DeSean Jackson was a holdout for 11 days at the start of training camp last summer and his advice to LeSean McCoy is to choose a different path.
The Philadelphia Eagles running back is aiming for a new contract and Jackson, who finally received the long-term deal he sought earlier this offseason, says there is a better approach.
“I think it would be in his best interest to come (to voluntary offseason workouts and camp),” Jackson said, according to Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Looking back now it really hurt me more than I thought it helped me. Hopefully he saw everything I went through, and hopefully (their mutual agent) Drew (Rosenhaus) won't have him go through the same thing.
“The Eagles are a team you don't want to try force anything with them or strong-arm them, because you know Joe Banner, Howie Roseman, Coach (Andy) Reid, they're not the easiest people to force to get things with.”
The contract situation clearly affected Jackson last season when he admitted his No. 1 goal was to remain healthy. That’s not what any football team wants to hear when wins and losses are on the line. The Eagles seem inclined to give McCoy a contract extension but it takes two sides to make a deal.
“It's really hard,” Jackson said. “He's just going to have to go through it. Hopefully he can manage and not let it distract him like how it kind of distracted me.”
If Jackson only knew now what he didn’t know then.
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