The Philly Sports Daily reported earlier in the week that negotiations regarding a new contract for WR DeSean Jackson weren’t making much progress which makes the likelihood that the Eagles would use their franchise tag on him a distinct possibility. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the the two sides do appear to be making progress and a deal could be reached relatively soon.
McLane mentions that the team has worked out extensions during the season in years past so this isn’t exactly a farfetched idea by any means. McLane also adds sources close to Jackson has said that contract negotiations are picking up.
Jackson himself addressed the situation and seemed rather optimistic about remaining with the team.
“Sometimes it does get hard, but I think it will be worked out; it’ll be good,” Jackson indicated on Thursday. “Without trying to say too much, I think things will work out good here. We’re after the bye week now, so there’s a lot more time for things to get done.”
Reports have mentioned that Jackson is using the recent deal signed by Jets WR Santonio Holmes, five years at $45 million and $24 million guaranteed, as the model for his next deal.