Thursday, September 23, 2010

Chargers notes: Jackson still a Bolt

The Chargers 1PM Pacific deadline to trade Vincent Jackson, so that he would be eligible to play in week 4, came and went without Jackson changing teams.  According to multiple reports, the Chargers and a few other teams had deals worked out, but in the end, Jackson stayed put.

Kevin Acee, the Chargers beat writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, reported that that Jackson and the receiver-starved Minnesota Vikings, had agreed upon a 1 year $6 million contract, a far cry from the 5 year $50 million deal Jackson was looking for in the beginning of the season.  The Chargers rumored asking price was a 2011 second round pick, and at least a third rounder in 2012.  This asking price was apparently too much for anyone to meet.

Jackson was quoted in a text sent to NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that stated:  “I just don't understand why (a trade wasn't completed),” Jackson wrote. “They obviously think I'm a valuable player by asking for such high trade compensation, but why am I only offered tender salary? My agents and teams interested did everything to make it happen, but this organization stopped it. I just want to play football. It feels unethical and I am disappointed.”

With Jackson poised to sit out the entire 2010 season, and a looming lockout in 2011, who really knows when Jackson will play football again.  Suffice to say, it won't be in a Charger uniform.

Kevin Says:  It is really difficult for me to choose a side in this debacle.  On one side, I want Jackson locked up, and ready to ball.  He makes the Chargers offense more potent, and could potentially help them get closer to winning in the playoffs.  He was one of the best deep threats in all of football last year.

On the flipside, Jackson was stupid enough to get two DUI's in one year, in addition to being handcuffed prior to last year's playoff meltdown for driving on a suspended license, and having expired registration tags.  It wouldn't be prudent to invest a huge chunk of change in someone who clearly has an alcohol problem.

Looking at the situation from the outside, it is clear that A.J. Smith has doesn't have Jackson in his future plans.  If the Chargers wanted Jackson around, they would have at least made an effort to reach a compromise on some sort of a deal that would work for both sides.  Instead, Smith went with the "my way or the highway" approach.  At least by Jackson being dealt, the Chargers could have gained some sort of compensation.  Now all they have is a bitter, disgruntled receiver, and a black eye on the organization.  

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