DeSean Jackson was criticized at times for his effort and attitude during last season. With that in mind, he almost sounds grateful that the Eagles used the franchise tag on him Thursday.
“I am honored that the Eagles organization perceives me as a franchise player,” Jackson said in a statement via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I look forward to getting a long-term deal done soon and being an Eagle for many years to come.”
The statement indicates that Jackson could sign his franchise tender sooner than later, like Florio suggested Thursday. Tim McManus of the Philadelphia Daily News “hears” that Jackson will sign the tender as soon as possible.
The one-year offer will guarantee Jackson $9.4 million, which is almost triple what Jackson has made in his entire career. While he surely wants a long-term deal, this may be a case where a one-year contract is the perfect scenario for a player and his team.