Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News had a sit-down interview with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and has shared some of the interesting bits with us. One of the bits I f0und most interesting was Reid's take on wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who had some issues last year due to his contract situation and was just designated the team's franchise player in the absence of the long-term deal he seeks:
Andy has spoken to DeSean Jackson since the franchising of the wideout last week. "I think he'll sign the tender," Reid said. "He was very positive about it." Reid reiterated what he said last month, that the attitude change down the stretch convinced him he could go forward with Jackson, after a rough middle of the season. "That was important," Andy said. I don't have a good quote that conveys it, but I got the sense Reid absolutely expects to have Jackson here.
It should come as little surprise if Jackson signs the franchise tender. As I've pointed out here before, it's a nearly $9 million raise over his 2011 salary and almost certainly more than he could expect to make in the first year of any long-term deal the Eagles would be willing to give him at this point. He's 25 years old and surely will have no issues with playing for $9.4 million and trying to put himself in better position to get that long-term deal next year than he is right now.
Les covers the team every day, knows it better than I do and was the one in Reid's office having the conversation, so I'll defer to his assessment of Reid's comments on Jackson. But I'll also add (and I'm fairly sure Les would agree) that I doubt Reid would hang up the phone if someone called with a really nice trade offer for Jackson right now.
There's more to the interview, including Reid dismissing the notion of Peyton Manning in Philadelphia, explaining why he met with Robert Griffin III at the combine (he tries to meet with all of the quarterbacks) and giving a mildly interesting non-answer to a question about Plaxico Burress. Give it a click for your midweek Eagles fix.