Philadelphia Eagles unlikely to give DeSean Jackson new contract

Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Bears 54-11. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

A few days ago, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson suggested he’d like a new contract. Of course, Jackson, who just signed a new deal in 2012 quickly attempted to clarify his comments and downplayed the idea of such – suggesting his words were twisted.

Regardless, it doesn’t appear as if the Eagles have any desire to restructure Jackson’s deal at the current moment, who had a career season catching passes from Nick Foles.

There has been speculation that the Eagles may be open to restructuring Jackson’s deal to lower the 2014 salary cap number in exchange for more guaranteed money. While that is possible, it is also unlikely to happen, the source said.

The Eagles have close to $20 million in cap space as they head in to the offseason. While Jackson put up career numbers in coach Chip Kelly’s first season, he faded in the final three games of the season.

Understandably, the Eagles would likely be quite willing to restructure Jackson’s deal to get themselves better situated under the cap, but at this time that doesn’t appear to be a need. Add in that the Eagles would be giving Jackson a new deal after his extremely impressive campaign – they’d be paying premium prices to retain his services. There are better times for the Eagles to open up negotiations than in the present.

Topics: DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

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