Nearly six months after receiving the franchise tag from the San Diego Chargers, WR Vincent Jackson will make it official and sign the one-year contract. The AP reports that Jackson's agent has confirmed he will sign the franchise tag on Friday when players are allowed to do so.
He will also report to the team, according to the report, which means we won't see a similar situation to last season when Jackson held out until the end of October.
Jackson now stands to make over $11 million but I doubt that makes him too happy. Last year, he was one of the fifth year players who got caught up in the free agency changes that resulted in the Chargers placing a tender on him and blocking him from the open market. Now this year, he gets the franchise tag.
Ultimately, he wants to cash in on the free agency market but that won't be happening this year. His best move would be to put up big numbers in San Diego again and look to free agency in 2012.
Jackson's agent wouldn't comment to the AP about whether long-term contract discussions would happen but judging by everything that's happened in the last two years I would imagine Jackson doesn't get that long-term deal.
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