DeSean Jackson: I want to finish where I started

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The Eagles did more than hold a press conference with wide receiver DeSean Jackson on Thursday morning.

The team also announced that they have signed Jackson to an extension that runs through the 2021 season. The deal was reported at the time that the Eagles landed Jackson in a trade with the Buccaneers and reports indicated it has a value of $27 million with $13 million in guaranteed money.

After that announcement, Jackson took the podium to discuss his return to Philly. Jackson said there were no hard feelings about the end of his first tenure, which is easier to say with a brand new contract and when Chip Kelly is long gone from the organization. Jackson also said that he’s excited about his career coming full circle.

“I want to finish my career here. I want to finish where I started,” Jackson said, via Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philly.

Jackson said he still feels like he’s 26 and announced he’ll be wearing the No. 10 jersey he wore when he was actually 26 after striking a deal with wideout Mack Hollins to give it up. If he can make the same kind of impact he did in his first tour with the Eagles, the trade will go down as a big win for all involved.

53 responses to “DeSean Jackson: I want to finish where I started

  1. Pretty impressive receiver & tight end group-Jeffrey & Jackson wideouts, Agholar in the slot with Ertz & Goedert as bookend tight ends.

  2. Carson better be working hard on the deep throw. Can’t wait to see how this works out, now, if they could only get a half decent back…because the backs that are on the roster….ehh

  3. I’m glad Desean Jackson is back on the Eagles! I noticed many of the same fans complaining about the Eagles trading for him were only too happy to have a big mouth, malcontent like Michael Bennett on the team!

    Desean Jackson is much more valuable to the Eagles, (and has actually won games for them), then Bennett ever was!

  4. Mack Hollins isn’t worried about what number he’ll be wearing for the Eagles. He’s more concerned about wearing ANY number since Jackson will be taking the job that Hollins thought that he was in line for.

  5. Always funny to see the same fans who were trashing the same player out the door do an about face on a dime. Same Philly fans that were running with the malcontent and gang tie story that the team leaked to get rid of him now are like we never should have let him go 5 years later when he’s out of his prime. Too funny.

  6. As a Redskins fan, this bums me out and scares me at the same time. Djax was one of my favorite players during his couple seasons in Washington. Would’ve gladly welcomed him back. Unfortunately now he is a threat to us in the division. Plus I feel like he tends to have his best games against his former team for whatever reason.

  7. Electric player. One dimensional though. However, not much of a blocker or leader. Outside of a couple big plays- what’s he bringing to the table!?

  8. luckiest sb win in the history of the NFL… he will be limping around by week 6……well atleast Carson will have some company with him on the sideline when he gets hurt.

  9. 302EaglesFan says:
    March 14, 2019 at 11:47 am
    Electric player. One dimensional though. However, not much of a blocker or leader. Outside of a couple big plays- what’s he bringing to the table!?

    Uh, I’ll take that one….a couple more big plays?

  10. Excellent receiver with speed to burn. Produced in Philly, DC and Tampa under wildly different circumstances.

  11. Brobokil says:
    March 14, 2019 at 11:45 am
    Thats gotta sting that he wasnt there for their first ever superbowl win.

    That’s OK. He’ll be there for the second.

  12. realfootballfan says:
    March 14, 2019 at 11:33 am
    Always funny to see the same fans who were trashing the same player out the door do an about face on a dime. Same Philly fans that were running with the malcontent and gang tie story that the team leaked to get rid of him now are like we never should have let him go 5 years later when he’s out of his prime. Too funny.
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    I know, right? It is almost like the fans were lied to by Chip Kelly and people didn’t like DeSean anymore because of it. Then they found out Chip Kelly is a crappy coach, bad talent evaluator, and flat out liar, and then they changed their opinion of DeSean based on more information becoming available. Yeah, freaking idiots that can’t stick with an opinion they made based on lies. What jerks.

  13. amaf21 says:
    “He’ll be too scared to do anything against the Redskins with Collins on the loose!”

    Collins was not resigned by the giants bc he cant cover or tackle that well.
    He’s great against the run, not so good in pass D.
    Pure definition of a “box safety”. Try again though bud

  14. Sad to see him winding down, but we’ll always have that one time he announced nobody could cover him and then turned around and ran into a blocking sled.

  15. Glad my Lions aren’t in the NFC East – Eggles look formidable if QB solidifies and avoids becoming Stafford, which seems to be his current tragectory.

  16. Since I have’nt seen D-Jack play in Tampa I’m really hopeing he still has the SPEED!! That’s what killed us last year, no speed to stretch the field. Get it downfield Wentz and he’ll go get it.

  17. Djack don’t need to do nothing but stretch the field and he still has speed, clocked in one of the fastest plays in each of the last couple years. Stay healthy and run fast we should be good…an upgrade over the Torry smiths and Mike wallaces we were trying to work with. Glad to dust off my #10 for this year!

  18. charliecharger says:
    March 14, 2019 at 11:22 am
    Geez Desean, they won their only super bowl in franchise history while you were away. Do you think that’s just a coincidence
    ________________________________________________________

    While I am not a fan of Jackson it is laughable that you make that statement. Since Philly has only won 1 Super Bowl total, that seems like just a way to say you don’t like him. Because the last time Philly won any championship Eisenhower was president. Or maybe Kennedy. Too lazy to Google it. But you get my point?

  19. *a couple potentially big plays. Carson still has to get him the ball. The OL and RBs still have to pass protect. A tall order for a team that couldn’t do that for half of the season with 11 at QB. They have a lot of resources tied up to the wideout position. Agholor is younger, seems to find the end zone easily and is a better locker room guy. Outside of being a burner and a couple routes, not worth it IMO.

  20. DJax has always been fun to watch. Going back to philly will add a little pep to his step…hope he has a big year!

  21. Doesn’t worry Cowboy fans at all. Last season came into Big D and put up a whopping one catch for 24 yards against Byron Jones. It will be no different this season.

  22. Rimodawkins says:
    March 14, 2019 at 12:29 pm
    Brobokil says:
    March 14, 2019 at 11:45 am
    Thats gotta sting that he wasnt there for their first ever superbowl win.

    That’s OK. He’ll be there for the second.

    *****************
    No team can win with desean Jackson in their clubhouse

  23. lux36 says:
    March 14, 2019 at 1:43 pm
    Now bring back Shady and the Chip mess will be fixed…the scar remains but the infection now resides in CA

    ***************
    Eagles won the Super Bowl after chip Kelly got desean Jackson toxic presence off the team . So clearly Jackson was the problem

  24. realfootballfan says:
    March 14, 2019 at 11:33 am
    Always funny to see the same fans who were trashing the same player out the door do an about face on a dime. Same Philly fans that were running with the malcontent and gang tie story that the team leaked to get rid of him now are like we never should have let him go 5 years later when he’s out of his prime. Too funny.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Hey Bruh, maybe not the front office’s finest moment, most of the fans were perplexed where it came from, AND it seemed to fit their narrative when you watch the tapes on ESPN, BUT Philly fans have some great memories/moments courtesy of DJAX… like the miracle in the Meadowlands II and any number of diving catches across the middle of the field, not to mention the homerun hits for 40 or more… trust me, we’re okay with DJAX being home.

  25. A player plays his very best when he plays on a team HE WANTS to play for and not a team he is just getting paid to play for. I hope this ends well for both the team and the player.

  26. thetooloftools says:
    March 14, 2019 at 3:34 pm
    A player plays his very best when he plays on a team HE WANTS to play for and not a team he is just getting paid to play for. I hope this ends well for both the team and the player.
    ***************
    Eagles with Jackson never sniffed a Super Bowl then they get rid of him and they win Super Bowl awful move by eagles

  27. springfb15awsome says:
    March 14, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    realfootballfan says:
    March 14, 2019 at 11:33 am
    Always funny to see the same fans who were trashing the same player out the door do an about face on a dime. Same Philly fans that were running with the malcontent and gang tie story that the team leaked to get rid of him now are like we never should have let him go 5 years later when he’s out of his prime. Too funny.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Hey Bruh, maybe not the front office’s finest moment, most of the fans were perplexed where it came from, AND it seemed to fit their narrative when you watch the tapes on ESPN, BUT Philly fans have some great memories/moments courtesy of DJAX… like the miracle in the Meadowlands II and any number of diving catches across the middle of the field, not to mention the homerun hits for 40 or more… trust me, we’re okay with DJAX being home.

    *********************

    Eagles tried year after year to win a Super Bowl with Jackson they even assembled a “dream team” in 20111 and 2012 yet they never sniffed the Super Bowl with Jackson toxic presence in their clubhouse then they get rid of him and they win Super Bowl

  28. Brian Martinez says:
    March 14, 2019 at 3:44 pm
    thetooloftools says:
    March 14, 2019 at 3:34 pm
    A player plays his very best when he plays on a team HE WANTS to play for and not a team he is just getting paid to play for. I hope this ends well for both the team and the player.
    ***************
    Eagles with Jackson never sniffed a Super Bowl then they get rid of him and they win Super Bowl awful move by eagles
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    He was part of three playoff teams for the Birds. He’s being paid to play the role of stretching the field to open the middle for the running game, catch the long ball, return punts-maybe. Those teams that didn’t get to the SB while he was in Philly, had other deficiencies that kept them out.

    I think he is okay with carrying his 1/53rd of the team load, or the 1/11th of the offensive team load properly

    … easy to draw conclusions on very general statements.

    So GENERALLY SPEAKING, worthy noting that 30 other teams also missed the SB those years, most likely not because of a single player, or single play even- because those teams were deficient teams too.

  29. fordbw says:

    March 14, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    He’s old and slow.
    Nice signing, Eagles

    Sorry my man he may be on the wrong side of 30 BUT he can still take the top off a defense. Now they have SPEED on the outside and that’ll change the defensive coverages: Safety has to stay over the top (hurting run protection) opens up the middle of the field where the slot and TE’s will feast and then they’ll run it down there throats…….Time for some FUN in Philly.

  30. You have to love all the Redskin and Cowboy haters on here. Especially the Redskins which are trash every year. And for the guy saying Landon Collins is going to shut down Desean Jackson clearly doesn’t know anything about Collins. Landon Collins makes his bread and butter in the box if he is playing high and covering Jackson deep his is being severely misused (but that’s why the Skins are the Skins). Anyways he would get owned. Just because the Skins overpaid him does not make him a great coverage safety.

  31. springfb15awsome says:
    March 14, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    realfootballfan says:
    March 14, 2019 at 11:33 am
    Always funny to see the same fans who were trashing the same player out the door do an about face on a dime. Same Philly fans that were running with the malcontent and gang tie story that the team leaked to get rid of him now are like we never should have let him go 5 years later when he’s out of his prime. Too funny.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Hey Bruh, maybe not the front office’s finest moment, most of the fans were perplexed where it came from, AND it seemed to fit their narrative when you watch the tapes on ESPN, BUT Philly fans have some great memories/moments courtesy of DJAX… like the miracle in the Meadowlands II and any number of diving catches across the middle of the field, not to mention the homerun hits for 40 or more… trust me, we’re okay with DJAX being home.

    *********************

    Eagles tried year after year to win a Super Bowl with Jackson they even assembled a “dream team” in 20111 and 2012 yet they never sniffed the Super Bowl with Jackson toxic presence in their clubhouse then they get rid of him and they win Super Bowl

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Oh, I get it, the ‘Dream Team” argument, that was one season. And the Dream Team statement was uttered by 3rd string QB suffering from heat stroke in training camp…I’ll grant you that maybe Jackson was selfish at times, but locker room cancer? Toxic? These are semantics…the bottom line is that then, like now, the team is not asking him to do it all, the weapons and the team chemistry were perfect for the SB run. Call me a tad optimistic… I think he is motivated to make this last run with the team work better, more mature, and thankfully, just as fast

  32. @Brian Martinez says:
    March 14, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Eagles tried year after year to win a Super Bowl with Jackson they even assembled a “dream team” in 20111 and 2012 yet they never sniffed the Super Bowl with Jackson toxic presence in their clubhouse then they get rid of him and they win Super Bowl
    ==================================
    Eagles tried before, during and after his tenure. Winning or not winning was not predicated on DJax alone. Was his attitude always the best? No it wasn’t. However at the time he was traded, he was coming off a monster year: 82 rec 1,332 yds 16.2 avg and 9TDs. Granted that was a long time ago but you act as if he wasn’t productive.

  33. If his additude was so bad… then why did the Eagles bring him back and give him more money. How about the truth which is Chip Kelley was a horrible man to give charge over the entire team to. He just sucked and so did his teams so Brian get over yourself. Your not a true Eagles fan if you run the smack your running on this guy.

  34. if an incredibly talenetd team consisting of lesean mccoy, avant, riley cooper, desean jackson, celek. jason peters, jason kelce, lane johnson, ertz, evan mathis, fletcher cox, trent cole, brandan graham couldnt sniff a superbowl with desean in their locker room. no team can

  35. springfb15awsome says:
    March 14, 2019 at 4:33 pm
    springfb15awsome says:
    March 14, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    realfootballfan says:
    March 14, 2019 at 11:33 am
    Always funny to see the same fans who were trashing the same player out the door do an about face on a dime. Same Philly fans that were running with the malcontent and gang tie story that the team leaked to get rid of him now are like we never should have let him go 5 years later when he’s out of his prime. Too funny.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Hey Bruh, maybe not the front office’s finest moment, most of the fans were perplexed where it came from, AND it seemed to fit their narrative when you watch the tapes on ESPN, BUT Philly fans have some great memories/moments courtesy of DJAX… like the miracle in the Meadowlands II and any number of diving catches across the middle of the field, not to mention the homerun hits for 40 or more… trust me, we’re okay with DJAX being home.

    *********************

    Eagles tried year after year to win a Super Bowl with Jackson they even assembled a “dream team” in 20111 and 2012 yet they never sniffed the Super Bowl with Jackson toxic presence in their clubhouse then they get rid of him and they win Super Bowl

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Oh, I get it, the ‘Dream Team” argument, that was one season. And the Dream Team statement was uttered by 3rd string QB suffering from heat stroke in training camp…I’ll grant you that maybe Jackson was selfish at times, but locker room cancer? Toxic? These are semantics…the bottom line is that then, like now, the team is not asking him to do it all, the weapons and the team chemistry were perfect for the SB run. Call me a tad optimistic… I think he is motivated to make this last run with the team work better, more mature, and thankfully, just as fast

    **************
    The eagles had 11 of the top 50 players in football in 2011 and didn’t even win 9 games with Jackson infecting the locker room. No team can succeed with Jackson

  36. skawh says:
    March 14, 2019 at 8:43 pm
    And currently, Dallas does not have a safety that can cover him!
    ********
    Eagles with Jackson never made super bowl eagles without Jackson won super bowl enjoy never sniffing another super bowl with DeSean in your locker room

  37. thetooloftools says:
    March 14, 2019 at 4:58 pm
    If his additude was so bad… then why did the Eagles bring him back and give him more money. How about the truth which is Chip Kelley was a horrible man to give charge over the entire team to. He just sucked and so did his teams so Brian get over yourself. Your not a true Eagles fan if you run the smack your running on this guy.
    *********
    Because they have an awful Gm named ROSeman who got rid of foles he’s the same Gm that have MichaEl Vick 100 million dollars he has no clue about chemistry and intangibles bringing back Jackson is the worst move in eagles history

  38. realfootballfan says:
    March 14, 2019 at 11:33 am
    Always funny to see the same fans who were trashing the same player out the door do an about face on a dime. Same Philly fans that were running with the malcontent and gang tie story that the team leaked to get rid of him now are like we never should have let him go 5 years later when he’s out of his prime. Too funny.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Hey Bruh, maybe not the front office’s finest moment, most of the fans were perplexed where it came from, AND it seemed to fit their narrative when you watch the tapes on ESPN, BUT Philly fans have some great memories/moments courtesy of DJAX… like the miracle in the Meadowlands II and any number of diving catches across the middle of the field, not to mention the homerun hits for 40 or more… trust me, we’re okay with DJAX being home.

    *********************

    Eagles tried year after year to win a Super Bowl with Jackson they even assembled a “dream team” in 20111 and 2012 yet they never sniffed the Super Bowl with Jackson toxic presence in their clubhouse then they get rid of him and they win Super Bowl

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Oh, I get it, the ‘Dream Team” argument, that was one season. And the Dream Team statement was uttered by 3rd string QB suffering from heat stroke in training camp…I’ll grant you that maybe Jackson was selfish at times, but locker room cancer? Toxic? These are semantics…the bottom line is that then, like now, the team is not asking him to do it all, the weapons and the team chemistry were perfect for the SB run. Call me a tad optimistic… I think he is motivated to make this last run with the team work better, more mature, and thankfully, just as fast

    **************
    The eagles had 11 of the top 50 players in football in 2011 and didn’t even win 9 games with Jackson infecting the locker room. No team can succeed with Jackson
    ******************
    I’ll give you this, he was benched in the 4th quarter of the Pats game for dropping two TD passes-that would have won the game. That game would have possibly won the division- or went to tie-breakers. Was it DJAX’s fault that the DC was a first timer coaching defense at any level… the newly acquired CBs were very bad a tackling- thus YAC and TDs for opposing offenses. Babin, for example was only looking to sack the QB in a wide 9 config with a D-line coach undermining the DC all season? That Babin did not address the run or set the edge. BTW, the offense scored more points than the division leader, and gave up 72 fewer points on defense,and the division leader beat the vaunted Pats in the SB. One game out of 1st place in at least that year, a tough NFC East 8-8.

    11 of the top 50? Well, 3 Pro Bowlers, yes -the other 8? Jackson did have issues that season, but to blame all the issues on 1/53rd of the team? I just don’t buy your narrative- There were other diseases in that locker room, arm-tacklitus, Ijustgotpaiditis from said corners and free agents, poor execution of the wide 9, carping between coaches (except Howard Mudd, he was a class act) so he was one of MANY reason for the failures of that season. (I just think locker room cancer is harsh and not quite how it should be depicted)

    IMHO, Chip Kelly put out a narrative on that guy and many folks seem to believe it after the fact, it was convenient to disparage the player- when the real problem was coaching.

    Here’s a suggestion, let’s see how it works out over the the next 2 years … you might be right-we don’t know yet, but I think this is different, welcome back DJAX.

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