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Hopefully DeSean Jackson will play harder after Eagles give him franchise tag

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DeSean Jackson admitted shortly after the last game of 2011 that the lack of a new deal for him was a “distraction.”

Yeah, no kidding DeSean.

Maybe if you played a little bit harder last year, maybe the Eagles might have snuck into the playoffs instead of the Super Bowl winning New York Giants.

Maybe if you felt like going to that meeting in Week 9, the Eagles wouldn’t have been humiliated by the Arizona Cardinals.

There are some other examples you could throw into the mix, but you get the point.

Make no mistake, DeSean Jackson is a tremendous talent. When he wants to be.

The Eagles placed the franchise tag on Jackson Thursday. So in other words, he will most likely give a solid effort in 2012 because he wants big-time wide receiver money the following season. You can rest assure there won’t be any Ricky Watters impersonations this fall, as Jackson will have to show his worth if he wants to even think about signing a long-term deal with the Eagles or any other NFL team for that matter.

It’s really the best of both worlds for Jackson when you think about it. No matter what, he will get paid in the range of $9.4 million after getting the franchise tag. The worst case scenario for the Eagles is that he leaves via free agency after this and they get nothing in return if they don’t decide to trade him. And judging by the words of Eagles' GM Howie Roseman, the team has no intentions of doing so:

"We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that," Roseman said in a statement. "DeSean is a talented player and a proven playmaker in this league and we look forward to him continuing his career in Philadelphia. It's our understanding that he has the same desire. We will continue our efforts on getting a long-term deal done with him."

Personally, I don’t know why Roseman and the Eagles’ brass is trying so hard to praise Jackson after that dog and pony nonsense he pulled in 2011. The last Eagle who did that was Terrell Owens, and we all know how that ended.

In the grand scheme of things my opinion obviously doesn’t matter, but Jackson showed his true colors last year. Doesn’t he have any self-respect? Isn’t his behavior a red flag? He’s certainly not a team leader, and the Eagles, who used to pride themselves on having character players, are now fully aware of Jackson’s shenanigans but they're giving him a pass. Yes, the Birds are a better team when Jackson wants to play, but who's to say he won't act up again even after he gets his money. The whole thing just doesn’t appear to make much sense. But then again, nothing with the Philadelphia Eagles ever really does when you think about it. So as usual, we just have to cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Here goes nothing.....

 

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