Perhaps as a gift to the Eagles beat writers who are starting to hit the proverbial Twitter wall, Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson had a heated exchange following 7-on-7 drills Tuesday morning. My first thought was, "Why couldn't this have happened when the Beast was in camp last week?" And while I don't think it's anything more than frayed nerves and rising temperatures in Bethlehem, Pa., it's something that bears watching.
"It's training camp. There's no bad vibe between us two," Maclin told reporters. "We talked something out and that's all it was. I don't hate him, he doesn't hate me. We're still good. We're still friends. There was a little mix-up and it's all good now."
Well, it's nice to know that a "mix-up" in 7-on-7 drills won't cause these young men to hate each other because that would be a sad development. Not that I would ever promote wild speculation, but it should probably be noted that Jackson's not pleased with the rookie contract he signed as a second-round draft pick in '08. And something tells me that Jackson's aware of the fact that Maclin signed a rookie contract that pays him roughly $9.5 million guaranteed. (Jackson's scheduled to make $600,000 for the 2010 season).
Jackson has not been talking to the media during training camp, perhaps because he knows that his contract status is a prime topic of discussion. The talented wide receiver showed up on time to training camp and has said all of the right things this offseason. Basically the opposite of how Darrelle Revis is handling his situation with the Jets.
Of course, the money situation probably didn't have anything to do with this morning's disagreement. But I do think that Jackson is bothered by the fact that he's vastly underpaid in regards to his production, and he's ready to get rewarded like a No. 1 receiver.
Now I have a question for you guys: Will Jackson still be the No. 1 receiver on this team after the 2010 season? I think the Eagles would like to answer that question before writing an enormous check to Jackson.