Jackson reports to Eagles camp, ready to move past holdout

DeSean Jackson wants some of that money the Philadelphia Eagles have thrown around the past few weeks. Just don't expect him to turn into T.O.

Jackson, a two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, ended his 11-day holdout Monday and reported to training camp. He didn't practice in the morning but was on the field for the Eagles' afternoon walkthrough at Lehigh University.

Wyche: Eagles camp report

What's going on at Eagles camp? NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche checks in from Bethlehem, Pa., with his thoughts on Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and others he observed. More ...

"The relationship I have with the team and the front office, I think everything will work out," said Jackson, who's scheduled to earn $565,000 this season, the final year in his four-year rookie deal. "I'm just going to keep everything positive. I don't want to turn it into anything negative. I love Philadelphia. I love the fans here. Coming back out here onto the field, the fans showed me a lot of love and stuff. I just want to keep that positive thing going."

A team source told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Eagles haven't started to negotiate an extension with Jackson. It has been the Eagles' philosophy not to discuss contracts with holdout players -- a stance that owner Jeffrey Lurie reiterated last week during his annual state-of-the-team news conference.

Jackson caught 47 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns last season, and his 22.5 yard-per-catch average was best in the NFL. He also averaged 11.6 yards on 20 punt returns, including a 65-yarder for a TD that beat the New York Giants on the last play of a Dec. 19 game at the Meadowlands.

"My first three years, the things I accomplished, it's been off the charts, but there's still always room for improvement," Jackson said. "That's one thing I realized. Being an Eagle this year is something I look forward to. I've always wanted to be an Eagle. Because I held out a couple of days or whatever it was, that doesn't mean I don't want to be an Eagle.

"Like I said, I just had to handle what I had to handle. I'm here, I'm ready to move forward, I'm ready to play football, I'm ready to help win games."

Jackson has a different approach than the previous diva receiver who wanted a new contract from the Eagles. Terrell Owens ended up being kicked off the team midway through the 2005 season after a series of infractions, including criticizing management and feuding with quarterback Donovan McNabb. Months after helping the Eagles reach the Super Bowl, Owens was such a nuisance that he was sent home from camp, leading to that infamous news conference in which he did sit-ups on the front lawn of his house in Moorestown, N.J.

Jackson has the same agent -- Drew Rosenhaus. The similarity ends there.

"I feel good to be back, and I'm happy to be back out here with my teammates," Jackson said. "I have to be a professional about it. I can't cry. I can't moan about it. Being a man about the situation more than anything. I've been through a lot in my life. A lot of people said a lot of things. I was always too small, a lot of negative things. But I was still able to go out there and prove a lot of things on the field.

"I think my game speaks enough for everything, and the only thing I can really control is playing between the white lines. I can't really control a contract or anything else. And realizing that, I just want to go out there and let my play talk for itself. I really don't have to do any of the talking."

Jackson's teammates were thrilled to have him back.

"It's great to have DeSean back," quarterback Michael Vick said. "More so, DeSean is excited to be back, which is good. He's ready, ready to come back and help this football team win games.

"I'll tell you what, it'll be a breakout season for him. He's going to be a phenomenal player in this league, as he's always been."

If Jackson hadn't reported by Tuesday, he could have lost a year of service time toward free agency.

The Eagles were one of the most aggressive teams in the NFL after the lockout ended. They signed 12 free agents in the first six days, including Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin, quarterback Vince Young, running back Ronnie Brown and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.
Gamepass_vert_web_r

See all the Action

Replay every game all season.