This is a topic I’ve discussed with many people this offseason. Although DeSean Jackson is a Pro Bowl level player, he is still signed under his rookie contract and getting paid no where close to the money he deserves. The Eagles aren’t obligated to give him a new contract, but the fact of the matter is that he deserves one.
Unlike Chris Johnson, who is in the same boat as Jackson, we have not heard a whole lot of talk from DeSean regarding his contract. He has been asked about it several times but doesn’t make a big deal out of the topic when it is brought up.
Jackson hired Drew Rosenhaus last year, and many people began to worry as he hasn’t had such a good running record with the Eagles. He’s good at what he does but he can make himself and his players look like real jerks until they get what they want. There’s no doubt that Jackson would love to see a pay day, but I also feel like he knows that he is developing into a young superstar and that a holdout could hurt him.
The Eagles still have two rookie contracts to get out of the way (Riley Cooper and Brandon Graham) so I’m curious if that puts Jackson on the back burner. What I’m even more curious about is whether or not they will work on anything at all for Jackson.
I’m hoping that they at least do something that increases his salary for this year, until they can sign him to a long-term deal. However, I hope they have something in the works.
No one knows if DeSean Jackson would actually holdout come Training Camp, but I’m hoping we don’t find out the hard way.