There's something funny that happens when a second-round draft pick becomes one of the most dynamic offensive players in the NFL. At some point, they actually expect to get paid.
Under the current collective bargaining agreement, teams aren't allowed to re-work a player's contract until his third season. But Eagles second-year wide receiver DeSean Jackson decided to get a head start by dumping agent Adam Heller of DeBartolo Sports and joining the Drew Rosenhaus family. This story was first reported by Brian Seltzer of 950 ESPN in Philadelphia. Seltzer, the voice of Penn athletics, caught up with Jackson today before practice today.
"My previous agents, if they're not doing anything they need to do, everybody wants to think of it in a negative way, 'I want to get paid.' All that. That's all good, but at the end of the day if I'm not being treated the way I needed to be from my other agents, then there's no point in me still being there," Jackson told Seltzer. "No matter if it was before the season or after the season or the middle of the season."
Well, OK then. It's neat to see that Rosenhaus is there to help these young men navigate such murky waters. The Eagles, of course, dealt with Rosenhaus during the whole Terrell Owens fiasco, but they've moved on since then. Rosenhaus has rookie running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Cornelius Ingram on his roster as well as a couple of other Eagles. The one thing I'll say for Rosenhaus is that he does a nice job of keeping all his negotiations separate. For instance, if he was struggling to get a new deal done for Jackson, he would never let that affect how he's negotiating McCoy's deal.
Score another win for Rosenhaus. Jackson could be asking for a new deal as soon as next season.