Lurie: Would welcome DeSean back

Jeffrey Lurie said that he would welcome DeSean Jackson back to the Eagles "if the right terms develop."

The Eagles owner, of course, was referring to Jackson's contract situation and whether the Eagles would offer the wide receiver a new deal or place the one-year franchise tag on him in February.

Jackson's four-year contract expires in March. He admitted Sunday after the season finale that he let the situation over his expiring contract become a distraction this season. In November, Eagles coach Andy Reid benched Jackson for the Cardinals game because he was late for a meeting. Later that month, he was benched in the fourth quarter against the Patriots when he short-armed a few passes.

"DeSean is a terrific player," Lurie said Tuesday after he announced that Reid would return for his 14th season. "I think his attitude and his whole approach in the final month of the season was terrific -- high energy. I think he started to realize and get it."


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Jackson caught 15 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns down the stretch. He finished the season with 58 catches for 961 yards and four touchdowns, but did not have the breakout year many thought he would have in the last year of his contract.

"So I would welcome him back," Lurie said. "If the right terms develop he would be welcomed back. We have the leverage of, obviously, we can do what we choose to do and control his situation. Terrific player and I really don't agree with those that don't think that he's tapped his potential fully. I think he hasn't and he has a chance to get even better."

Jackson said Sunday that he would be OK if the Eagles franchised him. The 25-year-old receiver would stand to make approximately $10 million next season if the Eagles did. Jackson, of course, wants an extension and was believed to want something in the neighborhood of $50 million over five years.