The Philadelphia Eagles were widely expected to place their franchise tag on receiver and kick returner DeSean Jackson, and that's what they did on Thursday. The team announced on Thursday that Jackson has been named its franchise tag player.
This helps the Eagles keep Jackson in Philly on a one-year contract that will pay him approximately $9.5 million. Another team can make a run at Jackson, but they would have to give up two first round picks, which isn't going to happen.
In comments distributed by the team, GM Howie Roseman was quoted as saying:
"We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that."
That could be significant because there have been grumblings that the Eagles would be open to trading Jackson. Judging by Roseman's comments, it sounds like they want to get something done. Or, playing devil's advocate, they could be creating the impression they want to keep him in order to increase his trade value.