Eagles fans who have been holding their breath for the past 11 days awaiting the team’s top receiver can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Dynamic wide receiver DeSean Jackson will end his holdout on Monday.
DeSean Jackson has been nowhere to be found for the first 11 days of Eagles Training camp at Lehigh University, holding out for a new deal that pays him more than his base salary of just $600 thousand this season. While many fretted when Jackson would report, August 9th always loomed as the drop dead date for him to end his holdout. If Jackson were absent beyond Tuesday, the fourth year receiver would forfeit his right to unrestricted free-agency at the end of the season.
Sources confirm that Jackson and agent Drew Rosenhaus plan to end their holdout and report to the team a day before the deadline, on Monday.The Eagles have a long-standing policy of not negotiating with players while they are holding out, which makes Jackson’s return to the team essential not only to the team’s success but his pursuit of a new contract as well.
It remains to be seen how much on field work Jackson will participate in as he is unlikely to put himself at risk for injury without the safety net of a new deal. However, his presence combined with the team’s $4 million in salary cap space, make negotiating a new contract much more likely for both sides.
The Eagles will not practice on Tuesday but fans can get their first glimpse at number 10 this season on Monday at 8:05.
Matt Lombardo is a reporter and host for 97.3 ESPN in Atlantic City, NJ. Matt can be reached on Twitter @MattLombardoPHL
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