DeSean Jackson is looking out for the health of No. 10

DeSean Jackson is looking out for who is No. 1.

Well, No. 10 actually.

The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver said his primary goal for this season is to remain healthy as he continues to edge closer to a big-time pay day. Jackson, who is earning $600,000 this season, doesn’t want to do anything that could jeopardize a long-term contract extension. And that’s his top goal, according to Tim McManus of Philly Sports Daily.

“Whether I have the ball in my hands or not, I feel like I already established myself in this league as one of the great receivers,” Jackson said. “I just gotta go out there and keep doing what I can do. Stay healthy is the biggest thing. As long as I can stay healthy, regardless of where I’m playing, I think I’ll be alright. Just stay healthy and go out there and do my thing.”

So the top thing is to stay healthy?

“That’s the No. 1 priority is to stay healthy,” Jackson clarified. “I wouldn’t be able to play the game if I wasn’t healthy. In my book, that’s the No. 1 priority. Winning is next in that category. As long as I’m healthy and we’re winning, regardless of my numbers, I think I’ll be very happy.

“Every time I step on the field I leave it on the line. I never go out there and try to hold anything back because that’s how people get hurt.”

But not getting hurt, right now, is more important to him than anything else. It remains to be seen if the Eagles will be able to work out the kind of deal Jackson is seeking. Otherwise, the franchise tag could be awaiting him after the season. If he gets tagged, Jackson will be able to go into next season concerned about one thing – not getting hurt.

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