This really comes as no surprise, particularly since Eagles WR DeSean Jackson has admitted it–several times–but that whole contract squabble with his employer a year ago? Well, it sort of impacted his play. But worry not, says Jackson, because now that the ink has tried on a lucrative extension he’s ready to go.
In an interview with ESPN.com’s Lisa Salters, Jackson says that he attempted to protect himself from injury because of the lack of financial security.
“I let it get to me, even though I tried not to let it,” Jackson said. “I was trying to protect myself from getting hurt — now I’m just giving it all.”
Jackson has previously admitted to not giving a full effort, whether it was after his Week 10 benching last season against the Arizona Cardinals, and after a Week 17 victory over the Redskins.
“I can admit to certain things affecting me during the season. I just kind of want to apologize or whatever the case may be,” Jackson said the time. “I probably could have handled it a little different, but now sitting here after the season’s over, I can just say I was able to put it behind me and really just fight for my teammates. Fight for this organization – just really knowing something good out of this situation was going to happen. I was able to finally get to that and just move forward. We’ll see how it plays out.”
It’s nice to hear that Jackson has his head on straight because they need him to limit distractions and return to the form that’s made him a two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver. But some still may question Jackson’s overall toughness. Plenty of players have played effectively and at full throttle despite being displeased with their contract. The hunch here is that Jackson will have an opportunity to bury any lingering ill will regarding his mediocre 2011 season with a big performance this year.