Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 3/1/12
The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have placed the franchise tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was due to become a free agent on March 13. "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 team release. "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." The Eagles' second-round draft pick in 2008, Jackson earned a Pro Bowl berth following the 2009 and 2010 seasons when he posted 229 passes for 4,085 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also has rushed for three touchdowns during his career as well as posting a team-record four touchdowns on punt returns. He is one of five players in NFL history to post 900-or-more yards in each of their first four campaigns and has the most receiving yards by any Eagle after their first four seasons in Philadelphia.
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