The Philadelphia Eagles were the first team in the NFL to use the franchise tag, yesterday applying it to WR DeSean Jackson.
Jackson was thrilled at the tagging and has expressed his intention to sign the tender, which would pay him a guaranteed $9.4 million, as soon as possible. The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane notes that this amount is “more than three times what he made during his first four seasons in the NFL.”
In a statement, Jackson said
“I am honored that the Eagles organization perceives me as a franchise player. I look forward to getting a long-term deal done soon and being an Eagle for many years to come.”
Jackson’s tenuous financial situation, including debt to agent Drew Rosenhaus, purportedly added to his unhappiness about his contract situation last year. That didn’t stop DeSean from doing some celebratory spending yesterday, tweeting a picture of himself in front of a Gucci store.
The tag placed on Jackson is a nonexclusive one, meaning that the Eagles can trade DeSean...