Filed to ESPN: Eagles gave DeSean Jackson a five-year, $51-million deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2012
$51 million over five years is a steep price for Jackson, however,his 2011 season was better than he was given credit for.
There, Jackson gained 961 receiving yards on 58 receptions, including four touchdowns. Jackson's 2009 and 2010 stats were definitely better, but Philadelphia couldn't afford to lose one of its most explosive and game-changing players.
Needing to address the offensive line and/or defensive front seven via the draft, getting Jackson for five years was overpaying. However, it is potentially worth it if 2012 begins and then continues how 2011 finished.
So Snooki's baby is due December 21...and the Philadelphia Eagles just paid DeSean Jackson $50 mil...anybody wanna doubt the Mayans now??
— The Heartthrob (@BLITZheartthrob) March 14, 2012
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I heard DeSean Jackson was almost done signing his contract, but then he threw it away at the last moment while celebrating.
— Lovie Smith (@CoachLovieSmith) March 14, 2012
since desean Jackson finally got his money, maybe he will actually play this year instead of doin nothing all season
— Sean(@cutting_the_ham) March 14, 2012
Just sayng- the pure stats on DeSean Jackson tell maybe half the story of why he's so valuable. Opens up run game, screen game, Maclin.
— Ryan Burns (@FtblSickness) March 14, 2012
What did Desean Jackson do 2 get a 5-year extension? Does everyone forget how bad he was last year & how he gave up halfway thru the season?
— Ian Humphrey (@ihumphre) March 14, 2012
It's most certainly a legitimate argument to say that the Eagles overpaid DeSean Jackson.
After all, as previously mentioned, his 2011 campaign didn't see the same production as his 2009 and 2010 seasons. What Philadelphia is doing here, though, is planning and preparing for 2012 and beyond.
Was this the right move by the Eagles?
As obvious as it is to see that conclusion, it's just as easy to dismiss it. Before the 2011 season kicked off and Philadelphia had acquired all its studly free agents after the lockout, the Eagles were dubbed the "paper champions."
There's no question that supreme talent resides in the City of Brotherly Love, we just didn't see that until the end of the 2011 season. Which by then, most were discounting the Eagles and rightfully so, because beginning 4-8 was nothing to get all hyped up about.
Nevertheless, the Eagles closed on a four-game winning streak to finish 8-8 and they went 5-1 in the NFC East. Oddly enough, that turned out to be the best division record and the Eagles were technically in the postseason hunt through Week 15.
The re-signing of Jackson is to retain the team chemistry for a longer period of time and to build upon the strong finish.
Superficially, this deal certainly looks to be a risk, but the reward behind it makes it worth taking.
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