DJax likes Fitz deal

Posted: August 22, 2011

THE MASSIVE contract that Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald agreed to did not go unnoticed by Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who is seeking a new contract.

As word filtered out about Fitzgerald's deal, Jackson posted this message: "Congrats to my Big bro LarryFitzgerald!! Well deserved . . . Wideouts ballin!!"

Fitzgerald's deal, announced Saturday night, is for 8 years and $120 million with $50 million guaranteed. The $15 million average would tie him for the fifth-highest salary in the league, with four quarterbacks topping the list. It is by far the highest for a wide receiver. Carolina's Steve Smith is second at $10.9 million average annual value.

You have to wonder if Drew Rosenhaus, Jackson's agent, was listening when offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was asked yesterday about Jackson's average of 22.5 yards per catch.

"Yards-per-catch is a huge correlation to winning," Mornhinweg said. "That's a tribute to his skill and ability. He's excellent in the yards-per-catch area and that's a plus for our team."

Jackson, as he promised when he ended his holdout, has not said anything publicly about his contract situation since his arrival.

On Saturday, the 28-year-old Fitzgerald, the third overall park in the 2004 draft at the age of 19, spoke of the opportunity to spend his entire career with one team.

"It is an honor," he said. "I am so fortunate. Not many players have that opportunity but [owner] Michael [Bidwill] has allowed me that opportunity and I just want to repay him with great effort and winning. That is what is important."

Noteworthy * 

Plaxico Burress caught three passes for 66 yards, including an over-the-shoulder 26-yarder for a touchdown, in his first game in nearly 3 years to help the New York Jets beat the visiting Cincinnati Bengals 27-7 in a preseason game last night.

Burress, who signed last month after serving 20 months in prison on a gun charge, last played on Nov. 23, 2008, at Arizona while with the New York Giants.

* Carolina coach Ron Rivera said quarterback Cam Newton will play the first three quarters of Thursday night's preseason game against Cincinnati. Rivera said he has not decided if Newton will be the starting quarterback beyond this week.

In other news, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy practiced for the first time this preseason. He had been out with injuries sustained in a July motorcycle accident.

* Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning said he doesn't expect to play in the final two preseason games, but hopes to be ready for the Sept. 11 season opener at Houston. Manning had surgery to repair a nerve in his neck in May and hasn't practiced since the lockout ended.

In a possibly related matter, Colts owner Jim Irsay posted on his Twitter account that he was in Hattiesburg, Miss., Brett Favre's hometown. However, the agent for the retired quarterback said he has not heard of any interest from the Colts.

* Jacksonville signed tight end Joey Haynos, giving them extra depth following Zach Miller's injury. The Jaguars waived rookie offensive lineman Rob McGill to make room for Haynos, who spent the last three seasons in Miami. Miller sprained his right knee in training camp, sat out Friday's game against Atlanta, and will miss the final two preseason games.

* Oakland coach Hue Jackson said quarterback Jason Campbell is expected back at practice today after getting kneed in the helmet in an exhibition loss to San Francisco Saturday night.

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