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DeSean Jackson Wants Top 5 WR Money, Michael Irvin Lies About Teammates Criticizing Him

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The issue between DeSean Jackson and the Eagles has never been that they disagree that the WR deserves a new deal. Where they appear to part ways is just how much of a raise he deserves. We really haven't known how either side values Jackson's services until now... We still don't know what the Eagles think, but Jackson seems to think he's a top five WR and deserves to be paid as such.

Sheil Kapadia transcribed a few of his quotes from the interview DeSean did with Michael Irvin this morning and this is what he had to say  when Irvin asked if he deserved to be paid in the Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson range.

"I think, right in that range, maybe top five in the NFL as far as my playmaking skills ability, punt return, dynamic duo of being able to get the ball and score at any point on the field," Jackson said. "I mean, Fitzgerald, he's a great receiver, don't get me wrong, but he doesn't play special teams so I think that's the extra edge to it."

DeSean is a special talent. He's having a sub-par year, but there's no denying that he is an exciting playmaker. But he has to be kidding himself if he thinks he's the range of Fitzgerald or Johnson. Just to illustrate the difference this season.

DeSean Jackson: 29 catches, 503 yards, 2 TDs.
Larry FItzgerald: 45 catches, 792 yards, 5 TDs.
Calvin Johnson: 54 catches, 885 yards, 11 TDs.

Case closed? I think it's safe to say the Eagles aren't going to pay him like he's Larry Fitzgerald, but will anyone else? There's no doubt that I think he'd make big money as a free agent, but it's not going to be Fitzgerald money. Al Davis' death erased any chance of that happening.

Be sure to check after the jump for the worst part of this interview.
Jackson also told Irving that it "hurt inside" to see the Eagles spend so much money this offseason and not give him a new deal. Of course, in reality, he means "and not give me exactly what I want."

Final note, Kapadia also caught a pretty egregious error/bit of laziness/lie by Michael Irvin in the interview. He told Jackson "it was reported" that some members of his team said he "doesn't want to go over the middle." The question seemed to bother Jackson, who was annoyed that a teammate would say something like that. Problem is, unless I missed something, no one ever did. And Irving wasn't claiming this was something he was told, he said this was "reported" already. And it simply wasn't.

Is there no editorial control at NFL Network? Michael Irving is allowed to invent reports and ask players about them? This is the danger of having ex jocks pretend to be reporters. They have no accountability and more often than they don't seem to do the work a reporter does to get facts. Sure, players are more likely to open up to a fellow player than a reporter, but what good is that if the fellow player isn't even talking about the truth?