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DeSean Jackson let his contract dispute cloud his production.
As the Philadelphia Eagles entered last season’s shortened training camp, a cloud of uncertainty disturbed the aura of excitement.
Not only did wide receiver DeSean Jackson hold out for the first 11 days of camp due to a contract dispute, but so did first-round pick Danny Watkins.
Jackson’s unhappiness would remain unsolved and carry over into the season. This affected his performance and professionalism—which led to his benching and two Eagles losses.
Watkins missed crucial learning time and entered Week 1 as a liability on the offensive line. It wasn’t until the month of October until he became a starter.
Although general manager Howie Roseman figured it out the hard way, he seems to have learned his lesson.
By using this offseason to extend contracts to Jackson, Trent Cole, Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans, Roseman is putting out the fire before it spreads.
This means that without much doubt, the next players who figure to receive extensions include Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
It is also unlikely that many rookies will miss minicamp thanks to a new rule that has their salary already predetermined.