Newsday's Bob Glauber goes the extra yard for the inside scoop on the NFL.
Eagles give DeSean Jackson a new deal
The Eagles had designated wide receiver DeSean Jackson as their franchise player as a way to make sure he remained with the team through at least the 2012 season. But they did one better - actually five better - today by giving him a five-year, $51 million contract.
“We are thrilled to be able to keep one of the NFL’s top playmakers in Philadelphia,” said Eagles head coach Andy Reid. “DeSean is a game breaker, he has the speed and ability to score from anywhere on the field, and he has proven himself to be a big threat for our offense. Signing our own players was a big priority for us this offseason and DeSen was certainly high on our list. We are very excited about his future as an Eagle.”
Jackson has 229 career receptions for 4,085 yards and 21 touchdowns in his four season with the Eagles. He has three rushing touchdowns and a team-record four punt return touchdowns - including the one that essentially knocked the Giants out of the 2010 playoff race. He was a Pro Bowl selection after the 2009-10 seasons.
A second-round pick in 2008, Jackson is averaging 45.4 yards per score on 30 career touchdowns (including playoffs). Jackson is one of five players in NFL history to post 900-or-more yards in each of his four seasons, and has the most receiving yards ever by an Eagle after his first four seasons in Philadelphia.