The Philadelphia Eagles placed the franchise tag on Jackson on Thursday, assuring the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver at least $9.4 million next season if he signs the tender. “I am honored that the Philadelphia Eagles organization perceives me as a franchise player. I look forward to getting a long-term deal done soon and being an Eagle for many years to come,” Jackson said in a statement. The Eagles have placed the franchise tag on star receiver DeSean Jackson.
A 2008 second-round pick out of Cal, Jackson led Philadelphia with 961 yards receiving last season, and was scheduled to become a free agent on March 13. “We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that,” general manager Howie Roseman said. “DeSean is a talented player and a proven playmaker in this league and we look forward to him continuing his career in Philadelphia. “It’s our understanding that he has the same desire. We will continue our efforts on getting a long-term deal done with him.”
By applying the franchise tag, the Eagles must pay Jackson the average of the top five salaries at his position. The Eagles placed the tag on quarterback Michael Vick last year before giving him a six-year, $100 million deal before the season started.
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