DeSean Jackson has joined the Philadelphia Eagles, ending his holdout.
“I can tell you he's excited to be back,” quarterback Michael Vick said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. He spoke with Jackson by phone Sunday night. “He's ready to come back and play football this season, ready to come back and handle his business, be the consummate teammate. He's going to come in and let his play speak for itself, come in with a different attitude.”
Les Bowen reports that the Eagles are around $4 million under the salary cap and might have to do a contract extension with Vick, their franchise player with a $16 million cap figure, before giving Jackson a big bump.
“I'm not concerned about that. We haven't talked about it,” Vick said. “We both are important to the team. Whoever goes first, it doesn't matter. I think our play ought to speak for itself.”
Jackson, who reportedly arrived at the Philly airport wearing his omnipresent Nats cap, is to earn $565,000 this season, which is the last of the four-year deal he signed as a rookie. Had Jackson, who missed the first 12 days of camp, not reported by Tuesday, he could have lost a year of service time toward free agency. Under the new labor agreement, holdouts are subject to a $30,000 fine for each day of camp they miss.
In his absence, Eagles Coach Andy Reid heaped praise on Jason Avant.