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DeSean on a new deal: 'Shooting for the top'

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DeSean on a new deal: 'Shooting for the top'

DeSean Jackson is one of nine Eagles that will be playing in Sunday´s Pro Bowl game. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer)
DeSean Jackson is one of nine Eagles that will be playing in Sunday's Pro Bowl game. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer)

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While agent Drew Rosenhaus was not interested in talking about DeSean Jackson's contract status, Jackson conceded that he is looking for a new deal.

Asked today during an interview on 97.5 The Fanatic if he would have a new contract for next season, Jackson said, “Hopefully, it would be nice.”

As to whether he would command big money, Jackson replied, “I’m shooting for the top.”

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“I let Drew be the aggressive one and I just sit back and handle what I need to do,” Jackson said. “That’s all I can do.”

That came after Jackson initially tried to stay out of the fray. "I really don’t want to speak too much on that," he said of the contract. "It would be great. There are bigger things out there that I’m worried about. I just have to train hard and work hard and I’m going to enjoy this task right now."

A team source said Rosenhaus has not yet approached the Eagles.

However, a new deal for Jackson might not be among the Eagles’ top priorities with 11 players entering the final year of their contracts along with their current free agents.

Jackson has 2 years remaining on the 4-year, $3.47 million contract he signed in 2008 after the Eagles made him a second-round draft pick.

After leading the team in receptions as a rookie and then following that up by being named a starter for the NFC in the Pro Bowl, Jackson feels deserving of a new deal.

He did receive a $1.35 million signing bonus but only made $385,000 in base salary this past season, is scheduled to earn $470,000 next year and $555,000 in 2011, which is far below the standards he has set.
 

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DeSean Jackson likes to have fun, you might have noticed. And his first trip to the Pro Bowl has been no exception thus far.

Via his Twitter feed last night, Jackson wrote, "I'm jus honored to be sitting next to Chrisjohnson and Vince Young Them 2 big shot boys!!!!"

Jackson, a starter for the NFC at both wide receiver and kick returner, is becoming a big shot boy of his own.

"I just want to come into the game and try to spark something with a couple of big plays and hopefully get a couple of touchdowns and hopefully be on the winning team and all of that good stuff," Jackson said, via Daily News contributor Andy Kent. "But winning or losing, we’re just going to go out there and have a good time and have fun.”

Jackson is happy to have some company with green helmets. The Eagles have nine Pro Bowlers, although defensive end Trent Cole missed the first day of practice.

“It’s good, especially when you look around and see a lot of the Cowboys and a couple of other teams with a lot of players," Jackson said. "I just feel fortunate to be just one of eight other guys from the Philadelphia Eagles. I’m going to represent us in a good way.”

Much of the attention is focused on Donovan McNabb, and his future with the Eagles, but Jackson said McNabb is just being himself at the Pro Bowl.
 

“Donovan’s a funny guy and you know he’s always joking around so Don’s just having a great time," Jackson said. "Don’s being Don and everybody’s just enjoying the experience, especially for someone like myself with this being my first time in the Pro Bowl. With it being in Miami, the weather’s beautiful and everything, so we’re just going to have a good time.”

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The folks at USA Today are doing a series on the All-Decade NFL team and today's piece focuses on the wide receivers and Terrell Owens.

Owens was asked if he regretted any of the things that have happened in his career.

"Regret is too strong a word for me," Owens answered at last, adding, "As you grow older and wiser, there are things you would have done differently."

One subject where Owens' opinion has not changed is how his numbers would have been much better with different quarterbacks. And nothing seems like it will change his tune, even as time passes.

"I know hands-down I'd be close to Jerry Rice's records if I had been with quality quarterbacks like he had," Owens said. "He had Joe Montana and he finished with Steve Young. That wasn't a dropoff.

"Say I had been with a guy like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Drew Brees all of my career. Are you kidding me?"
 

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