Word broke late last week that Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson had parted ways with his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. With music being one of Jackson's interests — he has his own record label — reports surfaced that Jackson was looking to partner with Jay-Z, who has opened up his own sports representation agency, Roc Nation.
No so fast, says Jackson.
"I’m not really speaking on that. I just think that’s a very personal issue," Jackson said of his agent change, according to Tim McManus of Phillymag.com "[As far as] Jay-Z and Roc Nation and all that other stuff, I’m really not entertaining any of that right now. I’m just focused on having a great season and the time is right I’ll be picking another agent. Right now is not the right time for that."
Jackson, 26, caught 45 passes for 700 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games in 2012, the least productive of his five seasons in the NFL. Jackson, who was signed to a five-year, $48.25 million contract last March, missed the final five games of the season due to fractured ribs.
According to McManus, Jackson has spent time running the second- and even third-team offense, a situation that prompted him to seek clarity with a face-to-face chat with first-year head coach Chip Kelly. Now that Jackson understands what's expected of him, he's fully on-board with Kelly's offense.
"I think one of the biggest reasons was the offense was kind of new to myself and I never really had to learn every position in the offense [under former head coach Andy Reid]," said Jackson. "At the beginning of the process I didn’t know the full offense and I didn’t know every play, so that probably had to do with why I was moved to different teams and things like that. Now I am all-in on the offense and I’m very familiar with the whole system. It’s a good thing that I am able to learn that and know what everyone is doing instead of one person."
As noted by McManus, 2013 is a critical season for Jackson.
The two-time Pro Bowler will earn $7 million in total cash compensation this season ($6.75 million base salary plus a $250,000 workout bonus) before his pay increases to $10.5 million in 2014. According to a source with knowledge of Jackson's contract, the former Cal star currently has a $250,000 guarantee in 2014, which will void if Jackson completes the Eagles' workout program this offseason. According to McManus, Jackson has superb attendance at the workouts thus far. If Jackson is not an elite No. 1 receiver in Kelly's system, the Eagles could move in a different direction and release him, saving $10.5 million in cash and $6.5 million in cap space in 2014.