No player may have shown his frustration over a contract more than Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson did during the 2011 season. Now that the Eagles were willing to open up their check books this offseason and reward their wideout with a hefty five-year, $48.5 million deal ($18 million guaranteed), it’s time to prove he’s worth the investment for the organization.
If you look back to the first three seasons of Jackson’s career, he was arguably one of the most difficult wide receivers to contain in all of football. Not only did he use his speed to be a threat in the passing game, but Jackson was always considered one of the top returners to stop on special teams and even became the first player in NFL history to start the Pro Bowl as a wide receiver and kick returner in 2010.
Jackson has been criticized at times for his size, but he’s proven to be one of the most effective wide receivers in the NFL numerous times throughout his career. He finally received the type of money he spent so much time fighting for–so there’s no excuse for Jackson to be anything but successful heading into the 2012 season.