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DeSean Jackson tells T.Ocho that he wants to get PAID!

DeSean Jackson's spectacular 90 yard touchdown on Sunday Night Football against the Dallas CowboysWhile most Philadelphia Eagles fans are still talking about the show DeSean Jackson put on Sunday Night in Dallas, DeSean Jackson has something else on his mind and that is getting PAID! D Jax talked about a getting a new deal on the T.Ocho Show this week and let’s just say he isn’t going to come cheap!

DeSean Jackson is currently in the third year of a four year deal he signed as a rookie drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008. DeSean Jackson’s contract pays him $480,000 in base salary this year and $565,000 next year. Unfortunately the current CBA rules cap Jackson at a 30% contract extension in an uncapped year. And here you have one of the many reasons why the NFL will either lock out its players or must negotiate a new deal with the NFLPA.

I don’t care whether you are a Philadelphia Eagles fan or a scorned Dallas Cowboys fan we can all agree that DeSean Jackson is severely underpaid. To put into perspective how underpaid he is, there are close to 20 players that make more money than him on the Eagles. Randy Moss’s contract earns him $6.4 million this year. Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Sam Hurd will make $1.759 million this year. Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey’s salary for 2010 is $21.4 million! Need I go on?

The uncertainty of the NFL CBA couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles would reportedly love to sign quarterback Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson to new contracts but aren’t sure how to proceed with the uncertainty of the CBA. For Jackson it may be in his best interest to play out next season in hopes that the NFL can go back to a salary cap or just eliminate the 30% rule altogether. However, the last thing the Philadelphia Eagles need is their player who is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL to hit the free agent market in 2011.

The yellow elephant in the room here is DeSean Jackson’s durability. Jackson has already missed games due to injury. He has suffered two concussions in the last two years. With the NFL being so diligent on concussions, Jackson could be another concussion or two away from being forced into early retirement. On top of that, add in Jackson’s small 175 lb. frame being battered for 16-18 weeks a year and you have a player with a very short lifespan of greatness. Throw in the durability questions about Michael Vick and you have to wonder how much the Eagles are going to spend on two guys that probably will never play a full season.

The salary scale on wide receivers is nowhere near what the franchise quarterbacks in the NFL make. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald makes an average of $10 million a year and most agree that he and Andre Johnson are the best receivers in the NFL. Could D Jax change that? While $10 million is hardly chump change, it seems a little unfair when you look at the money that average quarterbacks like Donovan McNabb and Matt Cassel make in the league.

I also think that the recent rash of big spending by the Philadelphia Phillies will put a lot of pressure on the Eagles to get these deals done. In a matter of three years the Phillies have taken over a city that the Eagles owned for the last two decades. Signing Cliff Lee this week probably solidified the Phillies’ hold for at least another five years. If the Eagles play cheap and allow Jackson to somehow walk or sit out and miss games, Philadelphia fans will turn on them in a hurry. Perception is reality and when you have a team across the street showing the fans that they will do and spend anything to win, the Eagles better do the same or they are going to start seeing something that they haven’t seen in a long time….empty seats.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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