OPENING HIT: DeSean Jackson has shut it down. Totally, undeniably, without question, without shame, unabashedly shut it the hell down. Jackson has quit on his team.
There was a shot of Jackson sitting on the Eagles bench during the team’s humiliating loss to a bad Seattle team and Vince Young was speaking to Jackson and Jackson just stared off into the distance. DeSean Jackson’s name began trending in social media because everyone who saw that knew what they had just witnessed: an uninterested receiver who had checked out on the season.
Now, most of this is Jackson’s fault but the Eagles are not totally blameless here. They should have anticipated this with Jackson. I could have told you Jackson was going to ask for the check if he didn’t get a new deal and if I knew, the Eagles should have. They should have paid Jackson or traded him. Those were the two options. The Eagles tried to do some sort of combo of those two options.
Now it’s too late. If they try to trade him next season his value has dropped precipitously. If they give him a new deal fans will wonder why they gave a guy who quit on the team a new contract.
I find it difficult to believe Eagles players trust Jackson. Same with the coaching staff.
In that game on Thursday night, Young was fighting hard. Other Eagles were fighting their asses off. Jackson, um, was not.
Because Jackson has flat out quit.