EAGLES PLACE FRANCHISE TAG ON DESEAN JACKSON

Excerpt: "The first franchise tag has been placed, and Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson
is the lucky recipient of it.

Well, lucky in as much, as he’ll make about
$9.5 million for 2012, but not so lucky in that Jackson has badly wanted a
long-term deal for the past two seasons. Lucky in that Jackson can begin to
rebuild his reputation after a terrible end of 2011 when we wondered about his
bad attitude. Unlucky in that if Jackson were to suffer a significant injury,
his prospects for a big-time deal after 2012 will diminish greatly.

“We
want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right
direction to accomplish that,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said in a
statement. “DeSean is a talented player and a proven playmaker in this league
and we look forward to him continuing his career in Philadelphia. It’s our
understanding that he has the same desire. We will continue our efforts on
getting a long-term deal done with him.” Read more...