It was a long, lingering goodbye for the 2013 Eagles today at NovaCare. As you might expect, players were hopeful, encouraged, much more upbeat than the past few seasons on this day.
DeSean Jackson, though, was asked about the fact that the $10.25 million he is due in 2014 isn't guaranteed. Jackson, coming off his best season, said he feels this matter should be addressed. It's possible the Eagles will want to restructure in a way that brings down Jackson's $12.5 million cap number.
"It’s really out of my control. What I’m able to do out there on the field definitely speaks for itself. Hopefully, we can work something out that’s fair for the both of us. But I definitely feel deserving," said Jackson, who switched agents from Drew Rosenhaus to Joel Segal last year.
"I think I've really proven this year, with no distractions, I really put it out there for my teammates."
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One of those teammates, quarterback Nick Foles, was asked if he feels he is a franchise QB, and if he thinks the Eagles see him that way, after he led the NFL in passer rating and became NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November.
"I think a franchise quarterback is someone who's going to go to work every single day. He's got to play well on game day, but he's also got to be a leader," Foles said. "A guy that the team looks to, the city looks to. You've got to be consistent ... I've never looked at a label as being meaningful ... I know that I've got to keep getting better each and every day for my teammates, that's the most important thing. And the rest will take care of itself ... All that other stuff is out of my control."
But wouldn't it be nice to have that status clarified by the Eagles?
"That's up to them," Foles said. "I know in my mind, I'm gonna keep playing, I'm gonna keep working."
Pending free agents such as Riley Cooper, Jeremy Maclin and Nate Allen said they hope to return to the team that went from 4-12 in 2012 to 10-6 and the NFC East title in its first season under Chip Kelly. Kelly is scheduled to talk to reporters at 12:45 p.m.
Another pending free agent, quarterback Michael Vick, said it was premature to talk about whether he might be willing to return to the Eagles as a backup, if there is no interest elsewhere in him as a starter. Vick, 33, would like to continue as a starter.