Two days after DeSean Jackson jaunted for 210 receiving yards and taunted the Cowboys along the way, the wide receiver said the Eagles are "going to have to do something" about a new contract during an appearance on the T.Ocho Show.
Jackson spoke with Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco - co-hosts of the Versus show and teammates with the Bengals - during a taped segment via satellite Tuesday afternoon. The episode was aired later that evening, and Jackson spoke about, among other things, his contract situation, which has increasingly become a hot topic.
The 24-year-old, who is in the third year of a four-year contract he signed as a rookie, said that the Eagles and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have talked recently about an extension.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman had no comment, although team sources have said that Jackson will eventually be compensated.
"It is what it is, but they're going to have to do something," Jackson said on the show. "Because the way I'm out there putting it in, something's got to happen, baby."
Under normal circumstances, Jackson, one of the most electrifying players in the NFL, would have had an extension by now. He needs just 28 yards receiving to eclipse 1,000 yards for the second straight season.
He signed a four-year, $3.4 million contract with a $1.3 million signing bonus in 2008. He's earning a $480,000 base salary this season and slated to get $565,000 next year. The holdup is a new rule in the collective-bargaining agreement that limits pay increases to 30 percent and a possible work stoppage in March that has caused teams to suspend many contract negotiations.
"We're just seeing how it can go now," Jackson said on the show. "The 30 percent rule, the CBA . . . and us being locked out, there's a lot of ins and outs that go into it."
Owens and Ochocinco are also represented by Rosenhaus and have previously been embroiled in bitter contract disputes. Owens' unhappiness over his deal with the Eagles eventually led to a parting of ways with the team. He signed a one-year deal with Cincinnati before this season.
"T.O., man, I'm going to set the bar for you," Jackson said on the show. "I'm going to try and get the most I can. I'm going to set it high for you, and I'm going to set it high for everybody else, too."
Owens replied, "I wish you the best."
Jackson's big night in Dallas included a scintillating 91-yard touchdown catch and run that broke a 20-20 tie in the fourth quarter and led to an Eagles' victory. His backward splash into the end zone, however, resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, brought about a lecture from coach Andy Reid and drew criticism across the league.