There’s no doubt DeSean Jackson is an explosive player.
There’s no doubt that there are some pressing questions regarding his long-term production and ability to stay healthy.
And there’s absolutely no doubt that Jackson’s maturity and attitude are a big question mark.
So I get both sides of what has become an increasingly heated debate over what the Eagles should do with the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.
But for those that suggest franchising Jackson is a mistake–that they should simply let him walk, well, that’s insane.
The Eagles are in no position as a team that needs to win, and win now, to let a premier 25-year-old wide receiver walk out of town without receiving hefty compensation.
And really, what’s the worst case scenario here? The Eagles pay a guy they are apparently hesitant to lock up long-term for one more year (a year of his prime, by the way) in exchange for a not ideal, but still manageable $9.4 million.
Those that posit Jackson will “dog it” because he was franchised? Come on. It makes no sense.
He’s already gone on record to apologize for being a distraction last season, and says he’s “honored” to receive the tag. Skeptical about Jackson’s words being mere lip service? Fair enough. Then condiser this.
There’s simply no way he’d let his production drop for a second straight year as he enters free agency in 2013. Let’s be serious here. There’s too much at stake for Jackson to not play and produce at the level of which he’s capable.
The Eagles’ move to franchise Jackson was the right move, regardless if he’s here for one year or five years, and it’s the right move even if he’s not here at all.