Eagles Notes: With no CBA, DeSean Jackson's contract extension remains in limbo

DeSean Jackson , coming off a second straight Pro Bowl season, is heading into the final year of his four-year deal.
DeSean Jackson , coming off a second straight Pro Bowl season, is heading into the final year of his four-year deal.
Posted: March 23, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - If what to do with Kevin Kolb is the Eagles' chief priority once the lockout ends, then DeSean Jackson's contract situation is probably the runner-up.

Like trading Kolb, however, the Eagles can't do anything in terms of a contract extension for Jackson until there is a new collective bargaining agreement, or a court ruling ending the work stoppage.

The Eagles wide receiver has one year left on the four-year contract he signed as a rookie - one that pays him significantly less than comparable receivers. Jackson wants an extension, and the Eagles were believed to have intimated to him that he would receive one.

But coach Andy Reid did not confirm this thinking when he was asked during the owners meetings on Tuesday if Jackson would have an extension had there been a labor agreement.

"We'd have to talk about that," Reid said. "We'd have to look at that. That's a what if. I'm not into the what ifs. There are a lot of things that go into that that you have to look at."

Jackson is slated to earn approximately $550,000 in base salary next season. He's coming off his second straight 1,000-yard receiving, Pro Bowl season. But his 47 receptions were among the lowest for a starter. Reid was asked if he wanted the 24-year-old beyond next season.

"Yeah, I like him," Reid said. "I don't get into all that. I don't get into all the contracts and talking about all that stuff, that's just not the way to go. I try to talk to the person or the agent, and go from there."

Jackson, who is represented by Drew Rosenhaus, has also suffered two concussions over the last two seasons. Reid said he was not concerned about the 5-foot-10, 175-pound receiver's durability, though.

Akers and Andy

Reid was asked, in light of subsequent revelations, if he would have taken back comments he made about David Akers following the Eagles' playoff loss to the Packers.

Akers missed two field goals in the 21-16 loss and Reid said: "We can all count. Those points would have helped."

Later it was learned that Akers was told just days prior to the game that his 7-year-old daughter needed to have an ovary removed because of a cancerous cyst. Reid knew of his plight, but Akers has said that his coach's comments were not harsh.

"I think he came out and explained what went on," Reid said of Akers. "I think that's good enough. I'm obviously very concerned about his daughter, No. 1."

In February, the Eagles placed a transition tag on Akers in order to have the right of first refusal should another team attempt to sign him. The kicker did not sign the tender.

"I'm not getting into that," Reid said. "David and I have been together a long time and it will all work out."

Extra points

LeSean McCoy clarified on Twitter an earlier tweet that he was having an unidentified surgery on Tuesday. The running back wrote that he underwent a corrective eye procedure. . . . Stewart Bradley and Jamar Chaney are expected to compete for the middle linebacker spot next season. Asked whether Bradley could play strongside linebacker if Chaney was in the middle, Reid said: "He could." . . . Reid said that he had no memory of the early February rumor that Jon Gruden was to replace him as head coach. "I know every year it tends to come up," he said. "I don't really remember. But that's all right. Jon and I are good friends."

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Jackson's contract status remains in limbo. C7

Contact staff writer Jeff McLane at 215-854-4745 or jmclane@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Jeff_McLane.

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