I’m driving down the Atlantic City Expressway as I type this on my cell phone so bare with me here. According to multiple reports, the Eagles have used the franchise tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
The move was expected prior to Monday’s deadline 4 p.m. deadline, but it’s a reassuring development nonetheless. The move guarantees that the Eagles will receive compensation should Jackson not be in Philadelphia next season.
General manager Howie Roseman indicated the team intends to keep Jackson in midnight green, but the Eagles will have to pay him a pricey $9.4 million this season if the two sides fail to work out a long-term deal.
“We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that,” said Roseman through a statement released by the Eagles.
As he’s done on other occasions this offseason, Roseman complimented Jackson’s abilities.
“DeSean is a talented player and a proven playmaker in this league and we look forward to him continuing his career in Philadelphia. It’s our understanding that he has the same desire. We will continue our efforts on getting a long-term deal done with him.”
The Eagles must work out a long-term deal by July 15 to accomplish that.
It remains to be seen if Roseman is being sincere in his praise, or if he’s simply bluffing to drive up the asking price in a potential trade. Still, this is a move that had to be made by the Eagles and they made it. There’s no way the Eagles could afford to let a 25-year-old upper echelon receiver go without getting anything in return.
By the way, props to me for writing this without dying in a fiery car crash. That’s straight dedication to the craft.