Eagles WR DeSean Jackson has made quite a stir today after mentioning the fact he would like a new deal. I’ve seen various reports come out since then, some saying he wants a new deal while other are saying he wants a raise.
So which is it? More money or just a new contract?
It’s easy to get caught up into thinking that a new contract means more money, but this isn’t necessarily the case here. After scouring the web searching for actual quotes about what Jackson said, I didn’t find anything where he stated he wanted more money.
The best quotes I found were in Reuben Frank’s article linked-to above, and from a Tim McManus/Sheil Kapadia article I’ll link to below…
“I definitely feel it’s something deserving,” Jackson said at his locker in the NovaCare Complex on locker cleanout day. “We’ll see how that plays out, and hopefully we can work things out smoothly and not have to worry about anything out of the ordinary.
“But I definitely feel like it’s deserving. I’m proven in this league, and after this past year, went out there, no distractions, and just really put it all in for my team and went out there and had a lot of success, so we’ll see how it goes.”
“Honestly, I feel very confident that my agent will work something out,” Jackson said. “I feel like I have a great agent, that’s what he’s for, that’s what his job is, all I have to really worry about is staying out of trouble and keeping my nose clean and doing the things I need to do, working on my craft and playing football.
“I think this year was a big statement for my team and for myself and the things we were able to accomplish and do. I definitely feel it’s deserving. Hopefully we can get it worked out and see how it goes.”
“As far as my deal, it was a good deal,” he said. “I’m going into the third year of my deal. Just feel it’s deserving. So we’ll see.
“I feel like I’ve proved everything on the field. To do some of the things that top receivers in this league do, I think like I’m right there at the top. So we’ll see how it goes.”
“I just need some security somehow, someway,” said Jackson. “I felt I’ve proven to be a top receiver in this league. Year after year doing what I’m able to do, just help my team be successful and spark energy, that’s what I’m here for.”
Jackson was asked to clarify: Is this simply something that he hopes will happen, or is it a necessity in his eyes?
“I just feel I’m deserving, bro. I’m never going to try and make it a problem,” said Jackson. “If it happens it happens. That’s what I have an agent for.”
Those are all of the quotes I’ve seen so far and I have yet to see where he stated he wants more money. The best I can discern is from that little quote via McManus and Kapadia, that he just needs “some security somehow, someway.”
Now, I haven’t heard any audio on the subject or seen a video (if there is one) and out of every article I checked, not one of them mentioned any initial question that was posed to Jackson. Therefore, it’s hard to discern context and/or who initiated this topic.
Jackson’s guaranteed money has now been paid out. He’s only two years removed from his last deal. That would be pretty damn ballsy to be asking for more money already.
It’s ballsy enough asking for a new deal.
However, the best I can tell is that he just wants a new deal that gives him security in the form of guaranteed money. If someone finds a quote that says he is asking for more money, please share a link with me.
In any case, a new contract could be beneficial for both sides. Jackson is scheduled to make 10.25 million next year, so a new deal could lower that figure and that cap hit associated with it.
The thing is, there are numerous ways this can be done. Again, Jackson seems to only be asking for guaranteed money, not necessarily more money. Technically, the Eagles could restructure his deal and offer him another 2 years of guaranteed money without giving him a raise.
Being that he just turned only 27 years old, there’s no harm in guaranteeing him another certain amount spread out over two seasons (or more). He should have at least that much longer playing at an elite level barring any severe injury.
What Jackson did here is make the mistake of bringing this out to the media. No team likes to be called out publicly about a player’s contract, especially one that they just did less than 24 months ago.
If the Eagles do something like a restructure, it could give the impression that they fold to a player’s demand and therefore make others think they can or should do the same.
The best thing to do would have been for Jackson to keep his mouth shut and just let his agent handle this matter privately. Now, Jackson gives off the impression of a greedy “diva” and the Eagles are put into a position of now having to deal with this publicly.
Hopefully egos can be put aside and something that benefits both sides can be worked out.
If Jackson does, in fact, want more money, than that’s a whole other subject and is something I would not agree with. He had a good season, but he’s certainly not being underpaid when you compare him to the rest of the top receivers in the league.
If he just wants “security” and the numbers can be altered to give the team a little cap relief and satisfy one of our best players, something should be worked out.