Sunday, February 14, 2016

Roundup: DeSean, Haynesworth and Babin

A few notes to round up Wednesday's action and look ahead:

Roundup: DeSean, Haynesworth and Babin

DeSean Jackson has said for some time that he wants a new contract from the Eagles. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
DeSean Jackson has said for some time that he wants a new contract from the Eagles. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

A few notes to round up Wednesday's action and look ahead:


Let's start with the news out of training camp. Much of the discussion here has centered around DeSean Jackson and whether or not he will show up on Thursday (UPDATE: The Inquirer's Jonathan Tamari reports that Jackson won't show). A couple notes here. One, Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that the new CBA calls for fines of $30,000 a day for each day a player holds out. Last year, that number was $16,523. $30K is nothing to sneeze at, especially considering Jackson is set to make a base salary of $565,000 this season.

The other point relates to Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who agreed to a reported five-year, $50M deal with $24M guaranteed. Holmes has a Super Bowl MVP in his pocket, but his yearly production is not as good as Jackson's. In 12 games last season, Holmes had 52 catches for 746 yards and six touchdowns. He's eclipsed 1,000 yards just once in five seasons and is 27 years old.

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Jackson had 47 catches for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games last season. He also led the NFL, averaging 22.5 yards per catch. And Jackson won't celebrate his 25th birthday until December.

You're welcome, Mr. Rosenhaus. Do with that information what you will.

In all seriousness, this is a situation where both sides need to communicate because they likely want the same thing. Jackson wants to get paid, and the Eagles want him here for several more years (at least, I'd think they do). Maybe I'm oversimplifying it, but I see no reason why both sides can't get what they want.


We've heard before that the Redskins are worried about releasing Albert Haynesworth and seeing him join the Eagles.

Clark Judge of reiterates that point.

"They'll give him away for a ham sandwich instead of cutting him and running the risk of his showing up in Philadelphia," our source told Judge.

Per Jason Reid of The Washington Post, Haynesworth is expected to show up to camp tomorrow, but his teammates aren't going to be too happy if a media circus follows Haynesworth for much of camp. Sounds like Reid thinks the Redskins will end up just releasing him.


I heard interviews today with both Jason Babin and Ray Edwards, widely believed to be the two best pass rushers still on the market.

Talking to Pro Football Talk, Babin sounded like he wants to return to Philadelphia and reunite with Jim Washburn.

Talking to 97.5 The Fanatic, Edwards sounded like he had never heard of the Philadelphia Eagles before.

Maybe that doesn't mean much, but the lack of buzz around Edwards has been one of the more surprising storylines of free agency so far. According to various reports, the Falcons are not interested. And the Eagles' interest is a mystery.

We'll find out soon enough how the market unfolds for each guy and whether the Eagles are a serious suitor.

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