DeSean Jackson talks lockout, offseason and contract

DeSean Jackson said, "I need to try to do everything I can to be ready as an athlete when the lockout is over.” (Yong Kim/Staff File Photo)

Like most NFL players in this strange offseason, DeSean Jackson is trying to stay in shape and keeping himself busy.

“I’m just trying to keep myself in great shape,” Jackson said Sunday during an interview on 97.5 The Phanatic. “I’m working out with my coaches, the coaches who have been training me since I was a little kid. I’m trying to stay active in the community. I can’t really sit around until the lockout is over. I need to try to do everything I can to be ready as an athlete when the lockout is over.”

Based on his Twitter feed, Jackson has been all over the place, including a stop in Las Vegas for last night’s Manny Pacquaio vs. Shane Mosley bout.

He will be back in Philadelphia on Friday for the 2nd annual gala to benefit the DeSean Jackson Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer, an organization he and his mother started after Jackson’s father, Bill, died from the disease in 2009.

Jackson said he has been in contact with the players who have remained in Philadelphia and are working out regularly in Cherry Hill.

“Everybody is trying to keep our team together,” he said. “Unfortunately we’re not able to use our facility and things like that … We’re trying to do everything possible to stay in shape, keep being a team and working out. During this time, you kinda miss it because we’re not with our teammates. Right now we’re not able to do what we need to do.”

The lockout also has delayed what presumably would have been a contract extension for Jackson, although Jackson said he will let agent Drew Rosenhaus handle all that when it is allowed.

“I know Drew has a plan and that’s the biggest thing, because we really don’t know when the lockout is going to end,” he said. “Drew has been keeping me patient and motivating me and trying not to have me focus on my contract. That’s’ why I have him, so he can do his job and do what he needs to do, so me, as a player can feel confident and know he will do the best thing possible for me. I just really pray and hope that he works it out. I believe in him and know he can work it out for me. That’s why he’s Drew Rosenhaus. He gets paid to do what he needs to do. And that’s’ why in my eyes he’s one of the best.”

Asked whether the deal was simply a formality at this point, Jackson stressed that Rosenhaus “will work it out … I know he’s been keeping in good contact with the Eagles. So far, everything's been positive. I feel he has a pretty good relationship with the front office.”

Jackson also touched on a few other Eagles issues:

* On the draft: “I think they had a productive draft … I think they got some young heat … I’m ready to go to camp and get this thing going … I feel very confident about it.”

* On Kevin Kolb: “He’s a great quarterback. He’s young … He’s a real down to earth guy … During my time with the Eagles, he’s showed me he’s so much of a leader and a very competitive guy. I really can’t [know] his future. Whatever it is, I think he’ll do great. I just wish him the best whether he stays with us or goes his own way."

You can listen to the interview by clicking here.