Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Eagles Tag Wr Jackson

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Eagles Tag Wr Jackson

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The Philadelphia Eagles placed the franchise tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson, assuring the two-time Pro Bowler at least $9.4 million next season if he signs the tender.

A 2008 second-round pick out of Cal, Jackson, 25, led Philadelphia with 961 yards receiving last season and was scheduled to become a free agent March 13.

"We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that," general manager Howie Roseman said Thursday. "DeSean is a talented player and a proven playmaker in this league and we look forward to him continuing his career in Philadelphia. We will continue our efforts on getting a long-term deal done with him."

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