The Morning Extras: No New Deal For DeSean?

The Morning Extras: No New Deal For DeSean?

Yesterday evening, Paul Domowitch broke in's Eagletarian blog that Pro Bowl wide receiver and kick returner DeSean Jackson is unlikely to receive the contract extension he is asking for. Cause for concern? Well, it shouldn't be. Everybody is aware by now the ramifications from the expiring collective bargaining agreement are far reaching, especially for young players. Many have seen their free agency unexpectedly restricted in an uncapped season, causing their paydays to be put off another year. The Eagles are using it to purge their overpaid veteran players while their is no cap hit. 

In DeSean's case, like some other young stars, the language of the current CBA, plus the uncertainty of what will be in a new deal, makes it nearly impossible for the organization to hand out an extension now, no matter how deserving he is. For starters, the current rules only allow for a maximum raise of 30% in base salary from season to season. As Domo explains, with a base salary in the hundreds of thousands, it would take years for that figure just to reach $1 million. And don't expect the Birds to cough up a bonus-laden contract just for the sake of getting a deal done, especially when nobody knows what rules they'll be paying by 11 months from now.

So where does that leave the two sides? The hope here is that DeSean Jackson and his representation understand the difficulty in reworking his contract now. Under ordinary circumstances, the Eagles would likely recognize his extraordinary achievements, and by mid-season they would agree to an extension that lasts the better part of his career. Now though, they aren't compelled to hand over a contract that looks like they dropped their pants in case anything goes wrong or a new CBA is radically different.

Problem is, Jackson didn't go to the trouble of hiring Drew Rosenhaus for no reason, and we've seen how contentious things can get on multiple occasions when he represents a client who doesn't get paid what he wants, when he wants it. Rosenhaus is undoubtedly a smart guy, but nobody would put it past him to cause a stir over a contract the Eagles couldn't justifiably do anything about in the first place. That is the concern of the day, that somehow when there is no need or point for it at all, we will have an unhappy superstar this summer, skipping workouts and holding them privately—for the media—in his driveway.

Maybe we're just jumping to conclusions, but players often don't see the fact that something is "impossible" when it comes to their bank accounts.


7. Peter King explains while the new proposal to fix the NFL's overtime rules is probably the strongest that's come along, it will likely take years before anything new is adopted. We'll have more on the topic later today. []

6. One plucky reporter managed to pin down Kyle Kendrick and get his "true" feelings on Jamie Moyer. [Philly Gameday]

“I think everyone is glad he’s still hanging around here,” said Kendrick. “Not because we feel like it’s wrong to want an older guy to step aside when we all know his time has passed, but because we genuinely respect what he’s trying to do. Which is to literally pitch himself to death, I think.”

5. Despite a terrible season for the Sixers and one spiraling out of control for the Flyers, Ed Snider seems to be taking the results in stride. You can be certain the competitive fires are burning underneath the calculated exterior though. [Delco Times]

4. What are the expectations for the Philadelphia Union this year? One writer predicts they'll take some lumps in their inaugural season on their way to a last place finish. []

3. Dei Lynam reports Andre Iguodala has been battling a case of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, which has caused him to strain the left as well. Not mentioned in the story is his battle with a case of bad attitude resulting from constant losing, so say some observers. [Dei-Tales]

2. The key for the Flyers is no longer standing in net. If this club is to be taken seriously, the forwards need to get involved in the dirty work of blocking shots. Still sound advice after losing Carter? [Flyers Goal Scored By]

1. Chase Utley, asked about the tendency for his production to tail off toward the end of a season, says there will be slumps over the course of a long baseball season. That doesn't exactly answer the question, though I'm sure there's no good answer. [Delaware News Journal]


def dont trade either [Jamie Moyer or Kyle Kendrick]. Starting pitching is a premium always. And as we saw last year you never know when an injury will strike. Especially when either on can easily be used in a bullpen, that in my opinion still is short on help. Frankly I was counting on one of them to help to fill out the bullpen. Moyer needs to be a little more professional, than he was last season about taking on a relief role. I know he is the veteran and all, but he was very effective in relief. His first priority should be to help the team in whatever way possible.

- asd


Best case scenario for this fifth starting spot? While I would like to see Kendrick get the job, Moyer is under contract. I'd rather see Kendrick begin the season in the minors so he can continue to start, so that when inevitably there is an injury in the rotation, he'll be ready for the call.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Point guard Joel Embiid? Sixers' big man works on leading break

Point guard Joel Embiid? Sixers' big man works on leading break

CAMDEN, N.J. — Toward the end of Sixers practice Monday, Joel Embiid participated in a fast-break drill … by himself.

Embiid brought the ball up the floor in a one-on-none situation against members of the Sixers' coaching staff. 

He's already showed off his three-point shooting skills and now he’s running the break? 

“I’ve always thought I was a point guard,” Embiid joked. “So that’s something that I want to do.”

In all seriousness, Embiid worked on his ball-handling skills during his two-year rehab from foot injuries. It’s not that he wants to become an unconventional point guard, it’s that he is striving to be an all-around threat. Embiid focused on recording his first assist, as an example, during the preseason. 

“I think I’m a complete player,” he said. “I think I can do everything on the court. Doing that shows I think it can help my team, too, in other aspects.” 

With running the break comes attacking the basket in traffic. It could be an anxious moment for a coach to watch a player fresh off two years of foot injuries to drive in a crowd. Sixers head coach Brett Brown said he has to be past the feeling of holding his breath whenever he watches Embiid do so. 

“We are so responsible with how we use him and play him,” Brown said. “It’s like us with children. They go out for the night. You’re nervous, but they go out for the night. He plays basketball for a living, and so he plays. We’ve just got to keep putting him in responsible environments and monitoring his minutes.”

As a point guard, T.J. McConnell appreciates Embiid’s skills, especially given his size. 

“To the people that try to pick him up when he brings the ball up the floor, good luck,” McConnell said. “It’s pretty incredible to see.” 

Robert Covington watched Embiid practice his ball handling during his lengthy recovery. He has seen improvements and likes the dynamic it creates for the team on the break. 

“His handle is really tight and then he’s really strong with it as well,” Covington said. “We’re very comfortable with him pushing the ball.”

That being said, Brown isn’t about to anoint Embiid into a point-center role. He knows Embiid’s desire to be active all over the court, but just as he’s said he doesn’t intend for Embiid to become a go-to three-point shooter, he also wants Embiid to focus on his true position. 

“Joel likes to be a player,” Brown said. “He wants to be a guard. He wants to shoot a three. He wants to be a post player. He wants to play. And we all have seen enough to think he actually can. 

“There are times that he rebounds and leads a break, we want him being aware of get off it, get it to a point guard more than not. I don’t mind him coming down in trail if he’s got daylight, him shooting some. He’s got a wonderful touch and I’ve seen it for two years. 

“... All over the place, I want to grow him. I’m not just going to bucket him up. I still say, like I say to him, 'At the end of the day, you’re a seven-foot-two post player. Post player.'”

Watch Embiid running the floor here: