The Philadelphia Eagles placed the franchise tag (worth over $9.5 million) on wide receiver DeSean Jackson earlier this offseason. Today, they have reportedly signed him to a long-term deal worth $51 million over 5 seasons.
Filed to ESPN: Eagles gave Jackson an five-year, $51-million deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2012
Eagles head coach Andy Reid said in a statement on Wednesday
"We are thrilled to be able to keep one of the NFL's top playmakers in Philadelphia," Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement Wednesday. "DeSean is a game breaker, he has the speed and ability to score from anywhere on the field, and he has proven himself to be a big threat for our offense. Signing our own players was a big priority for us this offseason and DeSean was certainly high on our list. We are very excited about his future as an Eagle." (via ESPN)
Jackson is coming off of a bit of a subpar year (58 catches, 961 yards, 4 touchdowns and 17 punt returns for 114 yards) by his standards in which he was also a source of drama for the Eagles.