Desean Jackson finished the 2013 season with a very good year. A matter of fact on locker-cleanout day, he was very up front about his contract situation with CSN Philly saying he wanted a bigger contract.
“I definitely feel it’s something deserving,” Jackson said on locker-cleanout day, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. “We’ll see how that plays out, and hopefully we can work things out smoothly and not have to worry about anything out of the ordinary.”
“Anything out of the ordinary” would include Desean Jackson staying away from voluntary offseason workouts or holding out of training camp. The former would result in the squandering of a $250,000 workout bonus; the later would carry fines in the amount of $30,000 per day, along with partial forfeiture of his $2 million signing bonus allocation for 2014.
“But I definitely feel like it’s deserving,” Jackson said. “I’m proven in this league, and after this past year, went out there, no distractions, and just really put it all in for my team and went out there and had a lot of success, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Well we are finding out now that Desean Jackson refused to show up for his exit interview with his head coach. According to CBS Philly, Jackson snubbed Kelly saying he believes he earned a pay raise.
Joseph Santoliquito of CBS Philly reports that Jackson didn’t show up for the traditional year-end exit interview with coach Chip Kelly at the end of the 2013 season. Considering that Jackson told reporters that same day he believes he has earned a contract that would pay him more than $10.5 million in 2014, it’s easy to understand why Kelly would be a little miffed about the developments.
I honestly don’t know if I can disagree how Chip Kelly handled the situation if this truly is the case. No one player is bigger or better than your team. At the end of the day, you are supposed to be a team player, and maybe the player in the locker room who stated Desean Jackson was a “ME” player was right.