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Donnie Jones announced his retirement in February, but the former Philadelphia Eagles punter is already aiming for a return to the gridiron.
Ken Harris, Jones’ agent, told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the punter requested his release from the Eagles’ reserve/retired list, as Jones wishes to continue his football career. The Eagles granted Jones’ request on Wednesday and now he’ll be able to gauge where he’ll potentially play for his 15th NFL season.
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Jones leaves Philly as the team’s all-time leader in gross (45.4) and net punting average (40.5) and punts inside the 20 (138). He’s also the franchise’s single-season leader in punts inside the 20 (34, 2014) and net punting average (41.6).
Yet as the process rolls on, the former Louisville star is a lightning rod in more ways than one. Jackson, a potential first-round pick, is without an agent 鈥?bucking the traditional NFL M.O.
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Officially, Jackson’s mother, Felicia Jones, is listed as his agent with the players’ union. But Jones isn’t an actual agent. She is the point person for Team Jackson 鈥?the people tapped as advisers. There’s an attorney, a business manager, a marketing representative 鈥?but no agent.
Bottom line: Jackson believes he doesn’t need one as he enters a world with a rookie wage scale.
I know coming in as a rookie, an agent doesn’t really negotiate anything, Jackson explained. You’re going to get the salary you’re going to get. I decided I don’t need him. He’s going to be taking a big cut out of my paycheck 鈥?and I feel I deserve it right now.