After about a year of hand-wringing over what the Eagles should or shouldn’t pay DeSean Jackson, we finally have our answer: $51 million, over 5 years, $18 million guaranteed:
DeSean is such an enigma. In 2011, he moped his way through the season, which was strange for a guy playing for a contract. He had just 58 catches, 961 yards, 4 TD’s, and a boatload of drops, some of which were in critical moments. Compare those numbers to Jabar Gaffney (68-947-5). I don’t want to sound like I’m taking a shot at Gaffney with that comment, but the expectations for those two players were vastly different. That’s bad DeSean. Conversely, in 2009, he had TD distances of 85, 72, 71, 67, 64, 60, 57, 54, 48, 35, 19, 4, and 2. That’s the DeSean that’s as big a threat to score anytime he touches the football as anyone in the league. It’s the DeSean that scares the daylights out of opposing defensive coordinators, who park their safeties 30 yards off the line of scrimmage. Good DeSean is such an intriguing football player, but Bad DeSean makes you think twice about giving him a lucrative long term deal.
Which DeSean will show up in 2012?