2012 NFL Free Agents: Philadelphia Eagles Will Regret Keeping DeSean Jackson
Jackson is one of the most electrifying players in the NFL, but he's also one of the most disgruntled. His talents no longer outweigh the baggage that he brings to the Eagles and that is why Philly brass should decline to bring him back.
Here are 10 reasons why the Eagles should let Jackson test the waters of free agency in 2012.
1. Poor Attitude
It's safe to say that nobody knows what goes on in DeSean Jackson's head when he does things like cost his team 50 yards because he threw the ball at the opposing team's defensive coordinator.
Here is another instance of Jackson not being able to control himself on the field.
Last season it was painfully obvious that Jackson was more concerned with his individual performance and getting a new contract than he was with winning. According to NBCSports via a team source, Jackson was "perceived as moping and pouting and generally being more concerned about his contract than helping the team win games."
That sounds about right. Childish DeSean Jackson moping around the sidelines because Michael Vick missed him on a go-route.
2. Drew Rosenhaus
Drew Rosenhaus, Jackson's agent, is notorious for getting his clients excessive contracts that they did not earn. That quality makes him popular among the players, but disliked by front office personnel.
On top of that, Jackson owes Rosenhaus money. The man is in six-figure debt to his own agent. Can you say conflict of interest? It would be safe to assume that Rosenhaus is going to be pushing for the biggest contract he can get for Jackson.
According to reports, Jackson has been using a credit card provided by Rosenhaus to pay for expenses. Maybe Jackson shouldn't have held out last season if he didn't have any money to pay for the fines.
3. Relationship with Andy Reid
While Andy Reid can shoulder some of the blame for letting DeSean Jackson become what he has, a coach can only deal with so much.
A player who wants to get a big contract should not be dropping touchdown passes or missing mandatory meetings. Doing so won't put you in the good graces of your head coach, but rather in the dog house.
4. Team Chemistry
Jackson's attitude doesn't just impact his performance, it is detrimental to the chemistry of the team. Chemistry was one of the main problems for the Eagles last season with all the new players who signed on and Jackson is one of the weakest links.
After Jackson missed that special teams meeting prior to the game against the Cardinals, he told reporters that he was not the only one who missed it and didn't think it was fair that he was the one suspended.
One of the best players on the team should not be throwing his other teammates under the bus. The Eagles want to be considered a championship-caliber team and selling out other teammates is not the way to make that happen.
5. He's Scared to Get Hit
If you've ever seen DeSean Jackson step on a football field, you know the last thing he wants to do is get hit. He has the typical case of alligator arms, across the middle or not. He's always giving himself up instead of fighting for more yardage.
He's undersized at 5'10" 175 pounds, but he's been playing football for a long time now so he should know how to take a hit.
Putting forth any effort less than your best is unacceptable.
6. His Head Isn't Always in the Game
“That’s the No. 1 priority is to stay healthy,” said Jackson. “I wouldn’t be able to play the game if I wasn’t healthy. In my book, that’s the No. 1 priority. Winning is next in that category. As long as I’m healthy and we’re winning, regardless of my numbers, I think I’ll be very happy.”
You can't blame him for trying to not get injured, but an athlete shouldn't just come out and say that. It sends the wrong message to his teammates that he's not all in for them. It also hints that Jackson is more concerned with getting the big payday than winning.
7. Off-Field Incidents
Jackson has had his fair share of off-field problems to go with his on-field actions.
In January, Jackson had to issue a public apology for an outburst at an autograph signing in which he went into a profanity-laced tirade in front of a child.
Last June, during a radio appearance on the All Out Show with Rude Jude and Lord Sear, he went at a caller with a homophobic slur.
He also walked out on reporters during a post-game interview. We also mentioned that missed special teams meeting a couple of times.
That's hardly a way for a two-time Pro Bowler to conduct himself, especially when he's pushing for a huge contract.
8. The Eagles Will Overpay for Him
If the Eagles choose to franchise the 25-year-old receiver before the 2012 season, they'll owe him somewhere around $9.5 million. Franchising Jackson doesn't give him the long-term deal that he wants, meaning his commitment to the organization could be minimal.
You never know which DeSean Jackson you're going to get. You could get the star receiver who is an explosive offensive weapon, or you could get his pouty, lackadaisical alter ego.
The possibility of getting the bad version of Jackson, or even half-and-half, is a very high risk for the franchise to take, especially when there would be so much money tied up in him.
9. The Team Could Get Quality Pieces in a Trade
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Eagles could look to tag-and-trade the star receiver. The team went as far as to say they would be open to hearing trade offers for Jackson.
A team such as the St. Louis Rams have openly spoken about trading down from their No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft. That means they're going to have a wealth of draft picks that they could send to Philly for DeSean Jackson.
The Rams had one of the worst receiving offenses last season, partially because of injuries to Sam Bradford, and really need a receiver. If the Rams are willing to deal with Jackson's attitude problem, there may be a deal to be made between the teams.
10. The Media Frenzy Will Hurt His Performance in 2012
If the Eagles choose to retain Jackson after franchising him, it's a safe bet that he won't be too happy about being mentioned in trade talks.
The guy gets cranky when the ball doesn't come to him enough, so what would the outcome be after he finds out the team that is supposedly committed to him is open to sending him away.
It would be a recipe for disaster.
He was relentlessly questioned in 2011 about his contract situation and his commitment, which led to his worst statistical season since his rookie year. He couldn't keep it together when his financial future was on the line. Not a good indication of things to come.