Vick: DeSean showing up not certain

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"DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make," Michael Vick said. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Michael Vick was one of the first Eagles to report to the NovaCare Complex today when the Eagles were finally permitted to open their doors to their players.

But will DeSean Jackson, who has made it no secret that he wants a contract extension, show up tomorrow for training camp at Lehigh University?

Vick made it seem as if that may not be the case.

"Hopefully, he'll be here tomorrow," Vick said as he was surrounded by a throng of reporters. "DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make."

Jackson will be entering the last year of the four-year contract he signed as a second-round draft pick. He is slated to make around $600,000 in base salary. That figure is obviously below the market value for a two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.

But Jackson caught only 47 passes last season, 15 less than in each of his first two seasons. Various sources close to the receiver said that Jackson let his contract situation become a distraction last season, especially after he suffered a concussion in October.

Last year when Jackson arrived at camp he did not speak to reporters for weeks, with no apparent explanation as to why.

Vick, a friend to Jackson off the field, said that he had no inside information on whether the 24-year-old will show up in Bethlehem.

"I'm just being realistic about the situation," Vick said. "It's all in what DeSean wants. We're moving forward and hopefully he'll be here. I think he will."

Jackson's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, had no comment when he was reached by phone.

Vick has his own "contract situation." The Eagles franchised him for this season -- he stands to make approximately $16 million -- but they have only until Sept. 20 to sign him to an extension.

"My focus now is going to be on football," Vick said. "Everything happens when it's supposed to. I put that solely in the hands of God and this organization to make it happen. My main priority right now is to be the best football player ... I can be."

The Eagles can obviously ink Vick to a long-term deal following the season, or they can just franchise him again. The 31-year-old quarterback said that he wants to remain an Eagle beyond this season.

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