Tag:Vincent Jackson
Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:11 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 1:18 pm

Vikings should make a play for Bolts' Jackson

Posted by Will Brinson

The news that 2009 Pro Bowler Sidney Rice will miss at least half the regular after undergoing hip surgery (and possibly more, depending on the timetable) is pretty devastating for the Vikings' hopes for 2010, since they'll likely be without a legit No. 1 wideout for most of the season. That's why it sure does seem logical for the Minnesota to inquire about picking up disgruntled wide receiver Vincent Jackson from the San Diego Chargers.

Jackson is currently holding out from Chargers camp and seems likely to bail on the season in San Diego -- so much so that the Chargers gave the Seattle Seahawks permission to chat   with Jackson and his agent about a contract in order to make a trade.

It's believed that the Bolts want a second-rounder for Jackson, and that price, given the Vikings need at wide receiver, is just about right for Minny.

Currently, the Vikings are staring down an ugly situation whereby their wide receiver depth chart reads as follows: Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, Greg Lewis, Javon Walker. Dearth of talent aside, this is problematic for a few reasons.

First, Berrian is much, much better suited as a deep threat than a true No. 1. Secondly, Harvin's talents are ideally utilized in the slot position, where the Vikes can move him all over the field. Third, Lewis and Walker aren't guys you want being forced into semi-major roles, much less starting gigs, should another injury occur.

The possibility of dealing for Jackson isn't without its cons, though: One issue facing a possible deal is that the Vikings would almost certainly have to ink Jackson to a long-term deal. That's expensive, obviously, and they just opened up their wallet to guarantee that Brett Favre would return for 2010 (although, really, they should just demand he take a pay cut).

Also, Jackson will miss the first three games of the season due to an NFL-imposed suspension, which severely saps his value when talking both trade and contract.

So maybe management doesn't make it rain on a guy who'll be locked in as a Viking for a long time AND miss some of this season because of personal conduct issues, but at this point, with almost all of their chips firmly planted in the center of the "win now" table, why not?

They've got an uncapped year on their hands, and since they don't provide an inter-conference or inter-division threat to the Chargers, there's really no reason why they shouldn't be at least willing to discuss contract with another 2009 Pro Bowler to fill what is suddenly the biggest positional depth problem on a team that appears pretty desperate to throw everything at a Super Bowl run this year.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 9:49 am

Hot Routes: No Favre here whatsoever

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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-Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com has a nice breakdown of how well the 49ersfirst-team offense and first-team defense played in their 15-10 win vs. the Vikings on Sunday. Most impressive on defense was LB Patrick Willis, who had four tackle on just nine snaps played. Most impressive on offense was QB Alex Smith, who completed 5 of 6 passes and completed all three of his third-down attempts on San Francisco’s opening drive.

-The Minneapolis Star Tribune is already looking forward to Saturday’s third preseason game against Seattle. It’s because, like most every team when it heads into the third exhibition of the year, the starters likely will play into the third quarter.

-San Diego allowed disgruntled Vincent Jackson to speak with Seattle’s representatives, but Michael Lombardi of NFL.com thinks that might have been a bad idea.

-With Rams QB A.J. Feeley injured, don’t be surprised if No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford gets the start in the team’s third preseason game Thursday at New England. Feeley is thought to have a sprained thumb, but he underwent an MRI Sunday to better determine the damage.

-With Michael Matthews turning his ankle in practice Sunday, the Bills are down to just one tight end . That lucky man is Jonathan Stupar. Expect Buffalo to take a look at the free agent market.

-Apparently, New York Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson loves playing in the preseason. I mean, he absolutely LOVES it . Which is probably news to everybody in the NFL.

-With the return of Patriots WR Wes Welker and Seahawks RB Leon Washington from gruesome leg injuries, Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated discusses Gale Sayers’ shot knees and the pain tolerance the Bears legendary RB has. Pretty awesome/gruesome stuff there.

-Cowboys S Gerald Sensabaugh will miss the rest of the preseason and his status for Dallas’ season-opener is in question because of a subluxation in his shoulder.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 5:57 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 6:35 pm

Vincent Jackson talking contract with Seahawks

Posted by Andy Benoit

There could finally be some movement on the Vincent Jackson front. According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports , the Seattle Seahawks have been given permission to discuss contract terms with the star receiver. This suggests that a trade could be on the horizon. V. Jackson (US Presswire)

The Seahawks say they have talked to Chargers general manager A.J. Smith about trade compensation for Jackson. If Jackson gets his way, a new contract would likely be in the neighborhood of $9 million per season. Jackson would instantly become the No. 1 receiver in Seattle, relegating T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a more-fitting underneath role and allowing second-round rookie Golden Tate to assume the slot duties.

The Dolphins’ acquisition of Brandon Marshall from Denver will likely set the bar here. Miami gave up two second-round picks for Marshall (one in 2010, another in 2011).

Jackson’s holdout stems from his displeasure with being tendered as a restricted free agent. Jackson refused to sign the one-year tender of $3.268 million by June 15. The Chargers reduced the one-year tender to $583,000, which only widened the gap between the player and team.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 8:40 pm

Chargers play more hardball with holdouts

Posted by Andy Benoit

Wide receiver Vincent Jackson and left tackle Marcus McNeill both plan to sit out the 2010 season. But, just in case they change their minds and decide to play the minimum six games (which would earn them an accredited season), Chargers GM A.J. Smith has flexed some muscle in that realm.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune writes:

League sources said Friday that Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill have received letters informing them of the Chargers' intentions to place them on the Roster Exempt List if they do not sign their tenders by Aug. 20.

A player on the Roster Exempt List is ineligible to play for three games following the day he signs. The Chargers used the tactic with tight end Antonio Gates to end his 2005 holdout.

This forces Jackson and McNeill to sign their RFA tenders three weeks earlier than Week 10 in order to make 2010 an accredited season.

Thus, the Chargers would have the players for three additional weeks of practice.

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 2:30 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 6:01 pm

Chargers should pay V-Jackson; not McNeill

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

An interesting study by Pro Football Focus to determine, once and for all, if the Chargers should pay WR Vincent Jackson and LT Marcus McNeill what they’re demanding or if they should let them sit out most of the season and not let them collect their paychecks.

According to PFF, Jackson ranks as the fourth-best WR of 2009. But it’s more than that. He makes life easier for No. 2 WR Malcom Floyd, and without Jackson in the lineup to take away the pressure of the opponent’s No. 1 CB, it’s a legitimate question of whether Floyd will be as effective if he’s the No. 1 target of that team’s secondary.

And then, even if Floyd is OK as the No. 1 WR, it’s the domino effect. Can a player like Legedu Naanee be helped by Floyd in the same way Floyd was helped by Jackson? Either way, the consensus here is that the Chargers should pay Jackson, even though he’s facing a three-game suspension.

The same cannot be said for McNeill. Although McNeill is a Pro Bowler, PFF writes he’s not a good run-blocker and, actually, he’s not a great pass-protector either. Plus, the LT position as a whole might be more undervalued this year, because the Super Bowl champion Saints feature a LT in Jermon Bushrod who’s not exactly spectacular.

More from PFF:

What’s more, (McNeill) has struggled against the top pass-rushers. Dallas’ dynamic duo of DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer had four pressures from 34 pass plays despite McNeill getting tight end help on a third of those plays. And if he opts to play rather than hold out, he’ll be relieved that injured Broncos pass rusher Elvis Dumervil won’t be lined up against him — McNeill lost the battle of “Doom” both times in 2009.

We’d advise the Chargers look at how the Super Bowl champions managed to move on without their similarly overrated franchise left tackle (Jammal Brown). The circumstances may be different, but injury forced the Saints to put blindside protection in the hands of their QB — and the end results were a shiny Vince Lombardi trophy, an increase in draft picks and a lot of money saved.

Not that any of this will change GM A.J. Smith’s mind – Smith has said he’s moved on without Jackson and McNeill – but it must be comforting for him to know that more than one person agrees that he shouldn’t give in to McNeill’s demands.

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 7:43 pm

A.J. Smith is 'done talking' about McNeil, V-Jax

Obviously, the biggest storyline surrounding the San Diego Chargers is the absence of Marcus McNeil and Vincent Jackson from the team's training camp. Anytime you have two Pro Bowlers missing from your squad, it's something the press wants to know about.

But GM A.J. Smith doesn't care what we want. Because he's "done talking" about the guys who want new deals.
“I’m done talking about Vincent (Jackson) and Marcus (McNeill),” he said. “Our season is under way now. They have made a business decision, along with their agents, to not be a part of the team. They are not pleased with our position, and that is their right. Our total concentration will be on players that are trying to help us win now. If they should ever rejoin us at any time, I will be happy to address the situation with you then.” This fits right in line with Smith's previous stance that he was prepared to lose both Jackson and McNeil. He was also asked about Shawne Merriman (albeit separately) and had a similar answer:
“I’m done talking about Shawne,” Smith said. “Our season is under way. Our total focus will be on players that are here. This camp will go by fast, and the Chiefs game will be on us fast.” So, yeah, Smith is making it pretty clear that he's not even going to PRETEND to play ball with these guys that want new deals.

And at this point, it might be too late for Jackson and McNeil to even bother trying to show up. Sure, they could, but they've likely angered some teammates at this point. Clearly, Smith isn't thrilled about the situation.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 9:20 am

Vincent Jackson to the Redskins?

If the Chargers do indeed trade Vincent Jackson, expect the disgruntled receiver to go to either the Redskins or Seahawks. This is according to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora. V. Jackson (US Presswire)

Jackson spent time this past offseason working out with Donovan McNabb in Arizona. The Redskins have no viable wideout aside from Santana Moss (dinosaur Joey Galloway is actually getting first team reps right now). They’re reportedly disenchanted with third-year receivers Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas. Both players lack downfield speed and quick change-of-direction, which, factored with their remedial coverage reading abilities, makes “getting open” a challenge.

The Seahawks come up whenever any star receiver is on the market. That could be because T.J. Houshmandzadeh is, deep down, more of a No. 2. Seattle actually has decent receiver depth, though. Deon Butler is expected to be better; Deion Branch is serviceable in the slot; and back in spring, coaches were giddy about the catch-and-run prowess of second-round rookie Golden Tate.

All this said, there’s still no guarantee that Chargers GM A.J. Smith will give in and trade Jackson.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 12:39 pm

A few of the many who will hold out

How about some holdout news (though I’m sure we’ll get a ton of it in the next few weeks to follow)?

Don’t expect to see Chargers LT Marcus McNeil and WR Vincent Jackson anytime soon. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee , both players are committed to seeing their holdouts all the way through. Neither apparently has spoken with San Diego’s front office since the middle of last month.

Though this news has gone under the radar – especially as it relates to McNeil and Jackson – LB Shawne Merriman also isn’t happy with his contract situation and might not show up on time.

From the story:

Having stayed away from Chargers Park most of the offseason and having not participated in minicamp or coaching sessions, Merriman has declined to comment on when he will report. However, sources confirmed the sides are in the preliminary stages of discussing the circumstances and timing of Merriman signing his $3.269-million tender and reporting to camp.

Still, it must be pointed out there has been talk about one or all three players sitting out the entire season.

Everyone has debated for months and will continue for months to argue the merits of each side doing what it is doing.

The bottom line: The team has several players whose contracts are up in 2010, and it has prioritized how it will work down the list. (Everyone needs to get in line behind Antonio Gates.) Add an uncertain labor climate, and the Chargers are not doing long-term deals at present.

Also, GM A.J. Smith doesn’t plan to reinstate money he trimmed from Jackson’s and McNeill’s tenders when they did not sign by June 15.

Anyway, check out the rest of the story. Acee has some interesting scenarios that could play out in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, in Eagles news, ESPN.com reports first-round pick defensive end Brandon Graham probably won’t be in attendance when Philadelphia opens training camp Monday. Apparently, early conversations have begun between Graham and the Eagles, but it sounds like the two sides aren’t close to an agreement.

--Josh Katzowitz

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