Roseman Won't Tip His Hand on Jackson

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It’s been a long, cold offseason in Philadelphia. But after weeks without meaningful Eagles news, things are about to heat back up.

The Eagles have a two-week window that opens Monday to use their franchise tag on any of their impending unrestricted free agents. Unless the Eagles plan to use the tag on Ronnie Brown (lolz), the most logical choice to receive the tag would be DeSean Jackson.

Howie Roseman, who served as a panelist at a Widener University sponsored event, wouldn’t talk shop on Jackson, but did offer high praise for the receiver.

We feel very fortunate to have him as part of our team,” Roseman said. “We all have a relationship with him. Anything other than that, like any player, we’ll try to keep it between us.”

Thanks for the insight, Howie.

The franchise tag seems like the most likely option for Jackson and some reports earlier this week indicated it was a virtual certainty that the 9.4 million guarantee will be given to the receiver.

Roseman explained his preference to avoid using the tag–a move the Eagles have had used both very little and unsuccessfully over the years (see: Simon, Corey and Trotter, Jeremiah).

“I think you want to always keep your really good players under contract; that’s the way it’s always been–it’s been draft and let’s extend them and re-sign them, it just doesn’t always happen that that’s how it works,” he said.

“Taking out specific situations, just generally speaking, you need two sides to make a deal. It’s both a team side and a player’s side and so some stuff like this happens, you see it all around the league. You see teams that are using these mechanisms to keep their players and also try to sign players to long-term deals.”

So to recap: the Eagles like to extend young, talented players. Except when they’re one hit away from a crippling brain injury. And except when said player overvalues his longterm worth. But the Eagles love Jackson. Blah. Blah. Blah.

Like I said, we are on the brink of meaningful news. But we haven’t gotten there quite yet.

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