Jason Babin Defends his Twitter Battle with Fans and is Pulling for DeSean Jackson to Receive Long-Term Contract

March 7, 2012 – 8:15 am by Steven Cuce

There are quite possibly zero fans will who sympathize with a wide receiver who was just cashed a paycheck worth nearly $10 million to play football and continue his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. That playmaker would be DeSean Jackson. No.10 was given a franchise tag this week, but his teammate, Jason Babin isn’t in love with the concept behind the move.

The Eagles defensive end believes that every player wants long term security in their contract, and a franchise tag doesn’t guarantee that for DeSean Jackson. Babin took his opinion to Twitter and took quite a bit of heat for his beliefs.  Most people, of course, don’t make the kind of money in a lifetime that Jackson will playing under the franchise tag in 2012 ( $9.4 million). Babin says, however, that he is just trying to encourage his teammate.

Jason Babin joined WIP in Philadelphia with Anthony Gargano and Dan Klecko to discuss his Twitter battle with Eagles fans regarding DeSean Jackson’s franchise tag, wanting DeSean Jackson to get a long term contract, his messages on Twitter being words of encouragement, his views on the New Orleans Saints bounty gate, and bounty gate being overblown by the media.

How did this twitter issue start with the fans?

“I posted…I had something to DeSean Jackson about being franchised and I don’t think anyone – Dan [Klecko] you played. A franchise tag? First of all it is a lot of money, but at the same time it is a scary proposition because if you get hurt before the season, during the season… you know? They can release you and only have to pay you a medical, which is substantially lower. Maybe I am understanding that wrong, but the risk involved. At the same time everyone wants a long term contract. There’s the variable you can’t measure – the hierarchy and the feeling.”

So you were saying to DeSean Jackson congratulations, but you need the long term deal?

“I just said hang in there. Obviously he wants one [ a long term contract]. I’m assuming. Maybe I am wrong. I’m assuming he wants the long term deal. He didn’t get it. He just has to hang in there. Just do your thing and it’ll all work out. I am a firm believer in you go out there and ball out the first six or seven weeks. The media is going to be the one saying that and not DeSean.”

[In response to the answer from the second question] That is true and that is part of the system:

“It was only meant as words of encouragement. [Host: People took it as?] Like oh $9.4 million? No one needs that much. Oh yeah that’s enough money. Really…obviously money is a part of it, but when you get to this level and you get those big contracts it’s kind of like a status symbol. You are kind of revered by your peers, people, media and the fans. When you don’t get that contract sometimes you don’t have that notch on your belt.”

What was your take on the New Orleans Saints bounty gate?

“I guess in the past it went on and nowadays it’s one of those things that you make a point to make sure it doesn’t go on. I’ve heard stories from the guys I look up to that kind of mentored me as I was coming up through the ranks. That was just the way they did it. I just don’t know. I think they are making a pretty huge deal out of it. Maybe it is a big deal? I don’t know.”

I see it like you. I think when guys go out there they don’t do it to hurt anyone. I see it just as one sack or a turnover resulting in extra cash. Is that how you see it?

“Yeah absolutely. I want to read the rule book closer to make sure everything is on the up-and-up. I don’t see a big deal with what that is. Whoever get the most hits on the quarterback or different things throughout the game. I don’t see a problem with that, but maybe it is against the rules. I don’t know.”

Listen to Jason Babin on 610 WIP in Philadelphia here

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  1. 9 Responses to “Jason Babin Defends his Twitter Battle with Fans and is Pulling for DeSean Jackson to Receive Long-Term Contract”

  2. Jason, the reason Eagle fans are upset with DeSean, is because of what happened a few years ago with another TOP WR. That WR was T.O. T.O owned Philadelphia after he played in the Super Bowl. The Eagle fans were crazy about him, until his agent Drew Rosehaus kept putting ideas in his head that he could get more money playing somewhere else. DeSean has the same agent, and thats why fans are afaird he’ll do the same thing.

    By Wayne on Mar 9, 2012

  3. The Eagles are by far the most fan unfriendly franchise in the City. Just what they need is this clown Tweeting against the fans. In a team of arrogant under-achievers led by its overly corpulent coach, this is a franchise in need of a significant team attitude overhaul. Babin’s bromance with DeSean would play better in another town. This franchise is another under-performing season away from losing its fan base. Dump these clown and bring in some MEN who want to play this game.

    By Bippy Bellito on Mar 10, 2012

  4. I think its funny how people make fun of comments posted by players. Listen everyone makes comments and in babins case I think he overall is trying to protect his teammates career its just that with everything in life people have communications issues some people think everyone in life are negative people even if there trying to help. But what do I know I’m just a fan. Jackson has his own decision to make regardless if I was him I would take any information from players I could as it would help me make a better decision after all it his life and he will decide what best for him.

    By matt on Mar 10, 2012

  5. Bippy must know these players,and coaching staff,and the owner and everyother player,”men” as he would say it,like a person knows family,to make a comment like that. All I have to say is come on man.lol ridiculous.

    By matt on Mar 10, 2012

  6. Perhaps if The Eagles would have spent some money to keep their Team of 2010 instead of spending so much to get their Dream Team last year this would have worked out for the good of the club and the fans.

    By Fred Reith on Mar 10, 2012

  7. I think the eagles did well last year. If you look back they performed well at the end of the season. They were not the only team that had issues and the holdout didn’t help either it all seemed to balance out farther into the season, i do also think all the FA they aquired didnt help with team work as one would hope,but all teams have these problems when adding that many positions at once. With that said it is a buisness for both team and players and I can see why players want the money they probably deserve but the team also has determine a balanced way to pay players to make the best team they can and some players when drafted aren’t long term players for the teams there on they stay because they ask for less and may make good backups or just loves the team and want to stay. With that said I don’t think anyone is doing wrong and yes if you want me to say it I think jackson should’ve got dealt a better deal last year but I don’t know how buisness is conducted between the parties and what went on, I’m just glad he is back. I also want samuel back but don’t see that happening unless he would restructure his contract if either parties would even be interested

    By matt on Mar 10, 2012

  8. Babin’s right, $ 2,000 for a QB KO is chump change. The extra cash would be nice to do the job they are getting paid well to do and nobody would turn it down. But to imply someone would maim another is absurd, even if a bounty is offered. There are some players that tweak the other when a known injury exists. They do that for free.

    On DSJ, franchise tag buys the Eagles another season. Stats are going to have to improve. His slack off was the difference between the Eagles winning the division and the Giants winning a SB. Enough said on that.

    By Jimbo99 on Mar 10, 2012

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