August 8th, 2011 – By Bryan Cross
The Philadelphia Eagles have been very active this recent transaction period in the NFL, bringing in some of the most-highly sought after free agents and available players in the league. But one guy who might be the most dynamic player in the NFL already on their team has not been on the field.
That was until this week, when receiver and return-man DeSean Jackson ended his holdout for a new contract to take the field with his teammates for camp.
Jackson, entering his fourth season from out of California, has been selected to the Pro-Bowl twice already in his young career. He is due a salary of $565,000 for the upcoming year, in the final season from his rookie contract back in 2008.
Philadelphia has said that they were going to talk to Jackson about his contract very soon, but wanted to get him into camp. But the receiver was almost forced to come to camp this week, as he would have likely lost a year of service to becoming a free agent.
His teammates were glad to see him back though, particularly the man who will be throwing Jackson the ball this year. And having Jackson on the field will make it a lot easier.
“I can tell you he’s excited to be back,” Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick said. “He’s ready to come back and play football this season, ready to come back and handle his business, be the consummate teammate. He’s going to come in and let his play speak for
itself, come in with a different attitude.”
Jackson has had a great impact on the Eagles in his time there. He hauled in 47 receptions for over 1,000 yards to go along with six touchdowns last season. But it is in punt returns that he shines. He averaged close to 12 yards per return, and had arguably the play of the year when he returned a punt for a touchdown with no time on the clock to beat the New York Giants late in the year.
The Eagles receiver missed almost two full weeks of camp before reporting on Monday. The team could fine him as much as $30,000 per day that he missed.
Jackson makes the Eagles much more dangerous on offense, as Philadelphia comes into the season as the favorite to win the NFC East division, and challenge the Green Bay Packers for the NFC title on NFL Futures Odds at Bodog Sportsbook.