INDIANAPOLIS -- There was no update regarding whether the Eagles are going to use the franchise tag on wide receiver DeSean Jackson on Thursday, but general manager Howie Roseman's tone as he spoke to reporters appeared on the surface to be a positive one.
"We've been very vocal about the fact that he has a great future and we're excited about the possibilities of DeSean Jackson in Philadelphia," Roseman said.
Is there reason to think that the team is optimistic about the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver returning next season?
"I'm an optimistic guy," Roseman said.
Roseman made it clear that he wants to meet with Jackson as well as his representatives to make sure the team's message is being communicated clearly to the team's former second-round draft pick.
The Eagles have the option of using the franchise tag which will guarantee Jackson a one-year deal at a reported $9.4 million, per NFL Network. The team has until March 5 to determine whether or not they will use the franchise tag on Jackson or any of their 12 total soon-to-be free agents. Free agency begins March 13.
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