Case in point: DeSean Jackson.
The Eagles wide receiver signed a five-year, $51 million deal in March 2012 which would keep him in midnight green through the 2016 season. The deal guaranteed Jackson $18 million over the first two years but the rest of the deal was not guaranteed meaning the Eagles could cut him and he wouldn't see another dime of the $51 million.
Fast forward two years to today. Jackson has now completed the first two years of the deal and now the guaranteed money has stopped and he, along with the Eagles, are at a bit of a crossroads. The last three years of the deal carry cap hits of $12.5 million, $12 million, and $10.5 million, which gives him the highest cap hit of any Eagles player. His base salary for 2013 was a decent $6.75 million but in 2014 it shoots up to $10.25 million.
Neither side wants this. Jackson doesn't have the guarantee that he will see that money in the event he gets injured while the Eagles see a reasonable cap hit/base salary balloon in one year's time.
Jackson was asked while cleaning out his locker on Monday about his contract situation and he was rather direct in his response that he wants to restructure his contract.
Let's think about this for just a moment. If the Eagles restructure the deal they can add more years and spread some of the money, and therefore the cap hit, over a few more years. That benefits the team and their salary cap situation. Jackson wants more guaranteed money because, at the moment, he doesn't have any.
Sounds like a win-win if you ask me.
Some people took the social media to complain about another DeSean Jackson "headache" with him saying he would like to restructure his contract. I disagree that this is a problem. This situation is totally different that the previous contract dilemma. He is going to be paid handsomely if he doesn't get hurt next season but there's no guarantee. In the last contract situation, Jackson was severely underpaid for his production.
There are benefits to the Eagles and Jackson here and I think both sides see merit in exploring the possibility.
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