Report: Eagles plan to franchise DeSean Jackson
DeSean Jackson isn’t going anyplace, at least not until the Eagles can get something for him in return.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the team will spot the franchise tag on Jackson. They may still appear to see what Jackson could attract in a trade.
The news doesn’t come as a surprise. It would only be a surprise if the team and Jackson work out a extended-term deal at any point this year. It is far much more likely Jackson plays below his 1-year contract in Philadelphia or gets dealt to yet another team.
Jackson said shortly right after the season he would be fine playing with the tag. If that’s the case, he would be wise to sign it quickly so the Eagles can’t rescind the tag if they fail locate a trade partner.
Philadelphia has twice rescinded the franchise tag in related scenarios. They did it with defensive tackle Corey Simon in 2005 and Jeremiah Trotter in 2002.
The Eagles have space to carry Jackson’s salary, which is expected to be much less than $ 10 million. Despite all the issues he had last season, ultimately Jackson is too useful to merely let him walk away.
Especially when 2012 is the ultimate “win or else” season for coach Andy Reid.
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