Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson was inactive for Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals after missing a team meeting Saturday. The fourth-year veteran, who watched the game from home, said he spoke to head coach Andy Reid and apologized to his teammates Monday.
Jackson has been disgruntled about his current contract. The Pro Bowl receiver is in the final year of a rookie deal. He and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have been seeking a long-term deal with the Eagles since the offseason.
"My teammates understand what I'm going through," said Jackson. "It's been hard for me to come to work and be happy; I just haven't been myself. I know what I need to do to better myself. I hope everyone can understand and see where I was coming from.
"I addressed my teammates as a professional and as a man today at our meeting and told them I'm going to go out and put it all on the line and continue to do what I need to do for the rest of the year."
Jackson did not fault his head coach for making the decision to bench him, noting that coach Reid "did what he had to do for the sake of the team."
Asked if he had missed the meeting accidentally or in order to make a statement about his desire for a new contract, Jackson did not comment.