The Worst Possible Football Related News About DeSean Jackson...

The Worst Possible Football Related News About DeSean Jackson...

He's not injured or being benched. No, it's much worse than that. 97.5 The Fanatic's Brian Seltzer tweeted this morning Jackson fired his agent and has elected to be represented by Drew Rosenhaus. The sound you hear is the collective groan from Eagles fans everywhere.

All hyperbole aside, the decision doesn't automatically require Jackson to become a pain in the ass in the locker room or immediately begin a lengthy holdout. It's simply upsetting the young star wide receiver chose to align himself with a notorious weasel like Rosenhaus. Clearly this move is about negotiating his next contract sooner rather than later.

Under current CBA rules, players are eligible for contract extensions after their second year of service. Jackson was expected to be a mid-first round pick in '08, but slipped to late in the second based on concerns over his size and attitude, costing him millions of dollars in the process. Now that he's proven to be one of the most explosive players in the league, there's no doubt he wants to cash in, and Rosenhaus is known to drive a hard bargain.

Sure, the front office would like to give Jackson a raise and keep him around for awhile, but the T.O. and "Lee-toe" sagas left a bad taste in everybody's mouth. Rosenhaus does represent a number of current Eagles however, including Jack Ikegwuonou, Cornelius Ingram, Max Jean-Gilles, and LeSean McCoy, although all of those players are still on their rookie contracts. On his firm's web site, he also lists Hugh Douglas and Troy Vincent as "distinguished retired clients."

As fans, we can only hope that this stuff stays where it belongs, behind the scenes. Nobody wants the drama of another pouty wide receiver, or an extended holdout that potentially keeps him off the field. It just seems like whenever those things go on, Rosenhaus is right in the center of it.

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

With the NBA trade deadline nearly upon us — 3 p.m. Thursday — here is the latest on Jahlil Okafor. (We'll update this with news on Okafor throughout the afternoon.)

• The Bulls are still pushing to acquire Okafor, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Chicago has been one of the rumored destinations for weeks — in fact, the Bulls were reported as a suitor for Okafor before the Pelicans, Blazers and Pacers.

• What's the hold-up? According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls "have shown no inclination to this point of including" their first-round pick, along with a player, which is what the Sixers have been seeking for Okafor.

Johnson notes that forward Nikola Mirotic is available. Mirotic, 26, is a restricted free agent after the season. With Ersan Ilyasova traded to Atlanta Wednesday night, perhaps the Sixers could look at Mirotic as a backup four to Dario Saric. 

Mirotic's value is in his outside shooting — he's a 6-foot-10 forward who made 39 percent of his threes last season. But his numbers have dipped across the board this season and he's shooting just 38 percent from the field and 30 percent from three.

• According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Okafor's preferred landing spot is Chicago, his hometown.

• Obviously, it's not up to Jah — the Sixers will go with whichever offer is best.

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

This isn't a big surprise, but Jason Peters will be back with the Eagles — big salary and all — for the 2017 season.

While the Eagles approached the veteran left tackle about his contract in January, Peters has not restructured his deal, according to a league source. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Thursday morning reported that Peters will be back next season on his normal contract. 

Yes, Peters is expensive in 2017. His base salary after hitting another Pro Bowl escalator written into his contract is up to $10.45 million for next season (plus a $250K workout bonus), which comes with a big cap hit of $11.7 million. That cap hit is the highest on the team, but not outlandish for a high-caliber left tackle. 

The Eagles could have very well cut Peters and moved on. It would have saved them significant cap space to use elsewhere. They just wouldn't have found any player more valuable to pay with that money. 

Peters, 35, is still their best option to protect Carson Wentz's blind side. He made his ninth Pro Bowl in 2016 after playing all 16 games. The team hasn't been shy about wanting him back and Peters toward the end of the season said he wanted to return for another year. 

"We certainly want to have him back," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said of Peters in early January.

“I love him. I want him on the team,” head coach Doug Pederson said with two games remaining this past season. “I don’t want him to go anywhere."

With Peters back, it means Lane Johnson's eventual trip to left tackle will be held off for another year. Eventually, he'll take over that spot … just not right now. 

During the season, Peters opened up about his future, saying he hopes Wentz can be the guy who finally gets him a Super Bowl ring (see story).