For the last three seasons, DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles has become one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, doing it all on a contract that is peanuts for a two-time Pro Bowl pick. It’s no big surprise that Jackson wants – and has earned – a new contract, which is why he decided to sit out of Eagles training camp until he got a new contract.
Just 12 days in though, Jackson realized the error of his ways, ended his holdout and reported to training camp at Lehigh University. He’s in the final year of a four-year rookie deal and is slated to earn $565,000 this season. The team has stated that it is willing to talk to Jackson about a contract extension but the two have yet to have a formal negotiation and there is no deal in place at this time.
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, holdouts are fined $30,000 for each day of camp missed and although Jackson missed 12, the fines did not begin until last Thursday. If he didn’t report to camp by Aug. 9, he could have lost a year of service as a free agent.
Jackson, who is the 23rd highest paid player on the Eagles, has certainly proved that he deserves a raise. No player in football has more touchdowns of 50-plus yards in the last three years than Jackson, with 13.
Last season he only had six touchdowns, though he did rack up 1,056 yards on 47 catches. But Jackson is a jack of all trades, since he is also one of the biggest special teams threats in the NFL. He averaged 11.6 yards on 20 punt returns, the most memorable of which was a 65-yard return for a TD as time expired that beat the New York Giants in the Meadowlands last December.
Of course Jackson’s teammates are looking forward to having him at practice.
“I can tell you he's excited to be back,” Vick said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “He's ready to come back and play football this season, ready to come back and handle his business, be the consummate teammate.”
It is unlikely that Jackson will participate in the Eagles’ preseason matchup against the Baltimore Ravens this coming Thursday.
Photo courtesy of The Associated Press.