The Eagles plan to take care of DeSean Jackson. They just can't right now because of the league's murky future.
And the star wide receiver is aware of that.
A league source said the Eagles have assured Jackson that when the time is right, he will be rewarded with a new deal that will make him one of the NFL’s highest paid receivers.
But now is not the right time – and Jackson understands that.
With the current CBA set to expire in March and the league operating in an uncapped year, NFL teams are limited in how much they can raise salaries of players already under contract. The so-called “30-percent rule” restricts the percentage that a team can raise a player's base salary in a contract extension.
That's why the Eagles signed Kevin Kolb to only a one-year extension in April.
Head coach Andy Reid said as much last month when asked about a possible extension for Michael Vick.
After Jackson sat at his locker distraught and avoided the media following the Sunday's loss at Chicago, speculation heated up regarding the source of his frustration. Reid was furious following the loss and let the team know it.