Let the franchise tagging begin! Today is the first day of a two-week period where the Philadelphia Eagles can designate DeSean Jackson as their franchise player for the 2012 season.
Over the past month, there have been several reports and much speculation that the Eagles will, in fact, use the tag on Jackson. The thinking is simple: the two sides are far apart in contract negotiations and Jackson is too valuable to just let walk away.
Plus, using the tag on him buys time for further negotiations in hopes to finally reach a deal. Or, as many believe as well, it will allow the Eagles to listen to trade offers for him.
As I’ve maintained all along, I’m of the opinion the Eagles should re-sign him long term, I just don’t think they will due to financial disparities. Therefore, to me, the Eagles have three options: re-sign him to a long-term deal, trade him, or let him walk away.
However, there is a fourth option.
The fourth option would be to place th...