Lunch Break: Which receiver will get paid?
DeSean Jackson set career-highs this season in catches (82), targets (126), yards (1,332), TDs (9) and first-down receptions (60). (USA Today Images)
DeSean Jackson, coming off the best season of his career, made it clear Monday that he wants the Eagles to re-negotiate the five-year contract he signed 22 months ago.
Jackson signed a five-year, $48.25341 million contract extension in March of 2012 that included a $10 million signing bonus. He earned $6.75 million this past year and is scheduled to earn base salaries of $10.25 million in 2014 and $9.75 million in both 2015 and 2016, along with $250,000 workout bonuses each year.
Jackson is due $30.5 million over the next three years in base salary and workout bonuses but not including incentive bonuses.
The deal was negotiated by Drew Rosenhaus, who no longer represents Jackson. Jackson’s agent is now Joel Segal.
“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.”
Jackson caught 82 passes for a career-high 1,332 yards with nine touchdowns this year. He ranked ninth in the NFL in yards and in yards per catch.
The 1,332 yards are second-most in Eagles history, 77 fewer than Mike Quick had in 1983. His 82 catches are fourth-most in franchise history.
Jackson, just finishing his sixth season with the Eagles, is fourth in Eagles history with 6,117 receiving yards, seventh with 356 receptions and eighth with 32 touchdowns.
“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.”
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman declined to comment on Jackson's remarks.
“We don’t talk about contract matters with any player," he said. "I think it’s important we keep those things in-house. He had a heck of a year and he’s a good player."
Based on his average annual salary of $9.7 million, Jackson has the eighth-richest deal among NFL receivers behind Calvin Johnson ($16.207143 million average), Larry Fitzgerald ($16.142857 million average), Percy Harvin ($12.8435 million), Mike Wallace ($12.8435 million), Dwayne Bowe ($11.2 million), Brandon Marshall ($11.19475 million) and Vincent Jackson ($11,111,111 million).
Jackson has already earned $17,753,410 from his new deal and the final year of the previous deal, which was absorbed into the new contract.
Jackson said he feels like his previous contract was a good one, but he believes that he’s outperformed it.
“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.”
Jackson didn’t catch a pass until three minutes remained in the third quarter of the Eagles’ playoff loss to the Saints on Saturday night. He finished 3 for 53 and drew a 40-yard pass interference to set up a touchdown in the 26-24 loss.
“What I think I’m able to do on the field definitely speaks for itself,” Jackson said. “Hopefully we can work something out that’s fair for both of us, but I definitely feel like it’s deserving.”