Report: D-Jax wants bigger deal than Santonio Holmes
DeSean Jackson will enter the season without the new contract he’s been gunning for, not a surprise considering the tight salary-cap restraints on the Philadelphia Eagles for the majority of preseason.
According to Tim McManus of Philly Sports Daily, Jackson has his sights set on a mega contract that would exceed the $45.5 million, five-year contract Santonio Holmes received from the New York Jets at the outset of free agency.
Per the report, Jackson and agent Drew Rosenhaus want Jackson to be compensated in between Holmes and freshly minted Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. That deal was a $120 million, eight-year blockbuster and it’s fair to assume Jackson won’t come close to approaching it.
But McManus says Rosenhaus wants a five-year deal that fits in between the two and that could take some time to hammer out.
“Mathematically we are in a position where we can sign someone to an extension,” Eagles president Joe Banner said on 97.5 The Fanatic. “At the same time there are numbers that get so large that you can’t do that. But that is not what would keep us from doing something with somebody at this point.”
Jackson will be paid $600,000 this season and the team needs to work out a new deal for him. But he’s a smaller guy and the Eagles might have reservations about a huge deal. We’ll have to see how this plays out.
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