You’d think during his second stint in Philadelphia and coming off a season in which he registered 18 sacks that Jason Babin and Eagles fans would be in perfect harmony. But in what has become yet another glaring example of the disconnect between modern player and fan, well, quite the opposite is true.
Earlier this week, Babin checked in with 94WIP’s Anthony Gargano and Dan Klecko to discuss his polarizing Twitter comments regarding DeSean Jackson’s contract status.
Here’s the full exchange, courtest of SRI.
How did this twitter issue start with the fans?
“I posted…I had something to DeSean Jackson about being franchised and I don’t think anyone – Dan [Klecko] you played. A franchise tag? First of all it is a lot of money, but at the same time it is a scary proposition because if you get hurt before the season, during the season… you know? They can release you and only have to pay you a medical, which is substantially lower. Maybe I am understanding that wrong, but the risk involved. At the same time everyone wants a long term contract. There’s the variable you can’t measure – the hierarchy and the feeling.”
So you were saying to DeSean Jackson congratulations, but you need the long term deal?
“I just said hang in there. Obviously he wants one [ a long term contract]. I’m assuming. Maybe I am wrong. I’m assuming he wants the long term deal. He didn’t get it. He just has to hang in there. Just do your thing and it’ll all work out. I am a firm believer in you go out there and ball out the first six or seven weeks. The media is going to be the one saying that and not DeSean.”
[In response to the answer from the second question] That is true and that is part of the system:
“It was only meant as words of encouragement. [Host: People took it as?] Like oh $9.4 million? No one needs that much. Oh yeah that’s enough money. Really…obviously money is a part of it, but when you get to this level and you get those big contracts it’s kind of like a status symbol. You are kind of revered by your peers, people, media and the fans. When you don’t get that contract sometimes you don’t have that notch on your belt.”