Eagles WR DeSean Jackson is slated to earn $10.25 million in 2014, but only $250,000 is guaranteed and he won’t see that money until the season starts when he’s paid on a weekly basis. When he signed his new contract in March 2012, $10 million of $15 million guaranteed came up front in a signing bonus.
(Jackson’s 2015 ($9.75 million) and 2016 ($8.25 million) base salaries are not guaranteed.)
Last season, he made $6.75 million in base salary, $4 million of which was guaranteed. But the salary cap number was $9 million and jumps to $12.5 million in 2014.
There has been speculation that the Eagles may be open to restructuring Jackson’s deal to lower the 2014 salary cap number in exchange for more guaranteed money. While that is possible, it is also unlikely to happen, the source said.
Jackson's 2014 salary is the 4th-highest among WRs, but if he suffers a career-ending injury next season, he will only see a small portion of the $30+ million he is owed over the remainder of his contract. It remains to be seen if this will impact Jackson's play. He has been known to grow "alligator arms" when he's worried about getting injured.