Posted by Will Brinson
Well, it's after 4 PM EST on Wednesday and the San Diego Chargers still own the rights to Vincent Jackson -- which means, folks, we're not going to see a deal.
From all accounts, the Minnesota Vikings worked pretty, pretty hard at getting something done, but in the end couldn't justify parting with two early draft picks in 2011 with the possibility of Jackson of being nothing more than a one-year rental if they couldn't agree to a long term deal with his camp. (Additionally, there's the fear of sinking money and picks into a player who could potentially face up to a year's suspension stemming from the personal conduct policy.)
This means Jackson will miss six games now, at minimum, and things are looking more and more like he'll end up missing the entire season. That's based not only on Jackson's previous comments but what his agent Jonathan Feinsod told Adam Schefter today .
"Archie Manning had it right," Feinsod said. "They call [A.J. Smith] the 'Lord of No Rings' for a reason."
Yes, that is a burn, and yes, it means that Jackson's agents (Neil Schwartz and Feinsod) probably aren't really friendly with Smith right now. After all, they wanted their client to get a new deal -- Smith's unwillingness to lower his asking price for the wideout means he'll miss a minimum of six games and have to wait what could be a lengthy period of time for his new contract.
And, potentially -- or perhaps likely -- miss the entire 2010 season.
Update (4:39): Jason LaCanfora reports on Twitter that he exchanged texts with Vincent Jackson who said, "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."
Wow -- that's a whole bunch of texting. More importantly, though, it's a whole bunch of opining from a player who certainly doesn't seem like he wants anything to do with the San Diego organization any longer.
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