ARLINGTON, Texas - DeSean Jackson has talked often about how he relishes playing in Cowboys Stadium. The question after Saturday's game, though, was whether it was his last time playing here as an Eagle - and whether the season finale will be his last in midnight green.
"That's out of my control," Jackson said when asked if he expects to be an Eagle next season. "Hopefully I will be. I consider Philadelphia my home, and the fans have embraced me and things like that."
Jackson finished with five catches for 90 yards Saturday, but, overall, has had a down year, with just 54 receptions, 875 yards, and three touchdowns. The big plays that have made him such a valuable weapon have been missing, and Jackson at times has clashed with coaches as he made clear that his unsettled contract situation affected his mind-set.
"If I had the power to do anything, maybe something would have been different, but I don't know, it's really out of my control," Jackson said in the Eagles locker room. "I have a job to do, which is play out my contract, and with there being one game left, I felt I had to plan for this, so we'll just figure out where it goes."
Jackson's rookie contract, which paid him roughly $600,000 this year, expires after the season. The Eagles could renegotiate with him, use the franchise tag - to keep him or to use as leverage for a trade - or let him walk. The decision will come in the months following next Sunday's season-ending game in Philadelphia.
If things sour between Jackson and the team, it could be the last time Eagles fans will see the wide receiver as one of their own.