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Sound like A.J. Smith won't negotiate with V-Jax

Posted on: February 19, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 1:29 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

Thanks to his lengthy holdout (and ensuing three-game suspension) Vincent Jackson did not catch a pass for the 2010 Chargers until Week 14. Overall, San Diego’s offense was still prolific despite the absence of its most lethal vertical playmaker. But nevertheless, the 28-year-old Jackson is key to the Chargers’ aerial attack moving forward.
V. Jackson (US Presswire)
Hence, general manager A.J. Smith slapped Jackson with the team’s 2011 franchise tag. The tag delivers Jackson a one-year deal that guarantees upwards of $10 million. That’s roughly $7 million more than the initial RFA tender he was stuck with last season.

But if Jackson still wants a long-term contract with a fat signing bonus up front (and we’ll assume he does), he’ll have to wait. Again.

“Vincent’s a good player and he’s always been a good player, which I’ve said repeatedly,” Smith told Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I’m comfortable with not giving him a long-term deal right now and we are not negotiating a long-term deal. We’ll see how the year goes, but not at the present time.”

As Jackson learned last year, when Smith says he’s not negotiating, he’s not negotiating. So why this position for the curmudgeonly GM?

Smith could be keeping Jackson in a one-year deal because he doesn’t trust the receiver’s off-field maturity (Jackson has had multiple DUI arrests in his career). Or, more likely, he could be thinking that with a quarterback like Philip Rivers, wide receivers are more dispensable. This in mind, don’t be surprised if the Chargers draft a wideout in one of the early rounds this April.

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Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 3:26 pm

Sound like A.J. Smith won't negotiate with V-Jax

Excuse me but the reason he doesn't have a long term deal is because of HIS off the field antics.  His being the key word.  As a man you have to answer for your actions.  He decided to go out and get multiple DUI arrests, not the coach, not the owner, but Jackson.  So he has no one to blame but himself, and while we're at it, playing for $10mil this year, not exactly food stamps is it.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2011 3:24 pm

Sound like A.J. Smith won't negotiate with V-Jax

If he dosent like V-Jax just let him leave, don't hold him captive  

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2011 3:07 pm

Sound like A.J. Smith won't negotiate with V-Jax

As a longtime season ticket holder (31 years), I've suffered through my share of mediocre Charger teams. The current owners (Spanos) are not football people and it shows in the organization. Before last year's playoff game with the Jets, 12 of the players were out gallivanting 'til the wee hours of the morning. 4 of them in Vegas! No wonder they ran out of steam in the second half. They should have been sequestered in a local hotel where they could all have concentrated on the game. They've had a lot of talent for the last several years with nothing to show for it. The owners should do San Diego a favor and admit they've failed with this franchise. Sell the team to an owner who's got a clue.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2011 3:03 pm

Sound like A.J. Smith won't negotiate with V-Jax

Owners like this make negotiations, collective bargaining agreements a pain. You maybe your team would have made the playoffs last year if you had V-Jax earlier.

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 3:00 pm

Sound like A.J. Smith won't negotiate with V-Jax

Why would AJ Smith throw money at VJax when he has proven that he cannot stay clean off the field.  I don't know if you missed it but he has multiple DUI charges. I don't know what that means to you, but to me it shows immaturity (amongst other things).

AJ Smith is protecting his team, much like VJax wants to protect himself long term.  

So VJax I guess will have to just suck it up at this point and make 10 million next year. 

Do you not think that VJax might owe SD something for standing by him during his legal troubles? I mean 10 mil isn't a minimum wage slave now is it?

It was VJax's decision to hold out last year, he signed his deal, then he wanted more.  He fueled Smith's fire and Smith is probably not going to negotiate with him because Jackson's finacial stance hasn't changed.  That and VJax pissed him off.

You can't let every athlete in ever situation dictate what will happen.  If you do you will turn into the NBA, and that situation with players wanting out and forcing their way out and creating "super teams" is a nightmare.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 2:51 pm

Sound like A.J. Smith won't negotiate with V-Jax

That isn't what the franchise player designation was meant to be when it was intiated.  

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 2:45 pm

Sound like A.J. Smith won't negotiate with V-Jax

And this is fair?? smith doesnt want to sign jackson longterm but as a year to year rental..suppose Jackson tears up his knee? Once again Smith shows the kind of jerk he is. The system needs changing

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