At the moment, DeSean Jackson is scheduled to make $565,000. Is that reflective of this talent? No. But should he head back to training camp? Yes
With that base salary Jackson is making this year, I'm not sure how he's affording the $30,000 each day he misses training camp. This increased fine from the previous CBA is going to make it very hard for Jackson to keep this up for very long.
Besides, at 24 years old, should he really be missing training camp? Some people may scoff at this, but raining camp is very, very important. Just like any young wide receiver, Jackson's development isn't done yet. All he's doing is hindering himself and his team by not showing up to camp.
Sure, the Eagles can work out a deal with Jackson, but a holdout is not the way to go. Not a single player who has held out on the Eagles training camp has even gotten paid since Jeffrey Lurie owned the team. There's a first time for everything, but this isn't looking like that first time.
The fundamental idea behind holdouts is a player basically saying: "I'm not happy with my contract and that I deserve more money than I'm making." Jackson has already a couple injuries, and just by going out there every week—he is putting his career or even his life at risk.
However, with this drastically shortened free agency period, this isn't the time for Jackson to be on holdout. The Eagles have a lot of work to do between fitting in new cornerbacks, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. As well of their new backup quarterback, Vince Young.
Jackson should show up to training camp, keep his head down, and he'll get his.
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