Report: Eagles far from deal with WR Jackson

Posted Jan. 28, 2012 @ 9:19 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

DeSean Jackson's future in Philadelphia remains uncertain, according to the Philadelphia Daily News, as the Eagles and the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver remain far apart on the terms of a new deal.

The hard task Philadelphia has in front of it is figuring out Jackson's value. He lit up the league in 2009 with 1,156 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, but his production has slumped in the two years since, including just 961 receiving yards in 2011. His four touchdowns this past season were his fewest since his rookie campaign with the Eagles.

Struggles aside, Jackson remains one of the better big-play wideouts in the game. His 16.6 yards per catch ranked second on the team last season, even if it was a significant departure from his 22.5 yards per catch average in 2010. The Eagles may also have personal issues to work out with Jackson, after a season in which he was pulled from one game for dropping several passes and suspended for another after he showed up late for a team meeting. For whatever it's worth, Jackson did help his status somewhat toward the end of the season, as he posted 203 total yards in the Eagles' final two contests of the season to help them complete a four-game season-ending win streak.

Jackson has said he would accept a franchise tag from the Eagles if that is their preference, but according to the Daily News, that is an unlikely outcome since they would have to pay him $9.5 million for the 2012 season under that scenario. According to Sportrac, the top-earning wideout in 2011 was Larry Fitzgerald with a cool $20 million base salary. Bills WR Steve Johnson, who put up strikingly similar numbers to Jackson in 2011, earned a base salary of $1.2 million, while Redskins WR Jabar Gaffney made $2.4 million.