After having a career year, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has made clear his thoughts on his worth to the franchise and their future success. Without putting an ultimatum on the team, as he’s done in the past, he suggested that for his production, more financial stability is warranted. Although Jackson had his best year to date, comparing his production with that of elite NFL receivers, along with his output in Philadelphia victories, it would seem there is a bit of a discrepancy. Jackson may not be worth the money after all, but chances are to avoid any unwanted antics, the team would oblige.
Although Jackson finds himself as a top 10 receiver in the league once again, as far as production is concerned, the picture that is painted is a bit skewed. He did have some large outputs as far as yards and receptions would show, but many of those games came in either losses or less than stellar Philadelphia wins. Looking back at 2013, Jackson was kept under 100 yards receiving in seven Eagles’ victories. He proved to be the leading receiver on the team in just three of Nick Foles 10 starts, including missing out in the Eagles home playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints.
His production over a season would demonstrate that he’s in the conversation as an elite receiver, but looking more closely, the headache may not be worth it. Jackson has been invisible in many of the Eagles biggest games, he’s just able to counter those poor performances with days of large production against weaker opponents.
Knowing his history and behavior when he’s dissatisfied with his contract, Philadelphia should really weigh just how important Jackson will be over the next few years and whether his asking price meets what they’re actually getting out of the deal.