I suppose this was bound to happen at some point; according to several sources, DeSean Jackson (pictured) is expected to ask the Eagles for a new contract. The explosive Wide Receiver has only completed two seasons in the NFL, but he has certainly been a key contributor to the team’s success. Signed to a 4-year deal prior to his rookie campaign, Jackson’s contract is not scheduled to expire until after the 2011 season, but based off his current salary totals (and the fact that his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has a name for being a big-money negotiator), it seems appropriate the young star is yearning for an extension at this point.
The Eagles tend to lock up players they believe will be future stars with long-term contracts, so it would seem Jackson’s expected request will be granted at some time during this offseason. In 15 games this past season, the 2nd-round Draft pick from ‘08 grabbed 62 passes for 1,156 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also ran for a score and held the league’s best average on punt returns. His Pro-Bowl berth was one of many awards showered upon Jackson, and at 23 years old, he still has an extreme upside.
Details or approximated money amounts were not disclosed, but it appears obvious that Jackson will request at least a doubling of his current payment (estimated to be a combined $1.025 million over the next 2 seasons). If negotiations do take place, they are not likely to begin until later in the offseason. Updates will definitely follow throughout the near future if/when more information is released regarding the situation.