Philadelphia: Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson ($9.4 million)
Jackson and agent Drew Rosenhaus both tried to place a positive spin on being franchised. Jackson, whose financial well-being was a hot topic of speculation in league circles last weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, said he was “blessed” in a statement posted on his Twitter account. Rosenhaus addressed the possibility of a franchise designation Wednesday night with me and co-host Gil Brandt on Sirius XM NFL Radio.
“If a player is franchised, it certainly doesn’t mean you have to play for that franchise tag for that year,” Rosenhaus said. “You obviously have the opportunity to get a deal done afterwards before (training) camp starts . . . Believe me, we’re going to roll up our sleeves and hope that we can convert that into a multiyear deal.”
For that to happen, the Eagles must be convinced that Jackson’s erratic 2011 campaign was an aberration after his first three dynamic NFL seasons. —Alex Marvez
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