In a contract year, DeSean Jackson seemingly is doing everything imaginable to damage his market value.
Thursday night’s blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks was no exception for the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver. NFL Network cameras caught Jackson isolating himself on the sidelines. At one point, it appeared quarterback Vince Young was attempting to talk to him. Jackson just stared ahead.
Most damning, though, was a deep route when Young was looking for Jackson and the receiver never turned to look for the ball. Mike Mayock, the analyst for NFL Network, caught the play and discussed it.
Everyone knows Jackson is unhappy with his contract extension, but he’s acting like a player motivated by money only. That’s a major turn-off for teams in free agency, teams seeking players with high football character. Jackson said earlier this week his hope is to remain with the Eagles. His actions scream differently. He hung out with defensive linemen while other receivers warmed up before the game, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“I'm not answering none of that type of question," Jackson said, according to McLane. "If you're going to ask something about the game, do that. . . . Next question.”
During timeouts, Jackson would ham it up with Seahawks players more than his teammates.
"If that's what they saw, that's what they saw," Jackson said. "I don't have to sit here and answer them questions. My teammates know what it is."
Jackson had four receptions for 34 yards. That might have said the most about the game for him.
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