The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to use the franchise tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
NFL teams may begin using the franchise one week from today, on February 20. The deadline to use the tag is March 5.
Selected with the 18th pick in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Cal, Jackson signed a four-year contract worth $3.469 million, a deal that included $1.353 million signing bonus. Jackson caught 125 passes for 2,079 yards and 11 touchdowns and demonstrated game-changing ability on special teams in his first two seasons in the league, earning Pro Bowl honors after the 2009 season. Jackson has not been happy with his contract since 2010, but the 30 percent rule governing the uncapped season limited options towards an extension.
Jackson had another Pro Bowl season in 2010 and was a training camp holdout in 2011, but ended up playing for the league minimum, a 2011 CBA enhanced $600,000. Jackson caught 58 passes for 961 yards and four touchdowns and the 25-year-old would certainly receive a mega-contract if he were allowed to hit the open market.
The 2012 franchise tender for a wide receiver is projected to be worth around $9.5 million. Over a 17-week season, Jackson would earn $558,824 per week on a $9.5 million fully guaranteed tender. Last season, Jackson earned $35,294 per week on a non-guaranteed base salary of $600,000.
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