All is well in Eagles land. Well…mostly all is well.
Free agency is moving quickly, Kolb will be traded and we’ll have another good cornerback by the end of the week, the players are at Lehigh, and the rumors are swirling. Everything seems back to normal, well except for one little problem. Well, a little man who’s absence in training camp is a huge problem.
DeSean Jackson was a no-show at training camp yesterday, was a no-show again today, and according to Michael Vick it might stay this way for a while.
Jackson is on the last year of his original rookie contract in which he is only due around $500,000. That’s a ton of money in relativity to the average working American. But to an NFL wide receiver who is statistically in the top ten of the league, it relatively sucks. There are two sides to this story; Jackson’s grievance, and the Eagles stubborn ways.
Let’s start with the D-Jax side of the story. It’s hard to imagine a more exciting player in the NFL today than him. Over his three years in the NFL, he’s averaged 18 yards per catch, 70 yards a game and had 20 40+ yard catches. Not to mention his incredible elusiveness and excitement every time he fields the ball on a punt return. I’ll just mention the Miracle at the Meadowlands Part 2, in case anyone forgot in the last 8 months.
I don’t think that there is anyone who knows anything about football that thinks that Jackson only deserves $500,000 in this given season. He is electrifying and stretches the field better than anyone since the Vikings days of Randy Moss (part 1). However, everyone who has been an Eagles fan has been scorned by their ability to not sign players when it is clearly obvious that they should. Terrell Owens, anyone? And this is a completely different situation than that. Jackson is a drafted player, he’s not being paid millions to start and he’s outperformed his contract by leaps and bounds. We don’t want that situation again. I don’t think he would go as far as doing sit-ups in his driveway. Although, his agent is Drew Rosenhaus….Could we hear a new rendition of “Next Question”?
All of this hinges on the Eagles and their bull headedness. If they are going to let him play out his whole contract or if they are going to be smart and lock him up for five years. Santonio Holmes just landed 24 million guaranteed to stay with the Jets. Jackson will most likely (and deservedly so) want around the same amount guaranteed. Why wouldn’t they just lock him up now and avoid the headache that is undoubtedly going to occur? Unless they aren’t going to re-sign him long term (which would be one of the absolute worst moves in the Andy Reid era) why are they wasting time with this?
I wish for once, the value of a good young player could be seen, analyzed and taken care of before things get way too far out of hand. And it’s certainly not too late for Jackson. So lets get it done before this turns into something ugly.
Editor’s Note: KK hasn’t shown up either.
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