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Unsettled contract likely at the heart of DeSean’s discontent

DeSean Jackson

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins during the first half an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Much has been said about the recent incident between Eagles coach Andy Reid and receiver DeSean Jackson. Reid reportedly thought Jackson was too “loose” before Sunday’s loss to the Bears, and Reid opted to reportedly chew out Jackson in front of the rest of the team. The tongue-lashing left Jackson reportedly “distraught.”

So what’s really going on here? Jackson, who is at best 170 pounds with his cleats and pads on, has suffered concussions in each of the last two seasons, including a reportedly severe one on October 17. He’s still operating under a slotted contract that pays him based on his second-round draft status, even though he’s one of the best receivers in the league.

Maybe, then, any actual or perceived lack of focus comes from mounting frustration regarding the team’s failure to provide him with the kind of financial security that may never come if he keeps suffering concussions.

Here’s video of DeSean trying to avoid becoming the next T.O., even though he seems to be heading in that direction.

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