Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson does not intend to end his holdout without a new contract on Monday or Tuesday.
Jackson faces fines in the amount of $30,000 per day for holding out while under contract. If anything, the events of the past few days — featuring big-money contracts given by the Eagles to cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive end Jason Babin, and defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins — would tend to make DeSean’s resolve to get his new contract even stronger.
A real question remains regarding the date on which Jackson would lose a year of credit toward free agency. The Transition Rules approved last week by the NFLPA provide that any player under contract must show up 23 days after the start of the 2011 League Year, which would put the deadline in late August. However, the official NFL calendar identifies the deadline as August 9.
Seems too early to worry about this affecting Jackson for the start of the season. He's well-equipped to the Eagles offense, so while he is missing time he should be able to jump right in when he does report. For now, Jackson remains a top-end wide receiver who is Michael Vick's favorite big-play target.