Posted by Josh Katzowitz
It looks like we’ll have some closure on two of the biggest names who didn’t report for duty this year.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Chargers WR Vincent Jackson – who’s been the subject of so many trade rumors, all of which fell through for one reason or another – will report to his team Oct 31, while Patriots G Logan Mankins will report to New England by Nov. 16.
These moves should not come as a surprise. Though there was talk about both of these players sitting out the entire season, the fact is they want to accrue another season toward free agency, and to do that, they needed to report by the Tuesday following Week 10 of the season (Jackson has to report three weeks early, because the Chargers made him roster exempt, meaning he must sit out three games before the six-game clock that signifies an accrued season of free agency begins).
Really, it would have been silly of them not to do so, and Mortensen writes both of the players were advised to report by the NFL Players Association.
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