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Eagles Plan To Use Franchise Tag On DeSean Jackson

By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — DeSean Jackson said his contract situation kept him from performing as well as he could have last season for the Eagles. Long-term deal or not, Jackson stands to make a lot of money next year. 94 WIP’s Howard Eskin has confirmed that the Eagles plan to use their ‘franchise tag’ on the wide receiver.

The franchise tag doesn’t necessarily mean that Jackson will be a member of the Eagles next year, but it does assure that if the Eagles do let him go, they’ll get something in exchange.

Here’s how it works; by placing the tag on Jackson, the Eagles must offer Jackson the average of the top five salaries in the NFL at his position (wide receiver) for one year. Those salaries range from Calvin Johnson’s $14 million and Sidney Rice’s $7 million, and the average is about $9.1 million. After making that offer, the Eagles are free to pursue a long-term deal with Jackson, perhaps lowering the average salary over the life of the deal and locking Jackson up for the future. The Eagles are also able to trade Jackson’s rights to another team. If the team is unable to sign Jackson to a long-term deal, or get sufficient value in a trade, they can sign him for just the 2012 season. The Eagles would be able to put the franchise tag on Jackson next year as well. Teams can put the tag on a player for a maximum of two consecutive years.

What do you want the Eagles to do, sign Jackson for one year, sign him for multiple years, or trade his rights? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Ken Flick says:

    Trade him for the other Jackson! (Vincent) Then Vick will have a bigger target, with a greater number catches. Desean is a one trick pony so I would opt. for the bigger of the two!

  2. THE TRUTH says:

    DESEAN JJACKSON IS UNDERPAID! PAY THIS MAN HIS MILLIONS SO HE KNOWS THAT HE HAS JOB SECURITY! IF HE’S ON A ONE YEAR CONTRACT HE WON’T PUT HIS ALL CAUSE HE DOESNT WANT TO GET INJURED! A SMART MAN KNOW WHEN TO HOLD BACK ON TALENT! I SUPPORT HIM! YOU ALL WOULD BE MAD IF U WERE UNDERPAID! PUTTING YOUR ALL AT WORK JUST TO REALIZE YOU WONT GET A SICK DAY OR EVEN MEDICARE OR EVEN A RAISE! THESE EMPLOYERS INCLUDING THE EAGLES GET WHAT THEY PAY FROM THEIR EMPLOYERS! YOU PAY MORE, YOU GET BETTER SERVICE! PERIOD!

  3. Al white says:

    I agree with Mr. Crawford ditto, also I like Andy’s stats, numbers speak for themselves more so… when Mr. Vick & Mr. Jackson were wearing out teams like the cowgirls a couple yrs. ago we loved it. Well I did, It wasn’t until the TVcommentators exposed Vick’s issues rolling to the right passing and teams forced him that way and started slamming him to the ground, let’s slam Mr. Brady to the ground like that with a few late hits outta bounds, betcha that’s cause for suspension.Pay em the money, happy players play better , look at Brent Celek after last season I’d give him a raise !!!!!!! BTW all Sports celebs have an ego, we helped them develop them. nuff said for me right now

  4. Randy RDR says:

    I dont care who the eagles would get in a trade, or draft picks- as of this date there is only One Desean Jackson in this league, nobody can change a game like he can. This kid has always up to last year given 110 percent. He has a big heart, and he has played hurt many times in his first 3 seasons. Jeffrey Lurie, Howie etc, havent you figured it out, you have mentally hurt this man- he gave his all for 3 years, and you dont reward him for all he has done? He has no long term protection(injury with big salary) without the correct contract. T.O. told him not to play, but the kid played a bit scared and wasnt mentally into it because he was hurt by not being rewarded with a true contract of what he accomplished for 3 years. Pay Desean what he deserves, I promise you will get his heart back which will follow with his unique playmaking abilities. Reese said it best when his return punt won against the giants- with Michael Vick and Desean Jackson, I think anything is possible with this team. Number 10 is one of a kind, I just hope you understand that and sign the man to a fair deal.

  5. Michael Ziegler says:

    He is a very talented receiver but lacks the “drive” to put out 100 percent at all times due to an immature personality. Trade now for a reliable wide out who is tall and does not get upset so quickly.

  6. Lee Crawford says:

    PERFORM, Gary…PERFORM! Keep Jackson. He and Vick are a winning combination, and along with Shady McCoy, it could be a good year.

  7. Pie-rat says:

    Starting off you comment with (If the Eagles are smart) is a bit of an Oxymoron. Keeping him for a year under the franchise rule is the worst thing becasue that would look like we are forcing him to be here and he is all about his ego. If they are not prepared to pay him what he wants then they should trade him. This team need an Attitude adjustment big time. it’s obvious they cannot overcome a lack of ability to win the big one so the next best thing is to have players the fan like and support. Right now this team does not have much to rally around

  8. pete says:

    If the Eagles are smart (why do they still have Reid as coach?) they should let Jackson go…he’ll find another reason for not giving 100% after he gets his money…he’s spoiled and will cause dissension on the team…

  9. Birdman88 says:

    If the Eagles are smart, which seems to be the question, they should sign Jackson to a multi year contract. He is a superstar in the making and the Eagles would be foolish by letting him go. If Jackson is happy with his income he will give you everything he has to offer.

  10. gary herr says:

    Anyone who gets paid to do a job should preform the job. who do these athletes think they are when the have their dream job and because they are not happy they don’t do the job. when i hear i could have done better if i had a better contract. if thats how athletes want it to be then when they dont preform dont pay them.

    1. Leosden40 says:

      AMEN!!

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