Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is preoccupied with his contract status and he's let it affect the way he approaches his job, according to a report by Jeff McLane of the Inquirer. We told you Sunday night about coach Andy Reid calling out Jackson in front of his teammates following a 31-26 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Reid was furious to hear that Jackson had declined the opportunity to field punts during pregame warmups and he didn't appreciate that the wide receiver wasn't making eye contact with him following the game, according to the report. Reid tried to turn the page Tuesday by praising Jackson's approach, but this story's not going away anytime soon.
"Jackson's preoccupation with negotiating a new deal and getting paid has been spurred by his agent, Drew Rosenhaus," reports McLane. "One of the manifestations, they say, is that Jackson spends an inordinate amount of time texting with Rosenhaus during the Eagles' work day."
Rosenhaus is reportedly telling Jackson how important it is to pad his stats so the Eagles don't use it against him during negotiations. The Eagles know this is a delicate situation, but they're not going to call plays with Jackson's contract in mind. He's one of the most explosive players in the league, but teams such as the Giants and Bears have devised game plans to slow him down.
There's no question that Jackson has outperformed his four-year, $3.46 million contract. But there are several factors preventing the Eagles from getting something done as soon as Jackson and Rosenhaus would like. I'm sure the Eagles have tried to assure Jackson things will work out, but until they do, you can understand why he'd be worried.
The best news for the Eagles and Jackson is the arrival of the Houston Texans' secondary. I think he'll have a big game Thursday and that will help this situation. It's not like Jackson is a bad teammate. He's one of the most popular players on the team. But until this contract situation is resolved, there will be a cloud hanging over Jackson. And as long as Rosenhaus is only a text away, there will be drama.