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DeSean Jackson Drama is Sad to Watch: A Fan’s Opinion
As an Eagles fan, the sudden decline of DeSean Jackson(notes) has been a major disappointment. I have been a huge Jackson fan ever since he came here. Not only is he a dynamic player on the football field but he is also a class act off of it. Jackson has done a lot of charity work, especially working with kids that have been bullied. But the last few weeks have been unbelievably rough for Jackson. Ever since he was suspended for the November 13 game against the Arizona Cardinals, there seems to have been a steady decline in Jackson's game. This opens up serious questions about this future with the team.
In the past two losses, fans have seen Jackson drop passes, short arm balls, and not run out routes. Those are things I never would have expected to see from a guy like Jackson. He seemed like anything but a prima donna wide receiver. He seemed like a guy that worked hard and cared a lot about the team. Now, it is hard not to think that his contract situation hasn't gotten to him. Jackson is being paid less than $600,000 and has long wanted a new deal. But until he was suspended for missing a team meeting, he didn't talk about it. Since that time we have seen him express how unhappy he was and we have seen him act incredibly immature.
What will this mean for Jackson and the Eagles? I still would love to have him on the roster. However, if the Eagles didn't resign him up until this point, I can't imagine Jackson is swaying them in his favor. To me, it looks like Jackson has checked out mentally and his attitude is clearly bad. He has become nasty with the media and he seems disinterested in anything related to football. As a Jackson fan, it has been very hard to watch.
If I had to guess, I would say that there is no chance that both Jackson and Andy Reid will be with the team next year. If the Eagles stick with Reid, I imagine they will let Jackson walk. But if the front office decides to make a major change with the head coach, there is a chance that Jackson will come back. At this point, it is hard to guess what will happen. Right now, it is clear that Jackson is going through a terrible phase.
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