DeSean Jackson is worried about his future as a Philadelphia Eagles player - and the way things are going, he has every right to be concerned.
According to a report by Pro Football Talk, sources close to the player suggest DeSean Jackson is worried that the Eagles haven’t come out and backed him in light of reports that suggest they’re actively shopping him.
Fellow wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin have been given new contracts, but Jackson, who enjoyed a career year last season, hasn’t spoken to anyone about his future.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly has so far failed to reassure Jackson that he remains part of his plans in Philadelphia, which has only served to exacerbate the player’s concern.
As reported by PhillyMag.com, Jackson has spoken to Eagles teammates about the situation but there has still not been any official word from the franchise.
The Eagles number 10 hauled in 82 passes last season, including nine touchdowns, on his way to 1,332 yards receiving.
The lightning quick receiver was one of the most dynamic weapons for quarterback Nick Foles, but the $10.5m he’s scheduled to earn in 2014 may be scaring the Eagles.
They have moved to secure deals for Jackson’s colleagues in the wide receiver group, but the fact he earns so much more than his teammates could be a problem.
And that may explain why the Eagles are hesitant to commit to Jackson - perhaps Chip Kelly believes he can find a similar level of production for a fraction of the cost.
That would be a massive gamble though, with Jackson an established part of the offense and a key offensive playmaker for one of the quickest and most exciting units in the league.