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DeSean Jackson “honored” to wear tag, may sign tender soon

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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.

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46 Responses to “DeSean Jackson “honored” to wear tag, may sign tender soon”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 2, 2012 6:42 AM

    I wonder how much of that $9.4m(or whatever it ends up being) he’s already spent???

  2. reidstinks says: Mar 2, 2012 7:01 AM

    Trade Desean and the 15th pick to St. Louis for the 2nd pick and draft RG III. Throw in Asante if need be. Then sign Buress and Mike Wallace.

  3. eagleswin says: Mar 2, 2012 7:03 AM

    As long as teams keep rewarding them, players will keep being distractions for their teams.

  4. mannynh says: Mar 2, 2012 7:18 AM

    From everything I’ve read, Jackson is hurting financially, and signing the franchise tag MIGHT be enough to get him out of the hole.

    He might be the happiest “franchised” player ever.

  5. bangitfootball says: Mar 2, 2012 7:20 AM

    This signing is a joke.

  6. diegiantsdie says: Mar 2, 2012 7:23 AM

    He gawn be rich!

  7. bangitfootball says: Mar 2, 2012 7:25 AM

    This kid went out of his way to help sabotage The Eagles seaon last year. He put a nail in its dissapointing seasons coffin with his childish attitude, his lack of effort, his unprofessional antics, his dropped passes, his alligator arms over the middle, his backstabbing and his greed and selfishness. So what do the Eagles do? Give him a 9.7 million contract as a reward. LOL, no wonder they underachieve.

  8. jenniferxxx says: Mar 2, 2012 7:34 AM

    The Eagles have a lot of talent, but way too much drama and uncertainty to win over the long NFL season. It’s just the weight of too many distractions. Takes a toll.

  9. sj39 says: Mar 2, 2012 7:38 AM

    reidstinks, uh no thanks. We need recievers not overpaid, crybaby-diva kick returners.

    The Rams

  10. mikebe1 says: Mar 2, 2012 7:39 AM

    Haha the eagles want someone to take the bait….n noone will

  11. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 2, 2012 7:40 AM

    Every team in the NFC East has got to be happy about this being done. Hopefully now they can sign him to a long term, rich contract. I can only assume the eagles just didn’t want to let him walk away for nothing, so the decided to pay this guy in one season triple what he has made his entire career up to this point… How does that grab you?

  12. eaglesw00t says: Mar 2, 2012 7:56 AM

    9.4 million earned
    - Federal tax
    - State tax
    - Philadelphia city wage tax
    - Rosenscums fee
    - attorney/accountant
    - money borrowed from Rosenscum

    I wonder what he is actually left with out of that 9.4. And I wonder if that is broken down into monthly payments, or if he gets the lump sum up front due to being franchised.

    I would give anything to see his bank statements weekly, like a soap opera :p

    Roseman, do the right thing and give the kid a 4-5 year deal with 25ish guaranteed. Then start on McCoy, because I want him here for life.

  13. 6250claimer says: Mar 2, 2012 7:56 AM

    This proves the Iggles are delusional. Dude’s a JAMF. As an owner, I don’t tag anybody who’s not a top 1-3 guy at his position, and/or a VERY high-character guy. Jackson is neither, and as for attitude and character, he’s way down towards the bottom of the list.

    Suffer on, poor Iggles fans. This is gonna be a rough ride. Fat Andy should already be gone too, but he’ll be back to run the circus again this year. What’s next – re-signing McNuggets?

  14. nickynick04 says: Mar 2, 2012 8:07 AM

    Where do people get his stats ?
    He was not in the top 100 in receptions according to NFL.com stats

    I do not disagree with holding out….do it or dont but dont cause trouble week after week….The NFL does not hold up their end of the contracts…ask Hines Ward…..
    But for Jackson….he is not worth this money over the long run…he better sign quick before they take it back

  15. mhalt99 says: Mar 2, 2012 8:23 AM

    bangitfootball says:,

    Let it go…..Giants won. New Year. Get behind your team.

  16. vegaskid21 says: Mar 2, 2012 8:29 AM

    Desean owes me money

  17. donterrelli says: Mar 2, 2012 8:31 AM

    Of course he’s going to sign it. He needs it to get out of debt and stop living on Drew Rosenhaus’ credit cards.

  18. bleedgreen says: Mar 2, 2012 8:45 AM

    I don’t understand why more guys aren’t like this. I can SOMEWHAT understand someone like Vincent Jackson’s position, but in the end, the guy got something like $20 million guaranteed. Isn’t that about what he’d end up getting on a 4ish year deal anyways? Especially when he held out for the first half of the season the year before, so he got franchised twice and made ~ $20Mill in straight cast for < 24 games.

    Guys coming off their rookie contracts that aren't making millions already (and that wont' be happening nearly as much now) should be glad to get a guaranteed 7-10Million dollars. 'But what about injury?' Son, please. Most Americans don't make $2 Million in their ENTIRE LIVES. You've got a windfall of ~ $5Million at one time after taxes + the probably $2Million you made over the last 3-4 years. Whine some more about how you need to 'feed your family' and $7Million for 1 year of work isn't enough.

  19. razorbyrd says: Mar 2, 2012 8:56 AM

    @bangitfootball:

    the franchise tag is not a reward, you tag a player so that you can have time to negotiate with him… the Eagles would get NOTHING for him if they let him walk… now they have the option to sign & trade him and get compensation…

  20. jagrbomb18 says: Mar 2, 2012 8:56 AM

    Couldn’t agree more..wow…

  21. fnslidevick says: Mar 2, 2012 8:57 AM

    Trade Jackson and Samuel to the rams?? That wouldnt be a good deal for them because thats a 20 million dollar cap hit right there

  22. riverhorsey says: Mar 2, 2012 9:02 AM

    franchise tag for a guy that pouts and plays half speed during the game?

  23. laeaglefan says: Mar 2, 2012 9:06 AM

    While its doubtful that DeSean really is looking at the tag with the proper attitude, if he is, its the perfect scenario for him to get the long term contract he wants after the 2012 season. If he plays his butt off, stays healthy and shows the Eagles that they really can’t live without him (or at least won’t want to) then that will go a long way to get him the deal that he’s looking for. Even if the Eagles don’t think so, maybe another team will. If he sulks and plays like he did in 2011, his value will just keep going down. So it behooves him to let his performance on the field, not his mouth, do his talking for him. Its really hard to imagine anyone sulking too much while getting paid $9.4 million though.

  24. bigjdve says: Mar 2, 2012 9:12 AM

    I bet he is honored. I am sure that all of his advisors have told him that he wouldn’t get nearly that anywhere else.

    It is like winning the lottery for him.

  25. mialto says: Mar 2, 2012 9:24 AM

    How can this guy even be close to being broke?

  26. richardhurtz says: Mar 2, 2012 9:28 AM

    reidstinks says: “Trade Desean and the 15th pick to St. Louis for the 2nd pick and draft RG III. Throw in Asante if need be. Then sign Buress and Mike Wallace”.

    Dude you are completely misguided on so many levels. First of all, why would the Rams want over priced Jackson or A. Samuel when they are rebuilding? Secondly, why would they accept a lowball offer from the Eagles when the Redskins are currently offering this year’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks PLUS a 1st rounder next season. The Browns are also offering TWO first round picks this year plus some higher picks next year. Get your head out of the clouds and back to reality already.

  27. kingjoe1 says: Mar 2, 2012 9:36 AM

    The Eagles want him to sign it so they can focus on other things. They have no intention of giving Desean a long term deal.

    Making 9.5 million for one year with contract year pending should give him motivation for not acting like a douche. If not, he will only hurt himself in FA in 2013.

  28. phillyboy20 says: Mar 2, 2012 9:39 AM

    @reidstinks- you cant get st louis’ pick and wallace, pitt tendered him which means you would have to give up a first rd pick to sign him….

  29. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 2, 2012 9:41 AM

    He better sign that tender quick. I doubt that he gets that kind of paper from another team. Unless that team has a bunch of idiots in the front office.

  30. vdaigglesfan says: Mar 2, 2012 9:41 AM

    Last year he made $600K being one of the faces of the league (i.e. SNF intro). I gotta believe most would have sulked much worse. Remember TO blowing it up in the 2nd year of his new mega deal. Or Chris Johnson’s holdout. Sounds like Desean may be growing up and showing it by saying the right things. Most would be complaining about the tag already. Let him prove that he has cemented a place among the elite receivers, then lock him up long term. Prudent move Eagles, good attitude Desean. Win, win.

  31. phreakin says: Mar 2, 2012 9:44 AM

    With his brittle body and alligator arms, he better hope he doesn’t get injured on the way to sign it or drop the pen.

  32. realitypolice says: Mar 2, 2012 9:44 AM

    eagleswin says:
    Mar 2, 2012 7:03 AM
    As long as teams keep rewarding them, players will keep being distractions for their teams.
    =====================

    Sticking the franchise tag on a guy while he watches other FAs sign multi-year deals with huge signing bonuses is hardly “rewarding” him.

    No matter what he says publicly, playing for one year at 9 mil with no guarantee of any future money if he gets hurt or stinks this year is actually the worst case scenario for him.

  33. t2live says: Mar 2, 2012 9:48 AM

    Yeah, I heard he is hurting financial and Rosenhaus is footing the bill for his expenses. He owes Rosenhaus a lot of money. This is the perfect scenario for the Eagles. It makes Desean happy and he’ll play hard next season to get a long-term deal. Win-Win.

  34. johnnyjagfan says: Mar 2, 2012 9:58 AM

    I think his response was his most professional off-the-field act of his career. He acts like this and plays well? He’s going to get his long-term deal and get out of financial trouble, which will lift that cloud over his head. Anyone whose ever been in debt and made that deal, closed that sale, whatever–that made them in the black again knows this feeling.

  35. shamburg says: Mar 2, 2012 9:59 AM

    *****************************************
    reidstinks says:
    Mar 2, 2012 7:01 AM
    Trade Desean and the 15th pick to St. Louis for the 2nd pick and draft RG III. Throw in Asante if need be. Then sign Buress and Mike Wallace.
    *****************************************
    That’s the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard and the reason you’ll never be a GM.

    First off, it would cost a heck of a lot more to get the 2nd pick than Desean and our 1st. Even without the Rams asking for the world, which they are, a typical year would require the equivalent of the 15th overall pick and THREE 2nds (check the points charts). Now add St Louis’ crazy damands on top and you’d have to give up that, plus Desean, Asante, and probably next years first rounder too.

    Secondly, since Wallace has a 1st round tender, we would have to give up our first round pick this year if we signed him. And for what? A size upgrade over Desean?

    Keep the first and take Keuchly, Poe, or Still, work out a long term deal with DeSean, or franchise and trade him and sign Vjax, Colston, or Stevie Johnson, and draft a QB in the second that you can groom.

  36. tatum064 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:00 AM

    All Philadelphia has to do is stay at .500, then hit the switch in November….

    The Giants proved that the “hot” team can win it all..no matter who they face in the Super Bowl (now that that the Brady “mystique” has been solved).

    If that defense picks up where it left off, it will be a fun race in the NFC East, Giants, Redskins and Eagles figure to be in it…..

  37. mancave001 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:04 AM

    reidstinks says:
    Mar 2, 2012 7:01 AM
    Trade Desean and the 15th pick to St. Louis for the 2nd pick and draft RG III. Throw in Asante if need be. Then sign Buress and Mike Wallace.

    ————-

    Yeah, great idea.

  38. mancave001 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:07 AM

    bangitfootball says:
    Mar 2, 2012 7:25 AM
    This kid went out of his way to help sabotage The Eagles seaon last year.
    ————

    False. No evidence of it whatsoever.

    “He put a nail in its dissapointing seasons coffin with his childish attitude, his lack of effort, his unprofessional antics, his dropped passes, his alligator arms over the middle, ”

    —-Fair enough on those.

    “his backstabbing and his greed and selfishness.”

    —Backstabbing? Greed? Selfishness? He was waking $600,000 gross. You have to be kidding. the Eagles are as much to blame as he is. You don’t treat a kid like that the way they did. They told him they’d work something out if he came to camp. He did, and they told him to pound sand. Instead, they gave the money to Namdi, Steve Smith and other FA’s. Tell me how you’d feel.

    “So what do the Eagles do? Give him a 9.7 million contract as a reward. LOL, no wonder they underachieve.”

    —You don’t get it. They either do this, or possibly let him walk for nothing in return. He’s still a very dynamic player. If you keep him, that salary is about right. If you trade him, you’ll likely get a good amount in return.

  39. gunpowderjones says: Mar 2, 2012 10:11 AM

    Hey Reidstinks, you’re going to need that hypothetical first round pick that you just sent to the Rams in order to get Wallace. Not that the Rams would actually consider that deal, but still.

  40. We'reFineThere says: Mar 2, 2012 10:12 AM

    The hate for DeSean is too strong. People have to realize the Eagles are equally at fault with their sign our own to peanuts or take a hike approach. They will always pay for a QB and a few big name free agents but never their own guys… see (TO, Kearse, Samuel, Peters, Nnamdi vs TrotterX2, Dawkins, Akers)….

    But really it’s not usually about letting guys walk.. its about getting these 3rd year guys to sign 10 years/2 million contracts and DeSean wasn’t having it. Good soldiers like Trent Cole you argue have been getting ripped off.

  41. newagerocker says: Mar 2, 2012 10:15 AM

    I don’t know all of the Thumbs Down are about. Everyone who has commented on this so far is right now.
    Everyone loves DJax’s potential. But I could never bring myself to buy his jersey and this season is exactly why I didn’t.
    I know it’s another hypothetical. But if he didn’t get himself benched for the Cardinal’s game they would have had to game plan for him and I guarantee The Eagles would have won and The Giants wouldn’t have won another Super Bowl.
    I honestly if Ronnie Brown didn’t throw the ball to San Fran and/or DJax didn’t act like a child The Eagles would have won the division not The Giants. I hope all the parties involved take that into consideration.

  42. upperdecker19 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:44 AM

    Hey Moose……Rocco…..help DeSean find his checkbook

  43. mancave001 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:49 AM

    If, but, shoulda, coulda.

  44. 123makarov says: Mar 2, 2012 11:37 AM

    While WR and CB are both positions of need for St. Louis, the Rams can’t possibly afford both Asante and DeSean. They simply don’t have the cap room. So, even in the fantasy world where both are worth 2nd round picks + their high salaries, that kind of deal just can’t get done.

    There are two scenarios where this definitely works out well for the Eagles:

    1) They reach a long term deal with DeSean. This is what they want to happen. Whatever my or anyone else’s opinion of Jackson and his impact, the Eagles would obviously like to retain him.

    2) They trade him, probably for a third round pick. You get something for what otherwise would have been nothing.

    Having DeSean play one year on a ~ $9M contract is not a successful outcome. The only thing in the Eagles’ favor is this is not what DeSean wants either. He could easily get $20M+ in guaranteed money as a free agent right now, and he’s probably worth it even after last year.

    Conversely, if Jackson has another year similar to 2011, his value drops significantly. If he suffers a significant injury, including a third concussion, his value also drops.

    There’s plenty of motivation and time for both sides to get a deal done now. I’ll be stunned if DeSean doesn’t sign the tender offer before Free Agency begins. To not do so would extend an opportunity for the Eagles to make a deal with another free agent and rescind the tag.

    For a long term deal, I expect they could agree to something back loaded like 5-6 years at $45M with $20M-$25M guaranteed, including a $10M signing bonus and some accelerators for making the pro bowl as a WR.

    Jackson probably wants closer to $35M guaranteed. He’s not going to get it.

  45. granadafan says: Mar 2, 2012 2:00 PM

    “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.”
    ===========================================
    Come on, Rosenthal. Just be honest and say it for what it really is. That is an agent/PR written statement if I ever read one. You should re-write the paragraph to say, “…. Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for DeSean Jackson, wrote a statement on Jackson’s behalf….”.

  46. jroman11 says: Mar 2, 2012 10:30 PM

    I feel like some people have been waiting to hate on DJax for quite some time. Finally, they get to do it. But why wouldn’t you want him back? The offense is built around him, Vick and McCoy. He’s never gotten into trouble off the field. There’s no evidence his teammates dislike him. Sign the guy, he’s happy, and get on with it.

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