I’VE spent the day laughing at the notion that a rumor that was started and sustained by Tweets, is somehow supposed to be killed by Tweets.
During most of Jacksongate 2014© we’ve had to endure some of the worst “reporting” by professional outlets that I’ve ever seen. Tweets, sources close to blah-blah, and raw speculation have all fueled one of the most idiotic rumor sagas in modern sports history. It was even big enough to suck in an additional 5 NFL teams (Raiders, 9ers, Jets, Panthers, Ravens).
What’s funny is it all comes out of the fact that the Eagles won’t issue a single statement on the matter. Even now, after DeSean Jackson’s ‘go-team-go’ themed Tweets. It makes you wonder what’s real and what isn’t.
HERE’S WHAT’S REAL:
The Eagles can afford Jackson in 2014. They can’t next year (Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C). Not if they want to field an entire NFL team. Did you see the 7 TD’s Nick Foles rectally inserted into the cash strapped Raiders last year? (FYI: Foles didn’t throw more than 3 against any other opponent.) So unless you want the 2015 Eagles to be the 4-12 2013 Raiders, you want him (and others) to be moved.
Restructures won’t provide relief. Foles is still on his rookie deal for 2014 and 2015; but in 2016 he’ll command a salary of better than 12 million. So other player’s 2015 money can’t be spread out over 2016 and on, because they’ll need that room for Foles and the upcoming new deals for guys like Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, and Lane Johnson.
The room simply doesn’t exist. You went to school. You can do basic addition. This is just math. Besides, what do you do if guys don’t want to restructure? FYI: Connor Barwin and LeSean McCoy are the guys who would at that point be asked to take a cut.
Nothing has changed.
Jackson’s Tweet is completely meaningless. It carries as much weight as one put out by you or I.
Jackson was never going to trade or release himself. He never was said to be shopping himself. He never declared media silence on the subject of himself. That was all the Eagles as an organization, not as a team. None of his teammates threatened to shop him/trade him/release him. That was the Eagles organization, not the Eagles team.
The organization STILL has yet to declare what its intentions are. Keep in mind, Jackson spoke to Chip Kelly, not to Howie Roseman. Hell, Kelly has yet to issue a statement either! That’s an extremely important characterization. Especially in light of what Jeff Lurie said on Tuesday. You mean you didn’t know??
It’s still on folks. Eyes on the prize, not the distraction.
This story won’t go away until someone in the organization kills it, or if Jackson is still here on May 10th. Barring that, it still looks to me like he won’t be here much longer.