Report: Eagles will use franchise tag on DeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson said immediately after the end of the season that he would be fine playing for the franchise tag in 2012.

It looks like that is precisely what will happen. The Philadelphia Eagles will franchise tag the wide receiver before the March 5 deadline if a long-term extension cannot be worked out, an unlikely scenario according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Teams can use the franchise tag beginning next Monday, Feb. 20.

The Eagles could also tag Jackson and then trade him to a team that can work out a multi-year deal with him, but that also seems like a longshot at this point. The bottom line is the Eagles are not going to let the playmaker head off without compensation.

The franchise tag will be about $9.5 million for wide receivers. That is a steep price to pay but Jackson gives the Eagles a home run threat. McLane points out an interesting statistic though – inside the red zone Jackson rarely produces. In 2011, he made two catches for 14 yards and just one touchdown inside the 20-yard line.

But he can score from the other 20 and that is the skill the Eagles will pay for.

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