Questions abound as Eagles' Jackson reportedly arrives in Philly

One question hanging over camp is whether Michael Vick (above) or DeSean Jackson will get a contract extension first.
One question hanging over camp is whether Michael Vick (above) or DeSean Jackson will get a contract extension first. (YONG KIM / Staff Photographer)
Posted: August 08, 2011

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - After Michael Vick confirmed that DeSean Jackson - who reportedly was in Philadelphia on Sunday - will report to Eagles training camp on Monday, there were three obvious questions:

What time will Jackson arrive at camp?

When the flamboyant wide receiver does show, will he be a happy Eagle or a malcontent only looking for a new deal?

Who gets the first contract extension, Vick or Jackson?

The Eagles did not verify Sunday that Jackson will report to Lehigh University, but the fourth-year player arrived in Philadelphia - accompanied by his agent, Drew Rosenhaus - according to TV reports.

The last time Rosenhaus accompanied one of his clients to an Eagles training camp, it was with Terrell Owens in 2005. They wanted a new contract and Owens' displeasure boiled over until he was eventually sent home by coach Andy Reid.

The Eagles will not meet with Rosenhaus to discuss a new contract when he drops off Jackson, a team source said. Team president Joe Banner is out of town, although general manager Howie Roseman will be at Lehigh.

"I haven't really focused on [Jackson]. I haven't talked to him," Reid said. "If he's here, more power to him; if he's not - like I told you before, my focus is to make sure that I get the guys that are here coached-up."

Vick said he spoke with Jackson Saturday night, but that he didn't know exactly when Jackson would arrive Monday. The Eagles have an 8:05 a.m. practice and 2:45 p.m. walk-through scheduled. They are off Tuesday, the date by which Jackson needs to report if he doesn't want to lose a year toward becoming a free agent.

"I don't know the details. I just know he'll be here," Vick said.

Jackson is believed to want a new contract. He is entering the final year of a deal he signed as a rookie in 2009. He is slated to earn approximately $600,000 in base salary this season. The Eagles have not started negotiating with Jackson, which is team policy during a player holdout.

Vick was asked if he thought Jackson would show up a happy camper or disgruntled employee.

"I can say he's excited to be back," Vick said. "He's ready to come back and play football. He said when he comes back he's going to handle his business and he'll be the consummate teammate."

Vick, given a franchise tag in March, also is signed for only one year, but he is set to make roughly $16 million. Vick has intimated that the Eagles and his agent, Joel Segal, have begun talks on an extension. A deal needs to be completed by Sept. 20 or Vick has to wait until after the season for a multiyear contract.

The team may need to create salary-cap space to give Jackson a bigger deal, and they could do it by reducing Vick's 2011 salary in return for a large signing bonus.

After a few early rough practices, Vick has been sharp in camp even though he hasn't had his top two receivers. Jeremy Maclin has been sidelined with an unexplained illness.

"You're always excited when you're getting your No. 1 guy back," Vick said. "It's self-explanatory. It speaks for itself."


Contact staff writer Jeff McLane at 215-854-4745, jmclane@phillynews.com,

or @Jeff_McLane on Twitter.

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