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V-Jax agent says they never demanded $50 million

Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:52 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The biggest sticking point in the whole "where will Vincent Jackson play, if at all, this season?" situation is money. That's not surprising, because typically when NFL players aren't showing up to camp, that's why. Jackson appeared with Jason LaCanfora on an NFL Network interview last night and discussed his plans for the 2010 season, saying he would "absolutely" sit out the entire year .

The problem with Jackson's plans, in so far as everyone has understood it, is that he wants $50 million over five years and no one -- or, at least the Vikings and Seahawks, the only two teams who have supposedly inquired as to his price tag -- wants to pay it.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk did something smart Saturday morning, though: he called Neil Schwartz and asked him about the deets on Jackson's demands. Turns out there's a little more than meets the eye.

"There's no truth to the report that we asked for $50 million over five years and $30 million guaranteed," Schwartz told PFT by phone this morning. "We only talked concepts with the Seahawks, and I specifically mentioned players like [Cowboys receiver] Roy Williams, [Bills receiver] Lee Evans, [Falcons receiver] Roddy White, who we represent, [Dolphins receiver] Brandon Marshall, and [Cardinals receiver] Larry Fitzgerald. No numbers were mentioned."

Now, it's really impossible to know if Schwartz is 100 percent telling the truth; someone told the Vikings and Seahawks that Jackson wanted $10 million a year (which, yes, as we've previously established, is way too much for a guy with off-field issues and potential baggage to demand).

But, as Florio notes, it's entirely possible that it was the Chargers who told the Vikings and Seahawks that Jackson's camp was looking for such a big contract. The logic there is that a) Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune was the one reporting the number, and his sources clearly lie more closely with one side than the other, and b) Schwartz never got permission to speak with the Vikings -- for Minny to find out that Jackson was "too expensive" for them, the information would have most likely come from the Chargers.

The long and short of this is that as much as Jackson may say he's willing to be a Charger this year, there's enough tension/anger/etc between the two sides that things might be irreconcilable.

That's why we're getting numerous PR-looking statements and interviews and actions from both sides. What would be nice is to see a team -- the Rams, perhaps? -- step up, make the Chargers an offer and then hammer out some kind of deal with Jackson. Of course, the fact that whoever is looking to acquire the disgruntled wideout has to negotiate with multiple sides only makes this harder to sift through.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:19 am
 

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Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:55 am
 

V-Jax agent says they never demanded $50 million

Rivers is a good QB, not a great QB.  He's not some kind of record breaker.  He's NOT in the same league as John Elway.  Not even on the same planet.  He's not even better than the QB he replaced.  Drew Brees' Super Bowl trophy says "hello".  When Rivers makes it TO a Super Bowl you can start putting him in the conversation for great.  He doesn't even have to win.  All he has to do is not choke in the playoffs.I said he had heart like Elway, we don't know if he is a record breaker because his career isn't over. John Elway didn't win a SB until VERY LATE in his career. In fact he almost went down as a QB that got DECIMATED in his Superbowl visits. Bree's is NOW a great QB, when he was in SD, he was no where close to where he is now. I don't know what games you were watching but I saw a QB play on one leg in the playoffs, if you are going to say he choked in the playoffs, then you haven't been watching and as I said before, you have your little man-hate on Rivers and that will always cloud your judgement.

Jerzee



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2010 2:30 pm
 

V-Jax agent says they never demanded $50 million

Rivers is a good QB, not a great QB.

notorious you are a clown.

Philip Rivers has had a better than 3 to 1 TDs to Ints ratio for the last 2 years playing the full season each year.

Give me a list of quarterbacks that have done that and you will have a list of GREAT QBs.

Try again pal.





Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2010 8:54 pm
 

V-Jax agent says they never demanded $50 million

How can you be sure that the agent is telling the truth? Not like an agent would lie, would they? Right now it's cat and mouse. As for your second and third comments, yes Vjax is a very good receiver, however he is not without issues. Seems you know about receivers with issues, right? I never said that the agent was telling the truth.  You're misconstruing my statement.  What I'm saying is that you can't take one side of a story and make it the story.  Plain and simple.

Rivers is a good QB, not a great QB.  He's not some kind of record breaker.  He's NOT in the same league as John Elway.  Not even on the same planet.  He's not even better than the QB he replaced.  Drew Brees' Super Bowl trophy says "hello".  When Rivers makes it TO a Super Bowl you can start putting him in the conversation for great.  He doesn't even have to win.  All he has to do is not choke in the playoffs.

So he says, but a repeat offender is not likely to change his ways. Tell that to Randy Moss.

And to you uninformed people who keep saying Jackson "only did it once", HE HAD BACK TO BACK 1,000 YARD SEASONS.  He's led the Chargers in receiving EACH of the last 2 years.  If doing something two years in a row is equal to "once", Brady only has 1 and a half Super Bowl trophies.

But he did specifically name Fitzgerald, Evans,  Williams, Marshall, and Roddy White.  Take a look at the contracts of those players. Jackson has as many 1,000 yard seasons as Lee Evans (in as many years) and more than Roy Williams (in less years).



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2010 2:36 pm
 

V-Jax agent says they never demanded $50 million

Ok, I'll take the agent at his word that they never said $50 million and they "only talked concepts".

But he did specifically name Fitzgerald, Evans,  Williams, Marshall, and Roddy White.  Take a look at the contracts of those players.  These "concepts" range is from a low of $9 million (Roy Williams) and a high of just under $12 million(Marshall) and a range of 4-6 years I would say it is pretty easy to see what kind of contract they are looking for.

larry fitzgerald 4 years $40million
lee evans 4 years 37,5 mill
roddy white 6 year 48 million
brandon marshall 4 year 47 million
roy williams 6 year 54 million

Personally it sounds like VJ's camp has realized that no one is paying him this type of money and that they are trying to save face and reopen the door to further negotiations.  VJ says he'll sit out the year but I'm not buying that, plus with a Malcom Floyd stepping in, sitting out the year could really hurt VJ's value.





Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2010 2:01 pm
 

V-Jax agent says they never demanded $50 million

The guy is trouble, seen him at multiple parties fall-down drunk then get in his car and split.  This guy will get another DUI.  Also know he LOVES to burn the "wacky tabacky", even during the season.  No tests for dope during the season unless a previous offense of using is on the record.  Deal him to the Rams and let him fade away.  Floyd will move over and provide the down-the-field plays Jackson has the past two years.  In fact, I think Floyd is better in the air.  Nanee is a pure athlete with top-drawer hands and route running to go with above-average speed and great size.  Combined with Rivers pin-point accuracy and the addition of Mathews, the O will not skip a beat with Jackson sitting out.



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2010 1:26 pm
 

V-Jax agent says they never demanded $50 million

If the only people conveying any information is the team and not the player, how can we assume that the team is speaking truthfully about the player's demands?
How can you be sure that the agent is telling the truth? Not like an agent would lie, would they? Right now it's cat and mouse. As for your second and third comments, yes Vjax is a very good receiver, however he is not without issues. Seems you know about receivers with issues, right?

Fourth, Rivers is a great QB, that has a ton of heart. Like Elway, not like Cutler, Orton or Tebow. He is flat out in the top 3-4 QB's in the AFC. This is a fact, you happen to be a Rivers hater and I am sure still sore at him for the Cutler fiasco.

As far as the holdout. IMHO it will be for the year, Between his suspensions and all the other stuff, he might not get his number of games for a full season. He might end up screwing himself.

His character issues are front page. He has guaranteed that there will be NO other issues, ever. So he says, but a repeat offender is not likely to change his ways.

Forgiveness is for God, not AJ. Sealed

Jerzee



Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2010 1:15 pm
 

V-Jax agent says they never demanded $50 million

The fact of the matter is if V-Jax holds out for the entire year he will loose even more value than he has already. He is a good receive but I would not put him in the top 5 and that is the He is in a great offense in SD and if he goes to a St Louis or Cleve then he will of course lose value but anybody would.
I hate the fact that if a player feels they are playing above the amount of $ they are beign paid then they hold out. He should shut up play out his contract and then haul in a bundle in FA. If he does not like it then he should have signed a one year deal. No NFL team would ever say no to signing a player to a one year deal. If a player is not playing up to the contract you never see them giving the money back!! I do not see Fat Albert giving money back.




Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2010 9:53 pm
 

V-Jax agent says they never demanded $50 million

Oh, please. What NFL team in it's right mind would ask the holdout's team what the disgruntled player wants?  You ask the agent, period.  Of course the agent isn't going to tell the media what he's asking for, that's Negotiations 101.  He'll talk ballpark with the potential suitor, so he can deny that he threw out any specifics numbers if the asking price is too high and then adjust as necessary in subsequent negotiations with other teams. The author of this article is either a junior high school student, or a journalism intern.

Jackson has proven to be a fine receiver with an extremely accurate qb and a pair of DUIs. Caveat emptor.


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