All week, NFL Network has been showing little teasers of an interview DeSean Jackson did with Michael Irvin. They showed it in its entirety this morning, and the video is now up on NFL.com.
Michael Irvin posed the question:
You got Larry Fitzgerald making $20/year, and you got Calvin Johnson at about $8-9 million. Where does DeSean Jackson fit in there?
Note – Fitzgerald signed an 8 year, $128 million contract in August (not $20 mil, just FYI) and Calvin Johnson is still playing out his 6 year $55 million rookie contract, which is a big one, seeing as he was the 2nd overall pick in 2007. DeSean’s reply:
“I think, right in that range, maybe top five in the NFL. I think 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. 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.”
The Eagles have gotten heat from the fans recently for not getting a long term deal done with Jackson. It appears we may now know why DeSean has yet to get that mega payday – His evaluation of himself in comparison to other receivers around the league is absurd.
Before the season began, I had Jackson as the best WR in the NFC East. My take on him at the time:
The premier playmaker in the NFL (apologies to Chris Johnson). TD distances of 85, 71, 64, 67, 57, 54, 48, 35, 72, and 60 (among other shorter ones) in 2009. TD distances of 91, 88, 61, 45, 34, 31, 65 (among other shorter ones) in 2010. True game-changing elite NFL player.
Entering 2011, Jackson made it known that his number 1 priority was to stay healthy. So far, mission accomplished. However, if you were to go on this year alone, numbers wise, his production may not even be top 5 in the division:
|DeSean Jackson||Eagles||8 (missed one due to suspension)||29||503||2|
Meanwhile, here’s what Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson have done so far this season:
DeSean is 24 years old. He’s going to get a huge contract in less than a year. Then MTV’s Cribs can come to his house and he can show off his aquirium bed, customized Batmobile, his skate park, and his 20,000 gallon hot tub. Those dollars are right around the corner. And then 4 or 5 years down the line, if he’s still playing at a high level, he’ll get another fat contract.