 years. If he had underperformed or been injured they would have cut him in a heartbeat. It’s a two way street. The Eagles should have learned their lesson from the T.O. fiasco.
    *******************************************
    You might be everything wrong in football in one post. Desean earned being a second round pick and the second round contract. I’ll believe you can outplay your contract and demand to renegotiate the day a player gives money back for not playing up to their contract. To his credit, Desean has lived up to his contract. Now he gets the contract based on his concussions and okay production. TO willingly signed a Eagles deal after forcing his way out of SF and the trade to BAL. Proudest day in franchise history telling him to stay home. If you don’t want the deal, don’t sign it. If you don’t want to go over the middle for garbage money, go load a garbage truck instead. And we wonder why players feel entitled when fan make this argument for them.

  26. ebeg420 says: Feb 17, 2012 2:30 PM

    I got that feeling the Eagles win the Superbowl next year……just like all sports, they sign big names, people hop on the bandwagon before they get time to gel (ie: Miami Heat)…….and then those same people trash them when they don’t win it all. So they all hopped off the wagon too fast, Philly gets their SB next year!!! Watch!!!

    Philly fans get a bad rap but I wish all fans were like them…..they LOVE their sports!!!! Passionate!!!

    They got the well deserved World Series….now they get their SB!!!

  27. voiceofrealism says: Feb 17, 2012 2:54 PM

    This past season….
    46th in receptions
    22nd in yards
    tied for 63rd in TD’s…..
    franchise tag my butt.

  28. 2dollarpbrs says: Feb 17, 2012 2:59 PM

    Can you have a bright future and be not very bright?

  29. pedrovillegas21 says: Feb 17, 2012 3:12 PM

    tag him then try to trade him, thats great,, depends on what theyll want in a trade, every team is not very realistic when trading a player (they probably dont want) for a draft pick, Eagles will probably ask for a 1 or 2..and then theyll be stuck with him or have to take a 4

  30. kaf39 says: Feb 17, 2012 3:18 PM

    he will if he works hard!

  31. haileli says: Feb 17, 2012 3:20 PM

    February-April is prime misinformation time in the NFL. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if they’re trying to drive up his value for a franchise and trade. Either way it is a smart move: if they truly want to keep him, public flattery is good for a guy with a big ego; if they don’t, they have artifically inflated his value. Good job either way. This, Mr. Irsay, is how you handle personnel issues with the media.

  32. pflynn20 says: Feb 17, 2012 3:26 PM

    Sign D Jax to an extension. Sign V Jax and trade Maclin

  33. jakek2 says: Feb 17, 2012 3:34 PM

    lbdpatch – You know darn well that my team is the G-MEN! Now what? I’ll tell you what…go get your shine box!

  34. sourcewithknowledgeofthesituation says: Feb 17, 2012 3:50 PM

    voiceofrealism says:
    Feb 17, 2012 2:54 PM
    This past season….
    46th in receptions
    22nd in yards
    tied for 63rd in TD’s…..
    Franchise, tag my butt.

    Wouldn’t be the first thing to do so…..

    The future is as bright in Philly for DeSean as it is for Kevin Kolb and Donovan McNabb…

  35. moochzilla says: Feb 17, 2012 3:59 PM

    When DeSean Jackson was signed for just one more year, he made a business decision to protect himself. That resulted in mediocre, risk-averse play on the field and a ‘so what’ attitude off it.

    So what team in their right mind would give us ANYTHING for a DeSean Jackson who, because he was franchised, remains tied to a deal with just one more year.

    Doesn’t compute. Unless he has a long-term deal he’s made himself untrade-able given his actions last season.

    Once again, the Eagles brass outsmarts themselves. Once again, they prioritize teaching the players a lesson about who’s boss over winning anything of note.

    This team has ONE win of consequence over the last 31 years. One.

  36. KIR says: Feb 17, 2012 4:01 PM

    vdaigglesfan says: Feb 17, 2012 2:22 PM

    KIR says:
    Feb 17, 2012 1:37 PM
    Say what you want but the guy was a game changer and top 5 receiver his first 3 seasons. You say he doesn’t go over the middle? How many concussions did he get? The Eagles wanted the kid to play for 600k on his garbage 2nd round rookie contract and risk injury? They got a 600k receiver. You get what you pay for. End of story. He was already underpaid his first 3 years. If he had underperformed or been injured they would have cut him in a heartbeat. It’s a two way street. The Eagles should have learned their lesson from the T.O. fiasco.
    *******************************************
    You might be everything wrong in football in one post. Desean earned being a second round pick and the second round contract. I’ll believe you can outplay your contract and demand to renegotiate the day a player gives money back for not playing up to their contract. To his credit, Desean has lived up to his contract. Now he gets the contract based on his concussions and okay production. TO willingly signed a Eagles deal after forcing his way out of SF and the trade to BAL. Proudest day in franchise history telling him to stay home. If you don’t want the deal, don’t sign it. If you don’t want to go over the middle for garbage money, go load a garbage truck instead. And we wonder why players feel entitled when fan make this argument for them.
    ________________________________

    Your argument is garbage. These NFL contracts are really handshake deals that can be broken at any time. Question, what’s the difference between a player demanding to Renegotiate & a team cutting, releasing or demanding a player take less money to stay?

  37. delshofner says: Feb 17, 2012 4:05 PM

    Tag ‘em, bag ‘em, trade ‘im.

  38. KIR says: Feb 17, 2012 4:06 PM

    If you want a player to give money back for not playing up to the contract, then you should also want a team to give large bonuses to players who outperform their contracts. Loyalty goes both ways.

  39. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 17, 2012 4:10 PM

    damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    Look at it like this, would you rather have DJax or another FA WR…

  40. sterilizecromartie says: Feb 17, 2012 4:11 PM

    I guess Steve Smith must have a REALLY bright future in Philly. I only say that because the Eagles paid him 3X as much as they paid DJax last year.

  41. sdffa11 says: Feb 17, 2012 4:12 PM

    If they really believed in Desean, they would have extended him last year to avoid the TO fiasco we went thru again this year.

    They need to forget about him and sign one of the other free agent WRs like Vincent Jackson or Bowe.

  42. lbdpatch says: Feb 17, 2012 4:24 PM

    jakek2 Ok you won the superbowl now lets see If the Giants can figure out how to beat the Eagles. After that Great run back for a touchdown and the win against a perfectly healthy Giants team in the last 3 seconds of the game I hope they sign Djax to a long contract. Wasn’t Vince young the quarterback the last time we beat the Giants. Remember OSI held out crying like a little girl and did nothing when he returned and some how the Idiot Giants are going to pay that loser a lot of money..

  43. jakek2 says: Feb 17, 2012 4:29 PM

    pflynn20 says:
    Feb 17, 2012 3:26 PM
    Sign D Jax to an extension. Sign V Jax and trade Maclin
    —————
    Giants’ fan here. That is a GREAT recommendation. Trade away a guy who fights through a debilitating illness for 2 head cases. LOVE IT!

  44. sterilizecromartie says: Feb 17, 2012 4:29 PM

    vdaigglesfan says:

    You might be everything wrong in football in one post. Desean earned being a second round pick and the second round contract. I’ll believe you can outplay your contract and demand to renegotiate the day a player gives money back for not playing up to their contract. To his credit, Desean has lived up to his contract. Now he gets the contract based on his concussions and okay production. TO willingly signed a Eagles deal after forcing his way out of SF and the trade to BAL. Proudest day in franchise history telling him to stay home. If you don’t want the deal, don’t sign it. If you don’t want to go over the middle for garbage money, go load a garbage truck instead. And we wonder why players feel entitled when fan make this argument for them.
    ——–
    Way wrong man. The Eagles played DJax this year. Plain and simple. If you recall, he was holding out and not reporting to camp. Then the Philly brass gave him the old “Come to camp… we will work out this contract thing face to face… we promise”. Then he reports to camp thinking they are going to do him a solid and give him a raise and they just hang him out to dry… all season long. They could have easily altered the existing contract to give him a couple million extra to show their appreciation… instead of giving all that money to a hobbled Steve Smith coming over from a rival team. Way to take care of your own Philly.

    Then you say he can now get a contract based on OK production and his concussions?? You’re cold. The guy risks brain damage going out there to play after multiple concussions and you are going to hold it against him.

    And by the way, you’re right. When a player underperforms on their contract they don’t give money back. They just simply get cut.

  45. laeaglefan says: Feb 17, 2012 4:30 PM

    “Whether about leverage or not, you can be sure Mr Agent will be saving these quotes…”

    Its obvious to me that the Eagles are setting themselves up to be the “good guys” when negotiations break down between management and Jackson/Rosenhaus. They’ll say “See, we tried to get a deal done, but DeSean and his agent were being unreasonable”.

    As for the Eagles having “learned their lesson” from the T.O. debacle, I don’t think so. Yes, its supposed to be a two way street, but is it? If the player “outperforms” his contract (however you define that) the team is supposed to tear it up and give him more money, but if he stinks the joint up and “underperforms”, is the player supposed to give the team back some money? In DeSean Jackson’s case, its debatable if he was even worth the $600,000 he was paid in 2011, let alone the millions that he wanted.

  46. andyreidisfat says: Feb 17, 2012 4:35 PM

    I say this once again on this site because this site sucks.

    Who has played the most games over the past 3 years

    a Johnson
    C Johnson
    Or d jax

    Would you be shocked to hear its Jackson? I don’t hear anything about Andre Johnson who misses half the year every year.

  47. lilrob10201 says: Feb 17, 2012 4:36 PM

    Desean has one bad season and everyone thinks his career is done.SMH.

  48. birdsflynorth206 says: Feb 17, 2012 5:05 PM

    If and when Jackson gets his money he will go back to putting up numbers

  49. goldrush36 says: Feb 17, 2012 6:14 PM

    rectumdamnnearkilledem says: Feb 17, 2012 1:38 PM

    DJ…you are fun to watch. One of the most dynamic receivers in the leaque. If Philly doesn’t work out…come to San Fran !!

    _________________________________________

    Ummm hell no! I’d rather be shopping for Colston, Bowe, Manningham, Meachum if available. Hell even cough up the 1st rd tender to steal Wallace. For that matter I would rather risk it with Vincent Jackson than Desean. At least VJax could get up there for Alex’s moonballs when he throws them.

  50. goldrush36 says: Feb 17, 2012 6:20 PM

    Point being we need a tall guy and VJax is the last on my list because of his attitude. Desean is totally underpaid for sure but we need to be able to run more than the go route

  51. jakek2 says: Feb 17, 2012 6:29 PM

    lbdpatch – Unlike Eagle fans who throw parades when they beat the Giants, us Giants’ fans can care less about your moribund team. As long as we are hoisting the Lombardi in February, you can continue beating us in the regular season with Vince Young or Young MC for all we care!! HAHAHAHA!! Losers you are!!

    How’s this for more truth serum….if we repeat, you will refer to this little era of NFL football as the Giants’ DYNASTY years!!!!

  52. jbalog3 says: Feb 17, 2012 7:10 PM

    Eagles fan here. A lot of you are basing his performance off of his headlines and box scores, but all in all, he will be fine. Things to consider…

    - He held out. Everyone says that makes you a headcase, but the man wasn’t getting paid. Djax had good reason to be upset because he deserved a new contract, but the Eagles had other plans last offseason like their little spending spree and giving Vick that lucrative contract. The hold out affected timing and practice and took his heart out of it for parts of the season.

    - He was banged up good portion of the season. When he wasn’t banged up, the entire WR corps was banged up so defense could pay attention to him. Considering there was a knee injury and DJax’s strength is speed, he kind of loses the burst that separates him from cornerbacks. He’s only “okay” at route running, so not as much seperation as usual. Just not as strong of a target as other options on the offense at many points in the season.

    - Vick was hurt for majority of the season and he played through a lot of it. We had a beyond banged up Vick throwing the ball and Vince Young throwing the ball. Not as effective as previous years.

    -I’m also going to take on the stats argument for all these concerns about how he is “done.” McCoy had a breakout season. His workload continued to increase (averaged about 20 touches per game in 2011 vs 17 in 2010 ). The ball was also spread around a ton this season. Look at stats below.

    DJax – 58 rec, 104 targets, 961 yds, 4 TDs
    Maclin – 63 rec, 97 targets, 859 yds, 5 TDs
    Celek – 62 rec, 96 targets, 811 yds, 5 TDs
    Avant – 52 rec, 81 targets, 679 yds, 1 TD
    McCoy – 48 rec, 69 targets, 315 yds, 3 TDs + 273 carries, 1309 tds, 17 TDs

    Now this brings me to a few other stats I want to point out.

    Target % by year:
    2011: 18.7%
    2010: 17.2%
    2009: 21.1%
    2008: 19.9%

    Donovan was throwing the ball in 2008 and 2009. DJax was force fed. 2010 brought a breakout season for maclin, mccoy, and vick returned to form. There were more options than in the McNabb years. Eagles no longer needed to rely on DJax to win games (ill get to 2011 in a second) and as a result, his numbers dropped. It didn’t mean he got worst.

    You want to bring up his hands? I’ve got those numbers too.
    completion % (completions divided by targets)

    2011: 56%
    2010: 48%
    2009: 52%
    2008: 51%

    I don’t have the numbers for drops and I don’t know how many of these passes hit him in the hand. All in all though, I’d say you can give and take enough that there isn’t going to be drastic fluctuation from year to year. By these numbers, his hands were better this year than any of his previous years. That doesn’t mean he has good hands by any standard, but considering he had solid numbers for previous years, the “bad hands” argument is ineffective.

    All of a sudden I am spending a lot more time writing this than I want, so I’m going to summarize the rest. DJax’s numbers from previous years are inflated because of the big play. His hurt leg this year reduced the big play for him so his yardage suffered for it. His TDs also dropped as a result. Taking all of this stuff into consideration, his numbers were fine. He was a pain because he didn’t know if the eagles wanted him since he wasnt getting a new contract even though he had outperformed it. Give him his money and he will be fine.

    I also said earlier that the Eagles didn’t need to rely on DJax to win games in recent years. Yeah, I know we went 8-8, but there were tons of problems this season, Vick hurt, first year D-coordinator putting Asomugha in zone for half the season, very shotty tackling by the secondary and LBs, and even through all of that they blew 5 4th qtr leads. Reason? Turnovers. We were in the bottom 5 in turnovers and you lose games because of turnovers. Don’t know what to tell ya about last season. Meanwhile, everyone who thinks the Eagles are done need to look into the last 4 games. There was some serious gelling and both the offense and defense finished in the top 10 in several categories. You must be oblivious if you think the Eagles are done because of one bad year.

  53. jbalog3 says: Feb 17, 2012 7:44 PM

    And Jakek2,

    congrats on your superbowl wins, but don’t kid yourself that you could care less if you lose to us in the regular season because as you know, the Giants lost to the Eagles very often for several years and usually in embarrassing fashion. Just like you remember your super bowl wins, you also remember that it took one game at the new stadium for a “new miracle at the meadowlands.” You’ll remember that just as long as the superbowl wins and if Giants fans aren’t bothered by it, they surely don’t show it well because you guys HAAAAATE the eagles.

    I know you are just going to come back at me about how we can’t win a superbowl like everyone else, but I know that in the past 11 years, the eagles have had one season where there were games that i couldn’t watch because i didnt want to see them get obliterated (the post superbowl year). Every other year they have been in the playoffs or can still get into the playoffs in week 17. So, the way I see it, I can say that with football being my passion, I can actually say that for the better part of 11 years, I have enjoyed watching my Eagles play and compete. In the last 11 years, just one bad year. The Giants, well there was 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010.

  54. jakek2 says: Feb 17, 2012 11:40 PM

    jbalog – Like I said…as long as we’re winning Super Bowls, you can have all the miracles in the meadowlands that you can hang your hat on. I’m willing to bet, you’d trade every single miracle and every single regular season win you’ve ever witnessed over the Giants for just one lonely SB win.

    By the way, we went 10-6 in 2010. How is that a bad year for us but the years that you went 6-10 (05′), 8-8 (07′), 9-7 (08′) and 8-8 (11′) you only count those as having one bad year for the Eagles???

    I’ll give you this much….you Eagles’ fans really have the numbers game nailed down to soothe yourselves from the pain you must feel every time Big Blue locks down another Lombardi.

  55. rollore says: Feb 18, 2012 9:35 AM

    Eagles fans will rejoice when Jackson’s signed for the long-term and the team wins their last game of the season….in week 17, errr the Super Bowl……Then, they can finally die in peace and turn off their XBOX 360, errrr TV’s *snicker*

  56. oldbyrd says: Feb 18, 2012 10:50 AM

    Seriously this is a tough call. If he comes back with a contract and plays like he is capable of playing , he is a tremendous asset. Takes two with him on every play. Remember he made 2 Super Bowls. I pick on Reid every day with his bad decesions but,……..He must be bought back/ he also makes the other receivers a bigger threat. He’s a kid that acted like a kid. My opinion is…when he’s paid he will be what he is supposed to be….a tremendous threat on every play.

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