DeSean Jackson has had an adverse relationship with authority recently in Philadelphia, frequently sulking in the Eagles locker room, and going through regular bouts with petulance.
Now he has a little bit of authority during contract talks with the Eagles, enough to give his agent Drew Rosenhaus some leverage.
The Eagles face a quandary with Jackson, and it’s largely a result of several opposing adjectives. He’s often disgruntled, but he’s also explosive, which feeds the motivation to tolerate his attitude for future gains, much like Philly did briefly in the past with Terrell Owens. He’s also small so there’s a fear of injury, but his game is dynamic, and he’s able to swing momentum quickly in the return game.
So he may or may not deserve to be paid. This is the problem that needs a solution sometime over the next four days before the franchise tag deadline. But, as Tim McManus wrote, even the tag and the roughly $9.4 million it’ll reward Jackson creates a problem in the coming months with the message it sends to Rosenhaus.
Rosenhaus’ demands are likely to increase. The franchise tag suggests he is a top five player at his position, so shouldn’t he be paid like one? If he’s worth close to $10 million this season, shouldn’t the number be equal – if not north – of that over the duration of the contract?
The sides have been speaking a different language for some time now, and it’s hard to see that changing.
This has become a headache on many fronts, and while it’s likely that Jackson receives the franchise tag sometime between now and Monday, there’s a chance that Eagles GM Howie Roseman medicates his wide receiver head throb by choosing to cut bait and tap into a deep market at the position.
The outcome of a quarterback’s negotiations could have the greatest impact on Jackson’s pay day and future place of employment. If talks continue to move slowly with Drew Brees, and the Saints can’t use their franchise tag on Marques Colston, then suddenly there will be a far more appealing deep threat on the market who doesn’t require nearly as much Advil.
And the rest…
- Let’s not kid ourselves about Hines Ward. Had he offered to play for free, the Steelers still would have turned down his charity. He simply doesn’t have the legs anymore, and was therefore released without even being approached about a pay cut. This was never about money. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
- The Ravens are expected to use their franchise tag on Ray Rice tomorrow, a move that’s become a mere formality. [Carroll County Times]
- Also filed under expected formality: the Steelers will tender Mike Wallace, and won’t use their franchise tag on their top receiver. [Adam Schefter on Twitter]
- Many people who are paid to talk about football on TV and laugh uncontrollably see Miami as the ideal destination for Peyton Manning if/when he becomes a free agent one week from today. [Palm Beach Post]
- After Manning and Matt Flynn, Chad Henne leads the second tier of free agent quarterbacks. He’s ideal for a team seeking a QB to push a suspect starter and possibly overtake him, but still not quite command starting money. [Alex Marvez]
- Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said that right now it’s hard to say if LaDainian Tomlinson has played his last game, and he’s “not sure if he wants to play again.” [Rich Cimini on Twitter]
- Should the Cowboys trade their first-round pick? [Blogging The Boys]
- This is the height of workout warrior hunting season, a time when prospects who looked good but not great on tape lit up stopwatches at the Combine, and now their draft value is skyrocketing based on their results in a few activities loosely related to football. Beware of the blue chip prospect in disguise. [Rob Rang]
- ESPN’s Paul Kukarsky has made some friends in Tennessee. [Music City Miracles]
- The dissenting voices are mounting, with coaches, general managers, and scouts saying that the Combine needs a major overhaul. [National Football Post]
- Jay Cutler on a future Dancing With The Stars? Make it happen. [Bear Goggles On]
- There is no truly elite prospect in this year’s draft at wide receiver, at least not one who’s on the level of a Larry Fitzgerald or Calvin Johnson. There’s also not much separating Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd, and despite Blackmon’s gaudy 2011 numbers at Oklahoma State, Floyd may actually be the best receiver on the board in April. [Mocking the Draft]