DeSean Jackson Is Pissing Me Off To No End

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Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means happy that DeSean Jackson had over 375,000 worth of money and jewelry stolen from his Philadelphia house, in addition to two guns, Friday night. But, just about everything that he has done over the last ten days has disgusted me.

The first thing that DeSean did wrong, was be completely taken out of the Saints game for the first two and a half quarters. It took him until the near-end of the third-quarter to even make a catch, and he only finished with three catches for 53 yards. Granted, he did make some key plays in the fourth quarter, but having three catches in a playoff game certainly isn’t something that you expect out of your star receiver.

Instead of disappearing after the Eagles’ season came to a conclusion, and building to make sure that he can follow up a great regular season with a good playoff performance next year, DeSean went in an entirely different direction.

“I definitely feel it’s something deserving,” Jackson said Monday. “We’ll see how that plays out, and hopefully we can work things out smoothly and not have to worry about anything out of the ordinary.

“But I definitely feel like it’s deserving. I’m proven in this league, and after this past year, went out there, no distractions, and just really put it all in for my team and went out there and had a lot of success, so we’ll see how it goes.”

“What I think I’m able to do on the field definitely speaks for itself,” Jackson said. “Hopefully we can work something out that’s fair for both of us, but I definitely feel like it’s deserving.”

I’m not saying that DeSean hasn’t earned at least a little more guaranteed money on his deal, but he certainly isn’t a better player than the $10.25 MM he is scheduled to make next season. I think it’s even fair to argue if he is worth that much.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer called a new deal for Jackson “unlikely”, on Friday.  Given his timing, I’m not sure that restructuring Jackson’s deal and giving him more money isn’t a possibility, but why would you publicly lobby for that as you are clearing your locker out after being eliminated in the first-round of the playoffs? Did those three catches prove to the Eagles that they need to get a new deal done with you?

Perhaps the thing that rubbed me the wrong way the most this week, was DeSean’s seeming lack of feeling upset about the Eagles’ loss. He used his Instagram account numerous times (besides to go back on his contract comments) to talk about his great life this week.

Here are a few examples:



I’m glad the DeSean was partying with Terrio, the internet sensation famous for saying “Ooh kill ‘em!”, within the same week that the Saints killed the Eagles’ playoff hopes. In a sense, it almost seems fitting.

What makes me most hesitant to redo DeSean’s contract is things like this. I know that players aren’t going to stay at home for a month after they are eliminated from the playoffs. I get that. But if I just lose a big playoff game where I was virtually taken out of the game, I wouldn’t be tweeting about how “far I’ve made it” or my boy “Terrio”.  I’d be upset, and trying my best to stay out of the public eye or at least more low-key than usual, until the Superbowl was over.

I just don’t see other great competitors acting like that. I see great competitors frustrated for weeks, and beyond that, but so frustrated for the first week or two that they don’t even leave their house, let along post Instagram pictures about how great their lives are. I see them more focused on how to reach the next level in their respective sports, and that is why those great competitors are often the ones who do get paid when they ask for it, DeSean.

 

Topics: DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

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