A season ago, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson watched how the organization issued major deals to other players, guaranteeing millions of dollars to individuals to make the team better. Quarterback Michael Vick, six-year, $100 million guaranteeing nearly $40 million; defensive end Jason Babin, five-year, $28 million guaranteeing nearly $6 million and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, five-year, $60 million guaranteeing $25 million. Jackson finally received his just-do as he signed a five-year, $51 million deal Thursday. Now, Jackson is relieved and feeling good.
“That just shows you how God works,” said Jackson at his press conference Thursday, according to the team’s press release. “I could just remember before free agency started, everyone was saying, ‘Whoa, he’s not going to get a deal,’ and I was just like well we’re talking. So nobody knows what he knows. For myself, to hear all the negativity just drives me to go out and just keep doing what I do and that’s put up the big numbers and do the things I’ve been doing since I came to the NFL. It’s definitely a good feeling.”
It would be difficult for anyone who has been with a company for a while to become a major asset, even when times were hard, to only be overlooked by management in their effects to hire new people with better deals to improve the business.
The Eagles never overlooked Jackson, as their 25-year old playmaker was always their top priority.
“We are thrilled to be able to keep one of the NFL’s top playmakers in Philadelphia,” said Eagles head coach Andy Reid. “DeSean is a game breaker, he has the speed and ability to score from anywhere on the field, and he has proven himself to be a big threat for our offense. Signing our own players was a big priority for us this offseason and DeSean was certainly high on our list. We are very excited about his future as an Eagle.”
When Jackson was hit with the team’s franchise tag early March, he was focus on the upcoming season and ready to move.
“It’s a blessing to be able to do that now and not have to worry about certain things while I’m in the season like trying to get this or get that,” said Jackson. “All that stuff can be done so that I can go into the season and just play football, which is what I’m able to do that. I’m going to go out there and give it my all. I’m excited about the situation and I don’t want to get caught in any other ways or what happened in the past. I want to move forward on that. I’m excited, and the Philadelphia fans out there, I’m just ready for this year and this is a big year for us.”
The 5-10, 175-pound wideout from California is satisfied knowing he can provide for his family and that he has security with the team and the city he wants to play in.
“That’s all I really wanted to have (security). I have my family that I care for to the utmost,” said Jackson. “A mother, brother, nephews, and sisters, things like that. We just worked so hard. I just want to be able to – like I said when I was a young kid- I just wanted to take care of my family and I am able to do that now.
“Feeling relieved might be semi-enough, but it’s more of a blessing in a sense and God’s gift,” he added. “It’s something no man can do, it’s the man above that really set it in stone for everything. It’s not necessarily being relieved, it’s more of a blessed feeling of getting what you’re worth and what you deserve, and being able to go out there and play at a high level. With going out there and getting paid good money and just being satisfied, you still have to go out there and play at a high level.
“That’s something I am willing to do, that’s something I live to do,” he continued. “I felt I was born for that stage with Sunday night lights, big games, those are games I arrive in. I just feel that my destiny with the Eagles is very bright and I’m still happy that I have five bright years to look for.”