Last year Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson began the season by holding out of training camp for 11 days. One can only assume his holdout ended so he would not ruin any of his future free agency rights. After the season he had in 2010, combined with motivation from seeing the contracts his peers like Larry Fitzgerald received, many of us assumed Jackson would have a career season. Or not. He had 58 receptions for 961 yards and only 4 TDs.
So what did the Eagles do in response to his antics last season? Well they gave him a $51 million contract of course. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that the Eagles and Jackson have agreed on a 5 year deal worth $51 million. Two words: Drew Rosenhaus.
I cannot say I absolutely don’t think he’s worth it. He does have 4,085 receiving yards and 21 TDs over four years. He has amazing speed. And he’s a great long route receiver, tied with Calvin Johnson for the most receptions of at least 30 yards in the NFL over the past four seasons.
However, looking at his dramatic drop off in performance from 2010 to 2011 I can say the contract is a bit shocking. If he does not perform well in future seasons it would not be the first time we’ve witnessed an athlete sign a big contract then fall into obscurity.
As the Eagles’ franchise player who will now be around for another five years I know they expect more. And as a football fan so do I.