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DeSean Jackson has to pay Drew Rosenhaus more than $500,000

Drew RosenhausWashington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson was ordered to pay his former agent, Drew Rosenhaus, more than half a million dollars on Wednesday. Rosenhaus filed a grievance last year alleging that Jackson owed him $700,000 after the two parted ways.

A source told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Jackson, who ending up signing with Joel Segal after rumors that he would join Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports, will have to pay Rosenhaus $516,415 in loans and fees. Arbitrator Roger Kaplan announced that the ruling had gone in Rosenhaus’ favor on Tuesday.

Rosenhaus negotiated the five-year, $48 million contract Jackson signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in March 2012. A report last year said that Jackson took multiple loans from Rosenhaus since he hired him in November 2009.

Kurt Coleman: DeSean Jackson was a ‘good guy’ in locker room

DeSean JacksonDeSean Jackson has been taking hits from nearly all angles, but at least one former teammate has come to his defense.

During an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio Monday, former Eagles safety Kurt Coleman, who is now with the Minnesota Vikings, defended Jackson and described his former teammate as a “good guy” in the locker room.

“I’m very surprised and I think Philadelphia is going to miss him big time,” Coleman said of Jackson. “I find it troubling to hear some of the stories — and I don’t know who is really putting them out there. I thought DeSean was a good guy in the locker room. He was someone that I could talk to and could relate to.”

Coleman’s comments are particularly noteworthy because a CBS Philly report that said Jackson threw tantrums on coach Chip Kelly also quoted a source who pointed out that none of Jackson’s teammates came out to defend him. Now we have an official source on record defending Jackson.

“Did he at times kind of do his own thing? Yeah. But we kind of all do our own thing in our own way. But when it came game time, I would talk to him every game and I would ask him, ‘Is 10-mode on?’ And there was no question. He would give 100 percent. He would take those big hits for the team. And he was one of those guys that you wanted to play every single Sunday because the explosiveness, the X-factor that he brought to a team is [unmatched]. I think Philadelphia is going to miss him.”

“I appreciate him as a teammate and I can’t say anything bad about him,” said Coleman. “I think it’s unfortunate the rap that he got. He is a good person.”

Few teams wouldn’t miss Jackson’s playmaking ability, but it’s everything else about him that has been an issue. Also keep in mind that at least one current Eagle was happy with the decision to cut him, and that was Jason Kelce, who played on the same side of the ball. Maybe Coleman would feel differently if he were an offensive player dealing with Jackson more frequently.

H/T Philly Mag

DeSean Jackson misses Redskins’ team workouts while on vacation

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DeSean Jackson has an opportunity for a fresh start with the Washington Redskins. Even if you don’t believe the reports about Jackson being linked to a gang or throwing temper tantrums and cussing out Chip Kelly, we can all agree his image is in need of repair. Showing up to work early would be a good way to kick things off, but Jackson is on vacation.

Because they have a new head coach, the Redskins were allowed to begin their official offseason workout program two weeks early. As Crossing Broad pointed out, Robert Griffin III and other key players have been present. Jackson has been on an island somewhere, which we know by looking at his Instagram page.

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Report: DeSean Jackson threw temper tantrums, cussed out Chip Kelly

DeSean JacksonWhile DeSean Jackson tries to rehab his image by doing interviews denying gang ties, the stories about his poor behavior with the Philadelphia Eagles continue to emerge.

On Friday, CBS Philadelphia reported that Jackson was a selfish, bad teammate on the Eagles and that he treated head coach Chip Kelly poorly.

Here are some of the things Joseph Santoliquito writes in his report:

Jackson was not very well liked by his teammates, was blatantly insubordinate, with temper tantrums cussing out Kelly several times in front of the team, pushed the NFL rookie coach the way “a child would test boundaries,” and was more concerned with his rap label than he was about winning football games.

A source told CBS Philadelphia that Jackson was a me-first guy with a bad attitude, which isn’t exactly new. The source also says teammates were happy to see Jackson go.

Jackson supposedly did not have the same respect for Kelly that he had for Andy Reid, possibly because Kelly came from college and did not have previous NFL credentials.

Seriously, does anything from this story surprise you? It’s the exact same stuff we’ve been hearing about Jackson for years. And you could probably say the same thing for many other diva wide receivers throughout history.

Despite how good they may be as players, there’s only so long you can put up with a guy who’s a problem in the locker room. Few will deny how talented or productive guys like Jackson are, but you have to ask the question: is putting up with him worth it? For the Eagles, the answer was no.

DeSean Jackson to wear jersey No. 11 with Redskins

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When the Washington Redskins signed DeSean Jackson, one of the questions many fans had was what jersey number he would wear. Franchise quarterback already has No. 10, which meant Jackson would likely have to change.

Well the ‘Skins announced Thursday that D-Jack will wear jersey No. 11 for them. No. 11 previously was being worn by wide receiver Aldrick Robinson.

The Redskins already have DeSean Jackson jerseys available at their team store.

In addition to Jackson getting number 11, wide receiver Andre Roberts is getting number 12 from Kirk Cousins, who is switching back to his old college number 8.

Brandin Cooks: I can do it better than DeSean Jackson

Brandin-CooksThe Philadelphia Eagles have the 22nd overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and they are suddenly in the market for a wide receiver. Riley Cooper had a breakout season with Nick Foles last year, but he is not a true No. 1 receiving option. DeSean Jackson was. Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks believes he can be.

In fact, Cooks believes he can outperform Jackson if the Eagles decide to draft him as a replacement.

“(Jackson’s) game is unbelievable,” Cooks told Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com on Thursday. “The man can blow the top off, catch the deep routes, catch the underneath routes, produce in the return game. He’s just special. He’s a freak. I definitely admire his game.

“Maybe Chip Kelly is looking to take another speedy receiver in that first round, and that could be me. Who knows? And if that’s the case, a lot of people will wonder, ‘Can he do it like DeSean Jackson?’ In my opinion, I can do it like him and do it better.”

Cooks is one of the best prospects in a draft class that is loaded with receiving talent. He caught an eye-popping 128 passes for 1,730 yards last season with the Beavers. He averaged 13.5 yards per catch scored 16 touchdowns, so we know he can be explosive. Jackson averaged 16.2 yards per reception last year — eighth in the NFL — and has averaged 17.2 throughout his career.

“I put up numbers that nobody else did this year,” Cooks added. “At the same time I was facing premier talent. I have respect for the other guys and give credit where credit is due, but I’m able to blow the top off, I’m able to catch underneath routes and take them the distance, but I see myself right up there with those guys, and in that top-five conversation, top-three.”

Doing it against secondaries in the Pac-12 is much different from producing against NFL defenders. You have to admire Cooks’ confidence, but he has a long way to go before he can call himself better than DeSean.

Robert Griffin III: DeSean Jackson is not getting No. 10

Robert-Griffin-RedskinsDeSean Jackson is going to have to find a new number with the Washington Redskins. The 2013 Pro Bowler wore No. 10 during his six seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, but that number is currently taken by a fairly important player in Washington. Some of you may know him as RG3.

In his introductory press conference with his new team, Jackson told reporters that it had not yet been determined who would wear No. 10 for the Redskins next season. That sparked a bunch of unnecessary speculation that Robert Griffin III put to rest.

Players work out deals to exchange jersey numbers all the time. Eric Decker recently had to take one of his new teammates to a nice dinner and pay him a huge chunk of cash for No. 87. Jackson may be able to talk another player into giving up his second-favorite number, but he’s not getting 10. RG3 is supposed to be the face of the franchise. Faces of the franchise typically don’t change jersey numbers.

H/T Pro Football Talk