Eagles, DeSean Jackson agree on 5-year contract

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a five-year contract with $51 million according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Eagles used the franchise tag on Jackson so that he wouldn’t test the open market. Instead, the Eagles were able to keep him longterm. When the Eagles placed the franchise tag on him, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said that he wanted to keep Jackson longterm.

“We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that,” Roseman said in a statement. “DeSean is a talented player and a proven playmaker in this league and we look forward to him continuing his career in Philadelphia. It’s our understanding that he has the same desire. We will continue our efforts on getting a long-term deal done with him.”

Jackson is a two-time Pro Bowler and had 58 receptions for 961 yards with four touchdowns during the 2011 season.