There lies some unfortunate doubt amidst all of the buzz surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles camp at Lehigh University.
The uncertainty of DeSean Jackson's contract status has resulted in the Pro Bowl wide receiver holding out from training camp for the first five days.
However, it is believed that Jackson will report to Lehigh early this week, ending his holdout.
Jackson's contract situation will not end quietly—see one Drew Rosenhaus. While Jackson has not yet taken to drive way sit-ups or impromptu press conferences in his front office battle, the man pulling the strings in the Jackson camp surely wants his client to get paid like he is one of the top players at his position.
If the situation takes a turn for the worst the offense suffer as a whole and the impact on Michael Vick's chemistry with the receiver could be detrimental to the team.
Jackson avoided offseason workouts with Vick and select members of the Eagles offense while he sulked in Southern California over the meager half million he was due to make in 2011.
Although some fans believe Jackson's holdout will have an impact on the chemistry between quarterback and receiver the truth is it won't. Jackson has the natural ability to blaze down field through the opposing secondary. Can Vick fire a pass long enough that even Jackson can't outrun it?
Jackson is a dynamic play maker who has the energy the Eagles' offense needs to run at full capacity. However, the concern over Jackson mulling over his contract situation while still in camp is that he will become unmotivated to perform to his full capabilities.
Of course, it is possible that Jackson could leave camp abruptly in a statement over his contract demands. However, those odds are slim. Jackson does not have much ground to stand on given the Eagles' cap situation and their recent aggressive attitude towards filling holes at any position.
Jackson in not expendable by any stretch, but the Eagles won't cry themselves to sleep at night knowing Jackson isn't happy.
Despite some comparisons, this situation is nothing like Terrell Owens situation. Jackson is a different player and, most importantly, a different person.
Jackson does not have the larger-than-life persona that T.O. had in 2005 when his media war with the Eagles front office began. Also, Jackson has a great relationship with his QB, unlike Owens' tumultuous relationship with Donovan McNabb.
These contract negotiations could negatively impact the development of this offense heading into the season, but hopefully Jackson's situation will prove to be a minor distraction in an otherwise positive offseason in Philadelphia.