Armed with new deal, Eagles WR Jackson looks ahead

DeSean Jackson is through talking about last season.

As he graciously met the media on Thursday to talk about his new

contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, the wide receiver was quick

to point out that the tumultuous 2011 campaign – for both the

Eagles as well as himself – is over.

”Last year was last year. Regardless of the stats and the

numbers I put up, I still felt I wasn’t too far off with my average

per year and all that,” Jackson said. ”Even when everyone else

can say it’s a bad year, I was still 40 yards from 1,000. I don’t

really like to get caught up in that stuff. I still want to go out

and play with the edge that I’m still the best receiver in the

NFL.”

Jackson agreed to a five-year contract on Wednesday, worth $51

million. This comes after a season in which he held out of training

camp because he wanted an extension and let the contract situation

affect him. He was deactivated for a game for being late for a team

meeting, dropped more passes than usual and his production

dropped.

He finished with 961 yards and four touchdowns.

”I live my life to be prepared for any given situation that it

is at any given time. I never thought once that I might be here

because I’ve always felt confident in my skills and what I can

do,” Jackson said. ”I just really wanted to tighten up and not

necessarily prove to everybody but just show them what I can

do.”

The Eagles stumbled out of the gate last season, opening 4-8.

They rallied with four consecutive wins to close the year, but even

in the mediocre NFC East, where the New York Giants won the

division at 9-7, the flurry wasn’t enough to save Philadelphia’s

season.

But it did build some momentum for 2012, and the Eagles have

tried to maintain that through the offseason. Earlier this week,

Philadelphia signed defensive end Trent Cole to a four-year

contract extension through 2017, as well as offensive tackle Todd

Herremans to a three-year contract extension through 2016.

”It’s good to see players stick with the team,” Jackson said.

”Trent’s a great player and Todd’s a great player. Any time you

see players like that get extended, it’s really a great thing. It

shows the Eagles’ front office is appreciative of the players

who’ve been here and we’ve been through the ups and downs. That’s

really the only thing I can take out of that.

”I see the future and I see the light at the end of the tunnel,

and that’s the Super Bowl.”

Jackson, 25, has career totals of 229 receptions, 4,085 yards

and 21 touchdowns in four years as an Eagle after being drafted out

of Cal. He also has three rushing scores and a franchise-record

four punt return touchdowns, as well.

He was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2009 and 2010

seasons, and is one of five players in NFL history to at least 900

yards receiving in each of his four seasons.