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DeSean Jackson Gets A New Deal: 5 years, $51 Million

DeSean Jackson gets a 5 year $51 Million contract.

Last year Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, DeSean Jackson held himself out of the Philadelphia Eagles training camp due to contract issues. Though despite not getting his way Jackson wouldn’t hold out as he would “play” in the 2011-12 NFL season. Though, “play” is the word. Just like Barry Bonds’ home run record has an asterisk; DeSean Jackson’s 2011-12 has one as well.

15 games, not 16 because he was late for a team meeting, 58 receptions, 961 yards, four touchdowns, and more dropped passes and plays taken off then any other NFL player ever seen before DeSean Jackson had one of his worst seasons of his career. However he would still be rewarded for it.

Five years, $51 Million according to a league source.

51 Million dollars for pretty much maybe not even 50 percent of effort. Though Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid listed Jackson as a priority to sign.

“Signing our own players was a big priority for us this offseason,” Reid said. “And DeSean was certainly high on our list. We are very excited about his future as an Eagle.”

Reid would go onto continue.

“We are thrilled to be able to keep one of the NFL’s top playmakers in Philadelphia,” Reid said. “DeSean is a gamebreaker. 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.”

A great threat in a hurtful way, at least as you could say that’s how Jackson was to the Eagles last season. Though, he still managed to get paid, I just don’t get it. I mean how a player could player play almost as worse as he did in his rookie season (62 receptions, 912 yards, and 2 touchdowns) and not to mention all the distractions that he caused with his contract issues last year still get paid?

I don’t know. Though, it’s Philadelphia. There are a lot of things that people don’t know about Philadelphia like, why did the fans throw snowballs at Santa? Or why did they cheer when Dallas Cowboys wide receiver lay on the ground in pain after a blind-sided hit?

There are a lot of things in life that we’ll never have an answer too; however I guess we know one thing in the Philadelphia Eagles organization, you certainly don’t have to work for your paycheck.

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The Philadelphia Eagles Are On Life Support As It’s Win Or Go Home

In Young we trust.

During the off-season the Philadelphia Eagles made more moves then any usual team does in the off-season. However they weren’t just “moves” as the players they acquired put them at “dream team” status, a nickname given by quarterback Vince Young.

The main acquisitions that the Eagles made were; acquiring corner back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 second-round draft pick in exchange for quarterback Kevin Kolb from the Arizona Cardinals. They acquired corner back Nnamdi Asomugha and quarterback Vince Young from the free agency and then signed Asomugha to a five-year contract and Young to a one year. Then one day later they signed defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins to a five year deal. Then on August 3rd, they signed running back Ronnie Brown. Seven days later, they signed New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith.

The off-season transactions that the Eagles made many believe that they were the favorites to win the Super Bowl for the upcoming season and for years to come. However they would soon find out that you still have to play the game. Winning in week one against the St. Louis Rams, 31-13 the Eagles looked like the team they were expected to be; winners. Though despite the week one victory, the Eagles would lose their next four games. Losing to Atlanta Falcons 35-31, the New York Giants 29-16, the San Francisco 49ers 24-23, and the Buffalo Bills 31-24, the Philadelphia Eagles were 1-4 and in dead last of the NFC East.

Fortunately for the Eagles they would bounce back against the Washington Redskins with a 20-13 win. Then after the bye week the winning would continue as they beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night at home, 34-7 and for once looked like the team everyone thought they would be; winners. But then they would let them off the hook as they would lose their next two games (Chicago 30-24 and Arizona 21-17).

Then in week 11 the Eagles at 3-6 would face the New York Giants in a win or go home situation as if they were to lose again they wouldn’t make the playoffs which meant that they wouldn’t win a Super Bowl. Though just like they did when you least expected them to win the Philadelphia Eagles did it as they won 17-10.

The win over the New York Giants brings them to 4-6 and third in the NFC East, however it doesn’t save them as they still have to win out to make the playoffs. And looking ahead at their schedule with games against the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, and the Washington Redskins it just doesn’t seem that possible. But it seems like when you least expect it, the Philadelphia Eagles do what you least expect them to do. So for right now their season isn’t over though it seems it. But hey, that’s why you play the game.

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The Philadelphia Eagles Are Flying…Just Not in the Right Direction

Fly Eagles Fly?

If the NFL gave the Super Bowl to the team that looked the best on paper then the Philadelphia Eagles would be the Champions. However lucky for the other 31 NFL teams that’s not how it works. In the words of Herm Edwards, “You play to win the game.” Apparently the Eagles don’t understand that as at 1-3 the so called “Dream Team” is still dreaming.

With only one win coming in week 1 against the St. Louis Rams, who if didn’t suffer three injuries to their three key players; Sam Bradford, Danny Amendola, and Steven Jackson the Rams, may just have won that game.

So at 1-3 and dead last in their division the Eagles, heading into Buffalo this week need make some changes…some serious ones. Let’s start with their defense. Supposed to be “unstoppable” and impossible to pass on, the Eagles have been just the opposite.

Now their pass defense hasn’t been that bad as they have allowed only 871 yards and 8 yards per pass in their first four games, that hasn’t been the problem…at least the big problem. What has been the “big problem” is their run defense. Allowing 5.3 yards per carry and 558 yards rushing, the Eagles ranked third to last in the NFL (beating out the Carolina Panthers and the St. Louis Rams) are one of the easiest teams to run the ball on.

With that in mind their pass defense which has been so so could be worse than what it really is. The only reason why we haven’t seen the answer yet is because their run defense is so bad that teams are running the ball more than passing it.

As far as their offense is concerned it’s been just great, just not great when Mike Kafka has been in the game; 16 throws, 11 completions, 107 yards and two interceptions. With Michael Vick in, the statistics were much better; 129 throws, 79 completions, 1,021 yards, six touch downs, and three interceptions. As far as the offense as a whole they rank fourth in the NFL trailing New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, and the Carolina Panthers.

Next up is the Buffalo Bills, a team that has been red hot and is looking to make up for a loss in Cincinnati that they felt shouldn’t have happened. So to all you Eagle fans who booked your plane tickets to Lucas Oil Stadium for this years Super Bowl may want to re-plan or cancel them, because the way the Eagles are playing right now there’s no chance of seeing them in Indianapolis…unless their in the stands.

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