Stuck on You: Why DeSean Is Not Going Anywhere in 2012

Stuck on You: Why DeSean Is Not Going Anywhere in 2012

Let's clear the air on what the Eagles using the franchise tag on DeSean Jackson means for this season. However they arrive at training camp in Lehigh -- either on a one-year deal, or a long-term extension -- what's important now is they will arrive there together.

I know a trade technically is still on the table, but look at the hang-ups. First, any team willing to take on Jackson would have to send draft picks or players to Philadelphia, PLUS reach an agreement on a multi-year contract. As if that weren't enough, the Eagles need to willfully downgrade their wide receiving corps, and in turn, the entire offense.

There's almost no way around it.

We'll get into that last part in a moment. The immediate question is why would any team be inclined to exchange picks and players for DJacc at this time? The free agent market is plentiful. If a GM really wants to add a play-making wide receiver, he can run out and sign Vincent Jackson, or a handful of other guys, without giving up anything at all.

That's not to say there would be no market whatsoever, but further complicating matters is the fact that no front office would be willing to do that unless they are able to reach a long-term deal with Jackson. We know he wants to be paid like one of the top receivers in the NFL, but who would okay that with so many questions about his attitude, his durability, his production?

Believe it or not though, those aren't even the biggest issues preventing the Eagles from moving DeSean. Let's say they get around all that -- another club makes a decent offer, and decides to build their offense around his speed.

Who then is starting at wide receiver across from Jeremy Maclin?

Now that Jackson has been tagged, the Eagles aren't exactly at liberty to pursue one of these touted FA's we've been talking about. They've committed $9.4 million to DJacc, a tender he could sign tomorrow. Once he does, they are stuck with him, and there isn't room under the cap to bring in another eight-figures-a-year player at the same position.

They're stuck with him because Jackson doesn't become any easier to move once he's put his name on the dotted line, which at least one report claims he intends to do "ASAP." Any team that was seriously considering meeting Jackson's salary demands isn't likely to find $9.4 million in the first year of the contract a reasonable jumping-off point for negotiations.

Even if the Eagles were open to that risk, Jackson's trade value falls off a cliff when they sign another receiver. Everybody knows they can't afford both players, so Howie Roseman has absolutely no leverage in that scenario. They would have to take whatever they could get, and trust me, it wouldn't be much -- certainly not worth all this trouble.

And for those thinking the Eagles could rescind the franchise tag once they've signed another receiver, don't you think DeSean would quickly sign it (if he hasn't already) once word got out a deal was imminent?

The only hope they have of reasonably swapping DeSean is to wait a month or so after free agency begins, once the league-wide shake up is largely complete, and hope one of the teams that still needs a wide receiver is ready to deal.

But what's the point of that? Why take the explosive element away from their offense -- without a proper replacement -- for draft picks that may or may not pan out years down the road?

This team is worse in 2012 if they trade DeSean. There is no way to trade him and get better now. Franchising him, then attempting to to replace him, is nothing but a headache, and hardly can be considered a viable option.

It's obvious. DJacc will be wearing midnight green next season. There is no longer any point in looking to free agency, or what they might get back in a trade. In this market, with this player, the franchise tag becomes an adhesive.

The Eagles need a wide receiver, and DeSean Jackson needs the Eagles.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.