For as many headaches as he’s given the front office throughout his brief career, Jackson is worth the gamble. And as much as it pains me to say any player “deserves” that kind of money, Jackson was a bargain at less than 500K the past four seasons and probably merits a little kick-back.
Give the Eagles credit for keeping their egos out of the decision (even if Jackson didn’t). I’m not sure I would have blamed them if they’d decided to spare themselves the aggravation, but recognizing Jackson as the difference-maker he is, is testament to why Andy Reid is the NFL’s longest-tenured coach.
Oh, dissenters will cite the perils of diva behavior—see the failed T.O. experiment—but at the end of the day the 25-year-old Jackson is a dynamic talent with the rare ability to swing a game in his team’s favor. He can burn you with the post, take an end-around to “the house” or go the distance on a punt return.
In tribute to his re-signing, and as preview to future performances, let’s take a look back at Jackson’s 10 most electrifying plays.