While the franchise tag ensures the Eagles of retaining Jackson’s rights for at least one more season, it also forces them into paying him the $9.5 million salary that comes along with it.
In the blink of an eye, the man they call “Jaccpot” goes from being grossly underpaid to significantly overpaid.
Getting tagged means that the wideout will earn over 12 times his previous year’s salary of $769,960.
If the star wideout and management can’t agree to a long-term deal, look for the Eagles to be the losers in this deal.
The most basic job of a wide receiver is to catch passes, something that Jackson doesn’t exactly excel at. The value in Jackson’s receiving ability is to turn any given catch into a touchdown. His big-play reputation is centered on his great speed, not great hands.
Last season, in Philadelphia’s Week 9 meeting against the Chicago Bears, Jackson’s limitations as a wide receiver were exposed. By dropping their safeties deep into coverage, the Bears kept the Eagles' receivers in front of them, which subsequently forced Jackson into running pristine routes in order to get open. After finishing the game primarily against one-on-one coverage, Jackson's final stat-line read: two catches for 16 yards on eight targets.
Even when he’s able to get past secondaries, Jackson has shown a tendency to drop passes. Over the past two seasons, the four-year veteran ranks as one of the worst pass-catchers when it comes to dropping balls.
According to Pro Football Focus, the four-year veteran dropped nine of 67 catchable passes thrown his way in 2011 and 12 of 61 in the previous year. To sum it up, Jackson has dropped 21 of 128 catchable balls in the past two years—bad enough for a 16.4 percent drop rate.
To compound a pressing issue, if you took his two previous seasons’ average of 19.55 yards per catch into consideration, Jackson left over 410 yards of offense on the field.
Just think about this.
If you ran a company and someone didn’t do their job 16.4 percent of time, would you want to pay them a top-five salary?