The end of the NFL lockout meant players began reporting to their respective facilities Tuesday morning to begin voluntary strength and conditioning work in advance of the starting of training camp later this week. Michael Vick arrived for the start of Eagles camp and was asked about former Cal star DeSean Jackson arriving on time. Vick's response:
"Hopefully, he'll be here tomorrow," Vick said. "DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make."
Jackson is entering the final season of his rookie contract, which will pay him $565,000. In three NFL seasons since leaving Cal, Jackson has risen to stardom with explosive playmaking abilities in all facets of the game. He has made two Pro Bowls and made history in 2010 when he became the first player named to the team at two different positions at once, making it for his receiving and return abilities.
2010 saw Jackson reach new heights as a receiver. Although his reception total was down he increased his yards per catch almost four yards to 22.5, which led the NFL. He caught nine touchdowns, returned one and rushed for a another. If the Eagles do not get him signed one has to imagine they will use their franchise tag on him rather than let him walk for nothing. In the meantime they need to figure out what to do with the possibly disgruntled star.