DeSean Jackson reacts to Kevin Kolb's pay day
It’s a good thing for the Philadelphia Eagles as well as the peace of mind of DeSean Jackson that he understands the complication in getting a longterm extension done right now.
The 30 percent rule has made things difficult to impossible for players like him with two years remaining on his rookie contract. Jackson’s reaction was one of the first things on the minds of people when the Eagles gave a one-year extension to quarterback Kevin Kolb last week with more than $12 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of more than $10 million. Kolb has barely played. Jackson has been the team’s most dynamic offensive weapon the last two seasons.
"It's unfortunate, but I can't get frustrated," Jackson told Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. "It's not going to change until the CBA . . . You just have to deal with it and hope something will work out.''
Jackson declined to say whether or not the Kolb deal impacted his situation and pointed the reporter to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Surely, they are keeping score though. Whether or not the Eagles can get something done – or are inclined to do so – remains to be seen. Typically, teams like to wait until after the third year of a four-year rookie contract to hammer out a big extension.
Until the labor situation is resolved, there are going to be players like Jackson who likely have to play the waiting game no matter how difficult that is. Even if Jackson understands the factors at play, it might not make it much easier to play for less this season.
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