By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles have agreed to a five-year contract with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, the team announced today.
The team put the “franchise tag” on Jackson, meaning he was guaranteed to make about $9.5 million for the 2012 season. That is, unless the team was able to come to terms with him on a long-term deal.
“We are thrilled to be able to keep one of the NFL’s top playmakers in Philadelphia,” said Eagles head coach Andy Reid via press release. “DeSean is a game breaker, he has the speed and ability to score from anywhere on the field, and he has proven himself to be a big threat for our offense. Signing our own players was a big priority for us this offseason and DeSean was certainly high on our list. We are very excited about his future as an Eagle.”
It was said that the Eagles would concentrate on signing their own players early in the free agency period, and Jackson was the biggest of the bunch.
The deal is reportedly in the range of $51 million over the five-year deal, which will could keep Jackson in an Eagles uniform through the 2016 season.
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