Earlier this week, Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson said he wants a new contract. Then he said he merely was answering a question when he said he wants a new contract, which apparently was supposed to insulate him from saying he wants a new contract.
It ultimately doesn’t matter whether he wants a new contract. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jackson isn’t getting one.
Technically, the report is that a new contract is “unlikely.” And for good reason. Jackson will earn $10.5 million in 2014. Given the market for receivers, he hasn’t outperformed his current deal.
Besides, he has three years left on a contract that was signed only two years ago. It’s not time to tear up his contract and replace it.
While it’s also possible that Jackson will be given a large chunk of his base salary as an offseason signing bonus in order to reduce his cap $12.5 million cap number this year, McLane says that’s also “unlikely.”
The Eagles don’t have to play that game. They rarely have cap issues. They don’t need to artificially reduce Jackson’s cap number in 2014 by pushing some of the dollars to 2015 and beyond.
So there won’t be a new contract. Or a restructured contract. Or anything other than a workout bonus of $250,000 and weekly game checks in the amount of $602,941.17.