Eagles Notes: Eagles' DeSean Jackson wants a new contract

Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson makes a leaping catch in front of Saints cornerback Corey White for a 40-yard pick-up in the 3rd quarter of the NFC wildcard playoff game against the New Orleans Saints Jan. 4, 2014 at Lincoln Financial Field. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )
Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson makes a leaping catch in front of Saints cornerback Corey White for a 40-yard pick-up in the 3rd quarter of the NFC wildcard playoff game against the New Orleans Saints Jan. 4, 2014 at Lincoln Financial Field. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )
Posted: January 08, 2014

DeSean Jackson said he's deserving of a new contract after the best season of his six-year career.

The Eagles wide receiver just finished the second year of a five-year, $47 million deal signed in March 2012. There was $15 million guaranteed, nearly all of which has been paid. Jackson is due $10.25 million in base salary next season and $9.75 million in base salary the following two seasons.

Jackson recorded a career-high 82 catches and 1,332 yards to go along with nine touchdowns in 2013 and said his season "speaks for itself."

"Hopefully, we can work something out that's fair for the both of us," Jackson said. "I definitely feel it's deserving."

Jackson recently changed agents and is now represented by Joel Segal. Jackson said Segal "has a great plan going into this offseason." He emphasized that he believes he's a top wide receiver. Jackson had the fifth-highest base salary of all receivers this season.

"I don't think there's too many wide receivers that are able to bring that to the field except a couple big-time guys," Jackson said. "We'll see how that plays out and hopefully we can work things out smoothly and not have to worry about anything out of the ordinary."

Coach Chip Kelly said he does not get involved in contract discussions. That responsibility falls upon general manager Howie Roseman.

"We don't talk about contract matters of any player," general manager Howie Roseman said. "He had a heck of year and is a good player."

When Jackson signed his deal in 2012, he said he would play the deal out without issue.

"I'm happy with the deal that I've gotten, and if I wasn't happy, I wouldn't have signed it," Jackson said at the time. "I felt that I got my worth."

Of course, that was before he saw what he can do in Chip Kelly's offense. Jackson said he would stay out of trouble and not cause a distraction.

"I've proven [it] after this past year with no distractions and really put it all in for my team and had a lot of success, so we'll see how it goes," Jackson said.

Upgrade at kicker?

Kicker Alex Henery is coming off the worst season of his three-year career, going 23 of 28 on field goals during the regular season and 1 of 2 in the playoffs. Henery's percentage has regressed in each season, and his spot on the roster does not seem as secure as it did one season ago.

"I think we need competition at every spot," Roseman said. "I don't think any option is off the table at any spot to add competition."

Henery had no competition at training camp or during preseason. Roseman said he did not regret the decision because of Henery's record the previous two seasons. The Eagles invested a 2012 fourth-round pick in Henery.

"You can't worry about that stuff," Henery said of his future. "You just worry about getting better in the offseason and going from there and not worry about what you have no control over."

No staff changes

Kelly said he does not plan on making any staff changes and hopes that his staff returns. There have not yet been any requests from other teams to talk to an Eagles assistant coach about a potential coordinator or head-coaching job. Kelly said he will handle any requests "on an individual basis."

Kelly benefited from remarkable staff continuity at Oregon. He said the "grass isn't always greener," but he will not prevent another coach from career advancement.

"I think we had an environment that we were excited about going to work every day [at Oregon], and I feel like we have that here," Kelly said. "But I'm never going to stand in the way of someone bettering themselves."

Extra points

The Eagles re-signed seven of their eight free agents to futures contracts: linebacker Emmanuel Acho, defensive end Brandon Bair, tackle Michael Bamiro, wide receiver B.J. Cunningham, tight end Emil Igwenagu, quarterback G.J. Kinne, and linebacker Travis Long. They are expected to sign wide receiver Will Murphy on Tuesday.


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