DeSean Jackson warns LeSean McCoy not to follow his lead
DeSean Jackson can speak from experience.
He knows the emotional rollercoaster a bid for a contract extension can take a player on. It’s not a fun ride. So Jackson has words for LeSean McCoy that are worth listening to on the subject.
“Hopefully he doesn't go down the road I went through,” Jackson said Thursday, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Sure, it’s easy for Jackson to say that now. He went from receiving the franchise tag to pulling down a shiny five-year contract. It was a turbulent ride at time for Jackson, who probably let the situation affect him last season.
“He has a lot of upside to himself, and hopefully he learned a lot through my situation,” Jackson said. “I've talked to him a little bit about what I've been through and hopefully he'll be all right and won't have to go through what I went through.”
McCoy has been angling for his own contract extension and it might take some time.
“We've got 53 guys on this football team, so everything affects everything,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “We're trying to build the best team and get everyone together, and if people do things in a very positive way and their performance on the field reflects that, then obviously we'll try to keep them in Philadelphia for a long time.”
McCoy is going into the final year of his contract. It remains to be seen if the Eagles will have the cap room necessary to make a deal happen. He’s certainly a big part of the offense but as the Eagles have shown, these things can take time.
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