DeSean Jackson suggests inconsistent treatment

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Two days after the Eagles deactivated receiver DeSean Jackson for missing a special-teams meeting, Jackson was interviewed by NFL Network’s Michael Irvin regarding the situation.

Contrary to reports that he completely missed the meeting, Jackson contends that he showed up 20 minutes late.  Jackson acknowledged that this had happened once before during his time with the team.

Most significantly, Jackson claims that other players have shown up late for meetings or missed meetings, and they weren’t deactivated.

“Honestly, I’ve never seen coach [Andy] Reid do anything like that,” Jackson tells Irvin.  “I’ve never seen him bench anybody for missing a meeting.”

Apart from the events resulting in his deactivation, Jackson seems to be disturbed by his unresolved contract situation.  Writes Irvin in an item appearing at NFL.com:  “The fact that the team spent so aggressively in building the ‘Dream Team’ clearly has weighed on DeSean.  DeSean revealed that he hasn’t been able to be his fun-loving self this season because of the distractions over his contract.  Now, we’re not talking a T.O. situation here, but he sees the guys around him being taken care of, and he believes he’s put in the work and it should be his turn.”

But here’s the reality.  Apart from cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and the new contract for quarterback Mike Vick, the Eagles didn’t really spend “aggressively.”

Jackson also told Irvin that “rumors” about people with whom Jackson associates off the field have kept the Eagles from making a long-term commitment.  Even if that’s true (and I’ve got a gut feeling it isn’t), the solution is simple:  Quit associating with those people until getting a new contract.

Jackson’s situation ultimately comes down to his abilities, the use of those abilities, and leverage.  Jackson currently has no leverage, and he’s not using whatever abilities he may still have.  After the season, if the Eagles use the franchise tag on Jackson, he can withhold services for all of the offseason, training camp, and preseason without penalty.  That would give him plenty of leverage.  (Of course, the Eagles could rescind the franchise tag at any time, making Jackson a free agent.)

Frankly, Jackson needs to quit worrying about the contract he doesn’t have, or he’s never going to get it.  Given Howard Eskin’s contention that Jackson owes a significant amount of money to his agent, it’s easy to understand why Jackson may be distracted.  Still, he needs to find a way to put that out of his mind, and to focus on producing like he did in 2009 and 2010.

24 responses to “DeSean Jackson suggests inconsistent treatment

  1. Elite receivers will go over the middle…Jackson is a loser, which makes him a perfect fit in Philly.

  2. Desean has never seen someone being benched, but Reid has been here since 1945.

    Correll Buckhalter was busted for pot in, like, 2003. Suspended for a game. Kearse may have been, too.

    Desean was like 12 when Buckhalter got popped.

  3. Some idiot franchise will pay him a boatload in the offseason, but down the line we’ll hear about this guy is broke not too long after his playing days over. He’s clearly an idiot.

  4. “Contrary to reports that he completely missed the meeting, Jackson contends that he showed up 20 minutes late”

    Unfortunatly, it was a 15 minutes meeting 😀

  5. Reid’s never had a team thats 3 and 6 before either. Maybe he feels they need a little discipline. When you’re winning, you can let things slide. When you’re late/don’t show up to a special teams meeting the week after you muff a punt that essentially lost you the game, thats a completely different story.

  6. I remember watching him in the all-star army game while being a high schooler and he tried diving in the end zone from the five leaving the ball short.

    I thought he would learn from his mistakes and not do that again, and he did that as a pro vs. the Cowboys.

    He still has a lot of maturing to do, unfortunetly he just doesn’t seem to get it.

  7. Maybe Andy Reid did let guys slide before but with the way they’ve been performing and chances that he could be fired with the amount of money and talent they have.

    It was obvious to me that Reid was trying to get things right and hammer into their heads its time to fall in line when this came across the ticker. DeSean is merely the 1st casualty.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if other guys get benched, made to run for hours in the coming weeks for not following the rules.

  8. Let’s see 1) Vick gets huge contract and not only reverts to his old self but becomes a fumble machine 2) DeSean is in a contract year and looks very average at best and is in full pout 3) Nnamdi looks like his best days are long over 4) Smith has done nothing for them 5) Philly is calling for Reid’s head 6) The population of Philly is miserable – yeah, whatever the Giants record ends up being, this has been a really entertaining year. Thanks guys! 1960!

  9. Cullen Jenkins 5 years $25 million
    Michael Vick 6 years $100 million
    Nnamdi Asomugha 5 years $60 million
    Jason Babin 5 years $29 million

    Over $210 million in contracts tendered just this year alone. I’d say that’s pretty aggressive.

  10. Nnamdi is fine – as soon as that buffoon masquerading as DC gets let go, he’ll go back to being utilized properly, and will immediately return to form. The defensive game plan against the Cardinals was worse than a sub.500 Pop Warner coach would have come up with. Larry Fitz sets up the winning TD by beating a safety? Where was Nnamdi?

  11. howley1 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:19 PM

    Cullen Jenkins 5 years $25 million
    Michael Vick 6 years $100 million
    Nnamdi Asomugha 5 years $60 million
    Jason Babin 5 years $29 million
    ===============================

    Sure, if you only look at the numbers written into the contracts to wow the media and feed the players’ egos. Vick has zero chance of seeing $100 million no matter how well he plays. His contract will mostly likely pay out $40 million, Jenkins is only on the hook for 1 year and $4 million, Babin for 1 year and $5 million.

    If these players excel (as Babin has), they’ll see all the money, but the Eagles structured all these contracts (aside from Nnamdi) so that it’s easy to waive these players if they don’t work out.

  12. The guy is clearly holding back in games and not trying his best, showing up late, and crying. Being a distraction to his team instead of trying to help them win. His production is down so why would they want to give him a big contract? His game consist of one route running straight down the field big deal get over yourself. They could easily draft a fast wideout who can do that and catch over the middle.

  13. “Cullen Jenkins 5 years $25 million
    Michael Vick 6 years $100 million
    Nnamdi Asomugha 5 years $60 million
    Jason Babin 5 years $29 million”

    and none of those guys is producing at the level of the contract either.

  14. Why does this keep sounding more and more like the script for Jerry McGuire II?

    IF you think he’s got a ‘tude now, wait til the Eagles give McCoy a big, fat, new contract while DJax is still pouting.

  15. I’m with Howley…to say that

    “But here’s the reality. Apart from cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and the new contract for quarterback Mike Vick, the Eagles didn’t really spend “aggressively.””

    …is simply naive at best and just plain stupid at worst. They also gave $4 million to Vince freaking Young, and $2.2 million to Steve Smith. Now, before you say “Oh, what’s $2.2 million?” ask yourself this…how much has DeSean Jackson earned in his 4 years in Philadelphia?

  16. So basically Jackson’s position is this: ” I should be able to do whatever I want, play however I want and still make top dollar.” Yeah I have a lot of sympathy for you, dude. 🙄

  17. Why would the pay top dollar for a returner?

    He is an okay receiver not for lack of talent, everyone knows he has it, it is because he doesn’t seem to go the extra mile.

    If he wants a big contract he can’t pout and not perform.

    If I were in his shoes, I would play my butt off, get to free agency. Let the Eagles franchise him if they want, he will get paid. If not, then he goes and sees what the rest of the NFL thinks he is worth. Right now he is damaging his leverage as other teams are seeing Chris Johnson all over again.

  18. All the Giants fans posting in these threads – especially east96st – obviously have very small and childish minds as evidenced by their posts here.

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