BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- It was Michael Vick who first announced on Tuesday that wide receiver DeSean Jackson was considering holding out.
And on Friday, it was Vick who offered that he doesnt think Jackson will stay away too long.
I don't think it will drag on, Vick said. Hopefully not. It'll work itself out when the time is right.
And when will that be?
Well see, Vick said.
Jackson can be fined up to 30,000 per day by the Eagles for each day he stays away from camp while hes under contract. With a base salary of only 565,000 this year, that could add up very quickly.
Jackson, who scored 24 touchdowns in his first three seasons, 16 of them over 40 yards, is holding out to protest lack of progress in contract talks between the Eagles and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
The Eagles are amenable to eventually giving Jackson a long-term, multimillion-dollar contract, but no player whos held out of Eagles training camp has gotten a new deal before reporting during the nearly two decades Jeffrey Lurie has owned the team.
According to the initial draft of the new collective bargaining agreement, players under contract who dont report to training camp by Aug. 9 dont receive a year of pension credit. Only by accruing four years of pension credit can players become unrestricted free agents.
That Aug. 9 date could change in the final draft of the CBA but will still be well before the regular season is scheduled to begin.
But the reality is that Vick and Jackson have played together long enough that a week or two apart really shouldnt have much of an effect on them by the time the regular season rolls around in mid-September.
I dont think it affects anything, Vick said of Jacksons holdout after the Eagles third practice of training camp at Lehigh University.
As far as timing, I know how fast the kid can run, I know where I have to put the ball.
Hopefully, everything works out, get him back in, get him going, and let him make the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year.
Vick also commented on the early training camp practices, which have leaned more toward teaching meetings on the field than traditional camp practices. The Eagles wont be in pads until Sunday. The first few days of practice are essentially walkthroughs.
The walkthrough is great, Vick said. Just getting a chance to go over everything mentally and rep everything, is phenomenal. To have a chance to learn. Im learning a lot, everybodys learning. This is training camp, thats what its all about.
And Vick on the release Thursday of Pro Bowl fullback Leonard Weaver: Its tough. We all love Weave around here, hes a great person, was a great player, and were going to miss him.
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