The Eagles announced on Thursday that they've placed their franchise tag on DeSean Jackson, ensuring they'll have control over the speedster for at least the 2012 season. They must now try and determine whether or not they can get DeSean inked to a longer term deal, decide whether they want to try and trade him, or simply have him play out the season under the terms of a franchise player, which for a wide receiver is around $9.4 million.
I'd guess they'll try and come to some sort of longer term agreement with DJacc, but we all know how that has gone in the past. A trade is pretty unlikely. There are free agents, and any other team is gonna have the same problems with giving DeSean the long-term contract he wants, not to mention give up the draft picks the birds will want in return.
Tagging Jackson means the Eagles most likely will not be in the market for any of the top free agent wide receivers. Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Brent Celek, and Shady McCoy are still quite the arsenal of weapons for Michael Vick heading into 2012.
Howie Roseman had this to add, via Dave Spadaro,"We will continue our efforts on getting a long-term deal done with him."
"We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that."
Updated: 9:15 p.m.
ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.
Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.
Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.
Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall.
Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft.
Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.
The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter.
The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz.
At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.
The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.