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Jackson has yet to sign his tender and therefore has not reported to the Chargers at this point. Jackson has two DUIs on his record (and a suspension waiting if he had another) so the Chargers were apparently hesitant to sign him to a long-term deal over the offseason.
What's even more frustrating, from Jackson's perspective, is that with the league's uncapped year brings the new rule that unrestricted free agency comes with six years and not four. Jackson was one of the fifth year guys that were hurt by the rule.
Because the Chargers placed him on the roster exempt list, he'll have to serve a three-game suspension upon returning.
Vincent Jackson rumors cropped up last week before the league's trading deadline. There were a few teams interested over the last couple of months -- rumors include the Vikings, Seahawks and Rams -- but ultimately they couldn't agree on compensation for Jackson or Jackson's contract demands.
Multiple outlets reported last week that Jackson would report before the Chargers Week 8 game because, after serving his suspension, he would still be on the roster for six games qualifying for free agency next year.
The next step will be Jackson actually signing his tender and reporting to the Chargers on Oct. 29.
Vincent Jackson is back in the news.
The unsigned restricted free agent is eligible to be traded between now and Tuesday afternoon's NFL trade deadline. You can expect the trade rumors to be picking up quickly.
The Chargers have reportedly had offers for Jackson but haven't consummated a deal. The word going around is that they're looking for two draft picks for Jackson starting with a second round pick.
If he's not trade, Jackson will reportedly report to the Chargers on Oct. 31, sit out his three-game suspension, and then return to the team for the final six games.
Check out Bolts from the Blue for more on Vincent Jackson.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Vincent Jackson will report to the San Diego Chargers by Oct. 31 at the recommendation of the NFLPA.
Jackson’s reporting deadline is earlier because the Chargers elected to place him on roster exempt, meaning Jackson must sit out three unpaid games before he is eligible to receive the necessary six paid games to earn his sixth accrued season.
According to a by-law in the players’ contract, if a player doesn’t report by Nov. 10, he forfeits the right to be paid at all that season. Due to Jackson’s unique situation, he needs to report sooner in order to make sure he meets the required dates.
Bolts From The Blue will have updates and opinion on Jackson’s return.
The St. Louis Rams were one of the handful of teams rumored to be interested in San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson throughout the offseason until word arose on Wednesday that they had bowed out of the Jackson trade sweepstakes.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams backed out only after they had made a contract offer to Jcakson and his agents.
They also report that the hangup in any potential deal between Jackson and the Rams had more to do with the Chargers asking price in a trade than it did contract terms with Jackson.
Jackson's agents said they had a deal worked out with multiple teams and at least two teams offered multi-year contracts.
Check out Turf Show Times to see what Rams fans think about missing out on Vincent Jackson.
"I just don't understand why (a trade was not completed). 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."
It's been reported that the Vikings were one of the teams that were actively trying to trade for him. Jackson's agents have said that they had a one-year contract with an option worked out with another team if a trade was completed.
Jackson has yet to sign his restricted free agent tender so he is technically not under contract. He had to sign before 4:00 p.m. Wednesday in order to play for a team in Week 5. Now he will have to serve a three-game suspension for being on the roster exempt list if he does ever sign with the Chargers.
Check out Bolts From The Blue to see what Chargers fans are saying about the (lack of) moves.
The Vincent Jackson trade deadline has passed with no deal and it doesn't sound like Jackson's agent, Jonathan Feinsod, is too happy about that.
Here's what he told ESPN's Adam Schefter shortly after the deadline passed:
"Archie Manning had it right. They call (A.J. Smith) 'The Lord of No Rings' for a reason."
That of course refers to the lack of Super Bowl rings for the Chargers during the A.J. Smith era.
Check out Bolts From The Blue to see what Chargers fans are thinking about the decision to keep Vincent Jackson for now.
The trade deadline for Chargers WR Vincent Jackson has passed and no deal has been reached. If Jackson had been traded by the Chargers before 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, he would have served only a four-game suspension. Since a deal was not done, he will face a six-game suspension.
That means the next trade opportunity for Jackson will be a very tight window. It can come after the Chargers Week 6 game on Oct. 17 and before the Oct. 19 NFL trade deadline.
it's believed that the Vikings were one of the teams that were actively trying to trade for him. They're missing Sidney Rice for the first six weeks of the season and Percy Harvin is battling a hip injury (and migraines).
Check out Bolts From The Blue to hear what Chargers fans think about keeping Vincent Jackson for now.
The Redskins are one of a handful of teams that have been linked to Chargers restricted free agent Vincent Jackson. There was an unconfirmed report on Wednesday morning suggesting the Redskins were working on a deal with Jackson.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan quickly put a stop to those rumors on Wednesday.
"That's another rumor that comes up, and it's a rumor. There's no credence to it," Shanahan said after practice Wednesday. Asked if he'd like to the lay the rumor to rest, Shanahan said, "I think I just did."
The Rams are reportedly not interested in Jackson anymore and there's been no update on the Vikings interest.
The St. Louis Rams have reportedly stopped pursuing a trade for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The Rams were reportedly in the mix for Vincent Jackson, along with the Minnesota Vikings.
The Chargers’ asking price for Jackson is a second round and third round draft pick. The Vikings have offered a second round pick and a conditional pick. NFL reported Adam Schefter tweets that unless San Diego is willing to accept less than a second round and third round pick in a trade for Vincent Jackson, the star wide receiver will likely remain a Charger for the time being.
Jackson faces a 6 game suspension if he remains in San Diego and a 4 game suspension if he is traded by 4 PM eastern time today.
We’ll be updating you with all of the Vincent Jackson trade rumors right here so stay tuned.
The NFL trade rumors are starting to pick up with Chargers unsigned restricted free agent Vincent Jackson.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Vikings have made an offer of a second round pick and a conditional pick in 2011.
Per Cole, the Chargers have declined. As reports have previously indicated, the Chargers are looking for a second and third round pick in 2011. At one point, the price tag was believed to be two second round picks.
At this point most feel it's unlikely a trade gets done because of the Chargers asking price.
With Jackson, it's not just about the trade compensation. He's currently unsigned so any team trading for him would want to work out a long-term deal. He's currently facing a suspension so any contract would have to factor that in.
It was previously reported that the Vikings staff was going to meet on Monday to discuss their interest in restricted free agent WR Vincent Jackson. They're one of a few teams that have been rumored to be interested in Jackson.
The timing in a potential Jackson trade is critical at this point.
If he is traded before 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, he will serve a four-game suspension. If he is traded after that date, his suspension will revert back to six games.
The details on both suspensions, per Judd Zulgas of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Jackson already has served two games of a three-game ban he had placed on him for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The second three games of the suspension was reduced to one and comes as a result of Jackson being placed on the roster-exempt list by the Chargers.
Teams trading for Jackson are also going to want to agree on a contract before a deal is done. It's been rumored that the Chargers are looking for two second round picks -- just like the Broncos got for Brandon Marshall -- in exchange for Jackson. That makes it unlikely a team would trade for him without a long-term contract in place. In addition to all of that, a contract is no easy thing when the player will miss more than a third of one season.
The Chargers' chances of trading Jackson will decrease after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.
The Vikings have reportedly been one of a handful of teams interested in unsigned restricted free agent Chargers WR Vincent Jackson.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Vikings officials were expected to gather on Sunday night or Monday morning to determine their interest in trading for the Chargers receiver.
A team source said Vikings owner Zygi Wilf will be the final authority on a possible trade because Jackson wants a contract that will average $9.5 million per year and contain $30 million in guaranteed money. If the Vikings are willing to pay that amount, the Chargers are expected to ask for two draft picks, one of them at least a second-rounder for the Pro Bowl wideout, who is a restricted free agent.
Jackson recently had a ruling that his suspension would be for four games and not six so that's good news.
The going rate for a top receiver is the two second round picks the Dolphins gave the Broncos for Brandon Marshall. Jackson has a little more legal trouble involved in his case so his value may not be that high but you can bet the Chargers will be asking for something in that range.
Check out Daily Norseman to see what Vikings fans have to say about the interest.
The most interesting offshoot from the Vincent Jackson suspension ruling by the NFL was that it will likely expedite a trade of the restive wide receiver. While the Seattle Seahawks were at one point the only team granted permission by Jackson's agents to discuss a possible trade, a deal could not be worked out and Jackson has remained in holdout limbo since the NFL season began last week.
Now that the Chargers have greater incentive to trade Jackson before Sept. 22 because of a ruling that states his suspension will be reduced from six games to four if he is move by that date. Though the Vikings initially balked at Jackson's asking price in August, Minnesota remains the presumptive favorite among possible destinations for the Pro Bowl wideout.
A report from The Washington Post stated on Thursday that head coach Mike Shanahan said the team wouldn't rule out acquiring the veteran receiver. Both destinations make sense given their respective needs at the receiver position. While new Redskins GM Bruce Allen and Chargers GM A.J. Smith are said to be close, the Redskins have not as yet been included among the teams granted permission to discussion a long-term contract. The Seahawks, Rams and Vikings are the only teams know to have received permission.
On Thursday, the NFL and NFLPA agreed that Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who is currently in the middle of a three-game suspension, can effectively miss only four games rather than six. The catch: the Chargers have to trade him. From Jason Cole at Yahoo Sports:
In effect, Jackson will have to miss the first four games of the season if he is traded by the San Diego Chargers. Jackson is already serving a three-game suspension for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. He was facing the possibility of missing three more games because the Chargers had placed him on the roster exemption list. Jackson will still have to sit three games if he reports to the Chargers.
The 27-year-old Jackson recorded his second consecutive 1,000-yard season in 2009, and there figures to be no shortage of teams interested in Jackson's services in 2010. As Cole notes, though, the Chargers may wait and see whether Jackson's willing to return to the team. Last season, Jackson was a major component in a Chargers passing attack that led the team to a 13-3 record.
For more on Jackson and the Chargers, check out SB Nation's Chargers blog, Bolts from the Blue.
Via Pro Football Talk, it was reported Saturday that Vincent Jackson and an NFL team had worked out a one-year deal in order to facilitate a trade from the Chargers, according to a league source. While the team was unknown, possibilities include the Seahawks and Rams, who showed previous interest.
Now it looks like that report was either premature or the unknown decided it wasn’t worth Jackson’s demands.
Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson remains on the Chargers’ roster, even though general manager A.J. Smith has spent weeks trying to trade the disgruntled player. Several teams have shown interest in Jackson but have been unwilling to meet either the Chargers’ trade demands or Jackson’s contract demands.
And so, Jackson remains a Charger where his three-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy awaits him. It begins retroactively when he arrives at camp so now he’ll miss the first four games of the season for sure.
Keep an eye on Bolts From The Blue for updates.
The Seattle Seahawks have been granted written permission by the Chargers to discuss contract terms with San Diego holdout Vincent Jackson, Seattle general manager John Schneider said through a team spokesman Friday according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.
While no significant progress has occurred to this point, two sources close to the situation said San Diego is committed to trading Jackson, who is believed to be seeking a long-term contract worth more than $9 million per season, because the team expects that he will not report at all this season.
The 6-foot-5 wide receiver caught 68 passes for the Chargers last season on his way to 1,167 yards and nine touchdowns. He also earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his five year career.
It seems San Diego is hesitatnt to give Jackson a long-term deal because he is facing a three-game suspension whenever he plays again because of violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He has twice been charged with driving under the influence.
SB Nation Seattle is following the story.
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