This is a few days old, but I’m a tad behind in my Eagles reading, so I didn’t catch it until this morning. DeSean Jackson‘s contract once again made the headlines earlier this week. Thus far, he’s not making waves:
“I’m not going to panic. I’m not going to sit here and be a crybaby about it. I definitely know what I’m worth. It’s unfortunate, but you can’t get frustrated.” Added Jackson: “That’s what I have an agent for. … I’m not here to make a big issue out of it or complain about it because that’s not what I do. I feel my relationship that I have with the Eagles and the front office is a [good] one, and I’m patiently waiting. Hopefully, it will be done sooner than later.”
DeSean continues to be the anti-TO. No grandstanding. No bitching… yet. I’m not really all that concerned about this whole contract squabble because there is ZERO chance the brain trust won’t extend him at some point. Especially when the player in question is the best drafted receiver since Mike Quick.
The lack of a CBA is the main obstacle right now. However, if the front office really wanted to get a deal done, they could. Both the 49ers and Saints locked up young studs Patrick Willis and Jahri Evans respectively this week.
But Joe Banner is a by the books kinda Prez, so tossing DeSean a crate of guaranteed cash ain’t gonna happen. Banner will take the wait and see approach. If a new CBA is in place by next year, the two sides will reach an agreement. If there isn’t a CBA, get ready for a lockout.
Let’s hope it doesn’t reach the point of no return. Lockouts are bad news. See the NHL in 2004 and MLB in 1994. The NFL is better than that… I think.