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Eagles president addresses Jackson contract -- or does he?

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Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner appeared to speculate Wednesday that the team eventually might have to restructure quarterback Michael Vick's contract to create enough salary-cap space to offer more money to disgruntled wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

In an interview on WIP-AM, Banner went to great pains to explain that he was only speaking hypothetically, and not about Vick and Jackson in particular, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

"Depending upon how large a contract the second player wanted, you may need to do things in the first contract to make sure you had adequate cap room in that particular year to do it," Banner said.

The Eagles applied their franchise tag this season to Vick, whose salary is $16 million.

Jackson held out for the first couple of weeks of training camp this summer but ultimately reported. He's scheduled to receive approximately $600,000 in base salary this season, the final year of the four-year rookie deal signed after the Eagles selected him in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Jackson and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, believe he deserves to be among the NFL's highest-paid receivers. Jackson had 47 catches for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns last season, and his 22.5 yard-per-catch average led the league.

Banner acknowledged the effects of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald's recent eight-year, $120 million deal. "Every contract that gets done has an impact," Banner said.

Banner played down trade talk concerning cornerback Asante Samuel, who seemed like the odd man out after the team signed top free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and acquired former Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the Kevin Kolb trade.

"The closer you get to the season, the less likelihood of something happening," Banner said.

Despite the Eagles' free-agent spending spree, Banner said there was one player -- who he wouldn't name -- that the team wanted to sign but didn't. As it was, the Eagles signed Asomugha, wide receiver Steve Smith, running back Ronnie Brown, quarterback Vince Young, defensive end Jason Babin and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.

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