During an interview with NFL Network’s Michael Irvin that will air on Sunday, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson expressed surprise over his deactivation last Sunday stemming from a missed special teams meeting.
While Jackson took responsibility for his actions and admitted to missing other meetings, he also seemed to suggest that their was some sort of conspiracy against him due to other players receiving leeway for similar violations.
“Honestly, I’ve never seen coach Reid do anything like that. I’ve never seen him bench anybody for missing a meeting,” said Jackson.
In a story written for NFL.com, Irvin dropped an intriguing nugget regarding how Jackson is viewed by Eagles management:
DeSean made a point of saying there have been rumors about the people he associates with away from the field as being one of the reasons the Eagles haven’t committed to a new deal. But he pointed out that he hasn’t gotten in any trouble off the field and has been active in the community.
Whenever the phrase “people he associates with” is used in a negative frame, that is not a positive thing. Based off of Irvin’s paragraph, I’m left to surmise that the Eagles figure forking over big bucks to Jackson will send his already free-wheeling attitude over the top.
Jackson, who is represented by Drew Rosenhaus, is heading the way of Terrell Owens (another Rosenhaus client).
As an Eagle, Owens became a derisive force due to jealousy and a desire for more money.
It appears Jackson is set to follow a similar path.
It is interesting to note that the “diva” receivers of this era (Owens, Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco to name a few) typically don’t lead their teams to ultimate glory. Somehow, I don’t find this to be a coincidence.
Jackson should be added to the diva group.
Stay strong Philly. Don’t pay this man.