Tag:Vincent Jackson
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:49 am

Hot Routes 2.10.11: Panthers the new Chargers?

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports is whipping through a Top-40 list of NFL Draft prospects. Ryan Mallett (who checks in at No. 37) is at one point called a "statue with a cannon attached," if that makes you feel good about your team maybe drafting him. It shouldn't.
Posted on: February 9, 2011 10:46 pm

Talk of franchise tagging emerges

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Now we come to the time of year when teams begin trying to figure out who they’re going to franchise tag for the upcoming season. This year, that effort seems a bit irrelevant, considering we don’t even know if franchise tagging will survive into the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.

But for now, even though the NFLPA claims NFL teams are not allowed to tag anybody, the teams will do it anyway.

According to NFL.com’s Albert Breer, the Steelers are looking to place that designation on LB LaMarr Woodley. Though it’s unclear in what position he would be tagged – as a linebacker or a defensive end or a hybrid, which naturally would affect his salary – it potentially is a good deal for Woodley.

Typically, if the Steelers place the tag on you or plan on placing the tag on you, they end up signing you to a long-term deal.

As for the Chargers, the San Diego Union Tribune writes they might franchise WR Vincent Jackson. Apparently, Jackson knows this is a possibility, and he would be willing to play for the $10 million or so that the tag would bring him.

Unlike the Steelers, though, it sounds like the Chargers aren’t interested in a long-term contract for Jackson, who’s been a bit of a problem child. Instead, they very well could let him walk away after the 2011 season so they can cash in on a compensatory draft pick (likely a third-rounder).

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 2:21 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 8:59 pm

Hot Routes 1.31.11 the NFL outside of Dallas

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Retaining Darren Sproles in 2011 could be tough for San Diego.

Titans wide receiver coach Fred Graves has joined the Panthers staff. Graves coached Steve Smith at Utah.

More Panthers assistant coach news: running back coach Jim Skipper, despite his catchy name, will not be brought back. .

Not surprisingly, Super Bowl winning teams tend to send more players to the Hall of Fame.

The NFLPA has issued a “Let Us Player” video over the internet.

A new offseason means the renewal of a Vincent Jackson to the Rams? discussion.

Andy Reid’s youngest son gave a verbal commitment to play football at Temple.

Hue Jackson has been referring to Al Davis as “Coach Davis”.

Bernard Berrian admits that the alleged extortion attempt was a distraction.

National Weather Service is advising Packer fans to wait until Wednesday to leave for Dallas.

The Onion has some fun with Carson Palmer and the Bengals.

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 12:33 pm

Hot Routes 12.29.10: Doing good deeds

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Ever wonder what happens to all the pink wristbands, gloves, cleats and towels that NFL players use during the month of October to raise awareness about breast cancer? The answer is, they’re auctioned off as part of the league’s A Crucial Catch breast cancer awareness campaign. On Tuesday, the NFL announced that the program raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society.

- It wouldn’t be surprising if all Bengals fans wanted to take their team to court for the way it’s played this season. One person actually is, though for alleged injuries. My man, Kimball Perry, writing for the Cincinnati Enquirer, details the lawsuit filed by Rebecca Dunn for injuries suffered in the stands during a 2009 contest.

- Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio thinks Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio has done a damn good job this season.

- The Buccaneers coaching staff has to feel a little unsettled. That’s because most of the assistants don’t have a contract for next season. Blame the potential 2011 lockout.

-  Bengals LT Andrew Whitworth, snubbed for the Pro Bowl despite winning the fan vote, can’t help but wonder if where a player was selected in the NFL Draft has an impact on his Pro Bowl status, even many years later.

- It seems unlikely Texans WR Andre Johnson will play in the Pro Bowl. Maybe Whitworth can take his spot at wide receiver.

- The Green Bay Press Gazette doesn’t think Packers T Chad Clifton and CB Charles Woodson should have been given Pro Bowl berths.

- Forbes.com writes Redskins owner Daniel Snyder should use a potential lockout as a chance to do some spring cleaning. And hire Bill Parcells.

- The San Diego Union Tribune thinks the Chargers should re-sign WR Vincent Jackson. That would probably be a popular sentiment in San Diego.

- What happened to Cardinals WR Steve Breaston, why isn’t he playing and what is his future in Arizona?

- David Garrard will have surgery on his finger Thursday and won't play in Jacksonville's game Sunday.

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 9:36 pm

SD probably won't give V-Jax a long-term deal

V. Jackson likely won't be getting a long-term deal from San Diego (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Even after his spectacular performance last week in the Chargers win against the 49ers – WR Vincent Jackson recorded five catches for 112 yards and three touchdowns in his second game of the season – San Diego probably won’t want to sign Jackson to a long-term contract.

As the San Diego Union Tribune points out, the Chargers could be scared off by his personal history (two DUI arrests and driving with a suspended license) and the fact they’d have to pay him a megaton of money for a guy they probably consider unreliable.

But if the next Collective Bargaining Agreement continues the use of the franchise tag, there’s a pretty good chance San Diego would hand off that designation to Jackson.

The Union Tribune explains:

First, no one is certain what a tag would look like (and if there will even be one) under a new CBA. And even if the franchise tag rules remain the same, the Chargers would have to choose between putting the exclusive or non-exclusive tag on Jackson.

The exclusive tag would mean Jackson would be guaranteed a one-year salary worth the average of the five highest-paid receivers (expected to be more than $10 million) but be unable to negotiate with any other teams. A non-exclusive tag would mean he gets the $10 mil-plus salary but would be able to negotiate with other teams. If he did agree to a contract with another team, the Chargers would be able to match the offer to keep him (not going to happen) or be entitled to two first-round picks as compensation for losing him.

While there is no consideration currently to ever give Jackson a long-term deal, a tag also gives everyone time to see if Jackson stays clean. It is a concern – not just in the Chargers front office but around the NFL – that another serious legal issue for Jackson would result in him being suspended for a full year. The only thing that would bring leniency and calm fears is more time having passed.

A franchise tag would not sit well with Jackson, but then again, he hasn’t exactly been a model NFL player/citizen either, so who else could he blame but himself?

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 12:31 am

With V-Jax, the Chargers could be deadly

V. Jackson is excited after catching a 58-yard TD pass (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In his first game of the 2010 season, Chargers WR Vincent Jackson didn’t last one quarter before excusing himself from the contest with a calf injury. Then, he missed the next week.

For a guy who’d been shouting in the preseason about a new contract before refusing to sign his tender, holding out, getting his bluff called by San Diego GM A.J. Smith and serving two suspensions, this was not an especially impressive showing.

When he finally returned in last week’s 31-0 San Diego victory against the Chiefs, he tallied two catches for 29 yards. This, you might have asked, was the player who crowed about wanting one of the top WR salaries in the league? This, even though he originally was scheduled to make $3.2 million this season (that salary was later slashed to $600,000, so yeah, his refusal to sign his tender wasn’t a great financial decision).

If you had doubted Jackson’s abilities, look no further than the Chargers 34-7 victory against the 49ers tonight, because Jackson was nothing short of incredible. He finished with five catches for 119 yards and three touchdowns, and he was simply outstanding. His first score was his most impressive, when he out-leapt San Francisco CB Nate Clements for a 58-yard touchdown to give San Diego a 7-0 lead.

From there, the Chargers – and Jackson – never looked back.

San Diego is currently in the middle of its yearly December restoration project when it has to overcome a slow start to the season only to make a huge run to win the AFC West and make the playoffs.

With tonight’s win, the Chargers are a half-game back of the Chiefs, who face the Rams this weekend and could be without quarterback Matt Cassel again. Unquestionably, San Diego – which has won six of its past seven games – has the momentum going into its final two games of the season (against the Bengals and the Broncos, two should-be wins), as opposed to the Chiefs, who gone 3-3 in their past six games.

The Chargers still have to hope they can actually make the playoffs – if the Chiefs win out, it’d still be tough for the Chargers to get a Wild Card, even with a 10-6 record.

But …

But if San Diego can make the postseason, the Chargers will be a tough squad to play. Assuming TE Antonio Gates and WR Malcom Floyd are healthy enough to play, assuming Jackson continues to perform like he did tonight, assuming the Chargers defense continues to play well and assuming QB Philip Rivers continues to be an MVP candidate, this team will be a tough out in the postseason.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Jackson told the NFL Network after the game. “This team is moving in the right direction. I’m glad to be a part of it.”

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 6:45 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2010 6:48 pm

Gates, Floyd inactive

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Two of the Chargers most important offensive players, TE Antonio Gates and WR Malcom Floyd, are inactive for tonight’s game vs. the 49ers, as reported by the NFL Network.

Gates, as we’ve well-documented, is suffering from plantar fasciitis, and though he played in Weeks 12 and 13, he’ll have missed the past two games with his absence tonight. Look for Randy McMichael to get plenty of time in his place.

Meanwhile, Floyd, who’s dealing with a bad hamstring, simply didn’t have enough time to get healthy during the Chargers’ short week of preparation. Fortunately for San Diego, WR Vincent Jackson will play today.

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 7:20 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 7:28 pm

Report: Vincent Jackson to miss 2 weeks

Posted by Will Brinson

Vincent Jackson's 2010 has been, um, unproductive, to say the least. He held out for a long-term contract (A.J. Smith said thanks, but no thanks), served a suspension for his second DUI and served a suspension for the roster exempt rule before eventually signing his tender.

He returned to the field on Sunday night against the Colts, but did nothing, leaving the game in the first quarter with a calf injury. NBC's sideline reporter Andrea Kramer is now reporting (via her blog I think?) that Jackson will miss two weeks with a groin and a calf injury, after undergoing an MRI on Monday.

Here's the weird thing -- Kramer reports that Jackson injured his groin at the end of last week in practice and then injured his calf during pregame warmups while overcompensating for the groin injury.

However, Jackson was never listed on San Diego's injury report leading up to the game. So, there's certainly some inconsistency there, at least in terms of the groin report (there had been some rumor that he'd hurt his left calf before the game and then injured his right one during it) and what the Chargers told the public and the Colts before the game.

If Jackson misses two more weeks, it could be a pretty devastating blow to his free agency hopes, as he'll have -- at best -- three regular season weeks and however long the Chargers are in the playoffs to boost his stock. Considering the multiple reasons he missed time this season, it's safe to say that it can't get any lower right now.

And it doesn't help the Chargers either, since they expected him to be a "major contributor" when he returned.

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