Moments after it was reported last week that Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb would receive a one-year contract extension and $12.26 million in guaranteed money, some of us immediately wondered how third-year wide receiver DeSean Jackson would take the news. After all, Jackson has become one of the most feared players in the game with his quick-strike ability as both a receiver and punt returner. And he's only scheduled to make $480,000 in 2010, which is chump change in this league for a player of his skill level.
Jackson eluded reporters throughout a three-day minicamp, but he finally addressed the matter during a public appearance on behalf of the club Monday. Jackson vowed to "patiently wait" for a new contract, which is not a message Drew Rosenhaus clients often preach.
"I'm not going to panic," Jackson told reporters earlier today. "I'm not going to sit here and be a crybaby about it. I definitely know what I'm worth."
I'm thinking Jackson's number is somewhere due north of $480,000. But with two years remaining on his rookie contract, he realizes that it's virtually impossible for the Eagles to give him the increase he deserves. There's a rule in the expiring collective bargaining agreement that limits increase in base salary to 30 percent in each successive year.
With Kolb, the Eagles bypassed that rule by giving him a $10.7 million signing bonus in 2010. The two years remaining on Jackson's contract makes things more complicated.
"Whatever it is, I'd be happy with that," Jackson said. "I'm not here to make a big issue out of it or complain about it because that's not what I do. I feel my relationship that I have with the Eagles and the front office is a [good] one and I'm patiently waiting. Hopefully, it will be done sooner than later."
The Eagles will certainly take care of Jackson once there's a new collective bargaining agreement. But there will certainly be some anxious moments from the receiver's perspective. Like for instance, every time he goes across the middle. In the event of a serious injury, Jackson stands to lose a staggering amount of money. So you can see why he'd love to get something done sooner rather than later. (Wouldn't hurt to take out a new insurance policy, either).
Like a lot of players (Miles Austin for example), Jackson's been hamstrung by the pending labor dispute. But as long as he continues to be one of the best players in the league at his position, he'll eventually get rewarded. And by that time, Kolb will probably be ready for a new contract as well.
Interesting times in the league.