Philadelphia Eagles: DeSean Jackson Ending Holdout

2 08 2011

by Ryan Wilson on cbssports.comDeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles

DeSean Jackson hinted at a holdout last week but now, according to 6ABC in Philadelphia, the Eagles wide receiver will report to training camp at Lehigh University, either Monday or Tuesday.

The team’s second-round pick in the 2008 draft has become one of the most dynamic players in the league during this three-year career, and Jackson wants a contract that reflects that. He’s in the final year of his rookie deal, one that will pay him $565,000 in 2011. Still, the organization has no interest in talking to Jackson about a new deal until he reports to camp.

Eagles president Joe Banner, appearing on the 610 WIP Radio Morning Show Monday, didn’t mince words.

“I think it would be best if DeSean came into camp and focused on being the best player he can be. Whether that’s short term or long term, that serves his goal and ours the best.”

This is the same stance the Titans are taking with running back Chris Johnson, although Johnson has said previously that he has no plans to report until he has a long-term deal.

The Eagles, meanwhile, have had a busy week accumulating talent. In addition to cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Philly added Jason Babin and Vince Young.

Getting Jackson back in the mix makes the NFC’s early Super Bowl favorite even better.

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