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Posted on: October 29, 2010 5:33 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2010 5:33 pm
 

V-Jax officially joins Chargers

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

WR Vincent Jackson officially ended his ugly season-long holdout today and signed a one-year tender with the Chargers.

Since GM A.J. Smith placed him on the Roster-Exempt list, Jackson - whose original salary for the season would have been $3.2 million before it was slashed to $600,000 - will miss the next three weeks and will be eligible to play Nov. 28 vs. the Colts.

Jackson “I’m happy Vincent is here,” Smith said in a team release.  “I have no doubt he will go to work, work hard and quickly get into game-shape. Once he starts playing in games, I don’t think it will take him long for him to be a contributor and help us.”

Said Jackson in that same release: “It feels good to be with my teammates. I’ve missed football more than you can imagine. Right now I’m just looking forward to being able to practice and get back on the field. My only concern is doing whatever I can to contribute and help the team win. The future will take care of itself.”

Jackson will join a Chargers offense that ranks first in the NFL in passing yards with an average of 317.4 yards per contest. In Jackson’s absence, Malcom Floyd - who's struggling with a hamstring injury currently - has moved into that so-called No. 1 WR spot, though TE Antonio Gates leads the team with 35 catches for 540 yards and eight touchdowns. Meanwhile, RB Darren Sproles is third on the team in receptions. Aside from that, the WR depth is pretty thin.

Getting a top-quality WR who’s tall and unusually gifted will be a pretty good Thanksgiving gift for Chargers QB Philip Rivers. And for the Chargers who are among the NFL’s most disappointing teams this season.

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 7:43 pm
 

Smith expects Jackson to be 'major contributor'

Posted by Will Brinson

Vincent Jackson informed the San Diego Chargers that he'll sign his tender Friday (which means a return date of October 29, due to his roster exempt suspension), but even though the former Pro Bowler is coming back, there's no guarantee that the Chargers will bring him right back into the fold, right?

Wrong -- A.J. Smith told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday afternoon that he expects Jackson to be a "major contributor."

"I believe he will do well," Smith said. "He always has been a worker, stays in shape, knows our offense. After a little game-speed adjustment, I would expect him to be a major contributor."

This is surprising if only because Smith's been so stubborn with Jackson's situation -- although his stance was the same with Marcus McNeill as well.

It's not surprising because the Chargers are floundering early (again) at 2-4, Malcom Floyd, Legedu Naanee and Antonio Gates are all somewhat injured, and Buster Davis has two king-size Butterfingers attached to his wrists.

In short, Jackson immediately makes this team immensely more dangerous on the offensive end, and it behooves Smith, for job security's sake, to make sure that things are "all business" with his disgruntled wideout. Plus, a big second half to the season from Jackson means more wins for the Bolts and more money for the receiver, so it's a win-win as long as everyone can play nice off the field.

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 5:53 pm
 

Givin 'Em the Business: Stupid, Soft Brains

Posted by Will Brinson

Givin Em the Business (yes we were on hiatus, sorry, we're back now) recognizes all the people that annoyed us from the week that was in football. Feel free to provide nominations either in the comments or by yelling at us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .


Rank Who Why

1

Concussions
We like to blame aggressive players or equipment or rules, but you know who's really to blame? The stupid soft brain tissue that sits in all of our skulls. If it was tough, like a real man, then it wouldn't be so easily bruised and hurt and injured and we could just run around all acting like Bill Romanowski and slamming our heads into walls and punching ourselves. Dumb brain.

2

Brett Favre
Sure, he didn't release the alleged photos of his "Crocs" and he's doing his part to avoid answering questions (which, actually, is kind of irritating), but the fact that Favre has somehow managed to INCREASE the level of attention paid to him since the last time he stormed into Lambeau Field to stab Packers fans in the back with a Viking spear is just flat out amazing. Impressive, really, if it wasn't No. 4.

3

James Harrison
All due respect to a guy who's a great defender, but come on, bruh, no one's buying this retirement chatter. You get paid $51 million to play freaking football. If that means that a) you need to realize how lucky you are or b) just take it down a notch and not lead with your helmet on every single play, well, so be it -- there ain't anyone else out there willing to give you this kind of cheddar for this kind of work. 

4

Brandon Meriweather
Hey, Brandon, remember that scene in Good Will Hunting when Robin Williams ends up screaming, "IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT! IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT, WILL!" to Matt Damon? Well, pretend like you're Matt Damon and this is Opposite Day, because THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT! Alright, that might be a stretch, but if you hadn't gone headbutthunting at Todd Heap, there's a good chance we wouldn't have spent all week demanding that the NFL have some responsibility towards big hits. So thanks for nothing.

5

NFL Security
It's hard to define exactly how the NFL's investigation into Brett Favre's alleged sending of racy pictures should really progress. But it's not hard to determine that, because Jenn Sterger is the person who allegedly received pictures of Favre's "stuff" and A.J. Daulerio of Deadspin is the person who published pictures of the alleged "stuff," they should be interviewed. Certainly not before the pictures were released, but certainly before Day 25* of the Favre Croc Shot Watch. (*approximate)

6

Celebration Penalties
It'd be one thing if the NFL had solved the world's problems and completely eliminated the health issues surrounding football and then decided to attack the clear world-killing evils of excessive touchdown celebrations. But the league declared (three years ago) that players would be punished for big hits and instead decided to focus on tagging people for using cell phones in the end zone. To wit: last week, Miles Austin and Roy Williams got tagged for 15 more penalty yards because they used leapfrogs and Texas handsigns than Brandon Meriweather for acting like the Texas mascot on Todd Heap's head.

7

Jack Del Rio/ESPN
Now, this is about as alleged as anything that involves Brett Favre, but -- allegedly -- ESPN network people asked Jeff Fisher and Jack Del Rio to call timeouts during the Titans blowout of the Jaguars on Monday night. That would be swell and all except that a) it's so corporately creepy and b) it allowed Chris Johnson to break a 35-yard TD run that caused tons of fantasy owners to lose their week. HOW DARE YOU THINK THAT MILLIONS IN ADVERTISING MONEY IS WORTH MORE THAN ME WINNING A WEEK OF FAKE FOOTBALL, ESPN?

8

JaMarcus Russell
Even though his interview was a great get for Inside the NFL, it's still disappointing to see a guy like Russell be anything other than 100 percent humble in the face of what amounts to possibly the most disappointing career in NFL history. Not to mention his refusal to play anywhere other than the NFL robbed us all from millions of snarky "UFL weigh-in" jokes.

9

Trade Deadline
Not that anyone got too worked up about the whole deadline business -- after all, only Albert Haynesworth, Vincent Jackson and maybe Willis McGahee were candidates to get dealt -- but there needs to be something in place to make it spicier. The MLB and NBA deadlines are two of the most exciting days in their respective sports and, frankly, look at how much more popular they are than the NBA. But, no, no, seriously, can't we like give picks to people who make crazy trades at the deadline or something? We already had the most insane in-season trading year ever in 2010 and we could've used a little more action, if only to stop talking about Favre's shoes.

10

Vincent Jackson
Good to see you back, buddy! After all, you only totally hosed your teammates, your front office and anyone who drafted you in fantasy football. But, no, no with Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee getting hurt, you're probably not too excited about your bargaining position, right? Ugh. 
Posted on: October 21, 2010 4:26 pm
 

Vincent Jackson will sign Friday

Posted by Andy Benoit

Pro Football Talk reports that Chargers wide receiver will report to the team next Friday. Jackson is ending his holdout so that he can spend three weeks on the roster exempt list and be on the roster by Week 11. He must be on the roster by Week 11 in order to get credit for the 2010 season.

It will be interesting to see what the Chargers do with Jackson once he arrives. The team is hurting somewhat at wide receiver, but they should have starters Legedu Naanee and Malcom Floyd back by the time Jackson is eligible.

Will the Chargers be willing to play Jackson during the stretch run? (Probably -- they'll need him.) Will Jackson want to play and risk injury? (Probably -- it'd be hard for him to dog it in front of his teammates.) Still, this has the potential to be awkward…

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 11:03 am
 

NFL Trade Deadline: 'Skins lower price for Albert

Posted by Will Brinson

The Washington Redskins don't think that they'll be able to find a trading parter open to giving up a hefty price for Albert Haynesworth by the time the trade deadline passes at 4:00 PM EST on Tuesday.

But that's not going to stop them from continuing to shop him, possibly at a discount, according to the NFL Network's Jason La Canfora.

Reportedly, the Redskins want a second round draft pick in exchange for the defensive lineman, but "the price could be dropping" according to La Canfora's sources.

Any drop in price symbolizes two things. First, the Redskins are pretty intent on moving Haynesworth if they can, duh.

And secondly, it's become pretty transparent to everyone else in the league that Washington will get rid of Haynesworth at some point and they're not so desperate to acquire the talented defensive tackle for the remainder of the season that they'll mortgage the future.

Other names of note from the trade deadline and the possibility of them getting moved: 
  • DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Steve Smith of the Panthers aren't going anywhere.
  • Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins are disgruntled RFA guys, but seem unlikely to get moved at this point.
  • Willis McGahee's name is being bandied about for RB-needy teams like the Packers. But if they weren't willing to pay a reasonable market rate for Marshawn Lynch, will they really cough up for McGahee? Plus, Baltimore might not even want to move him.
  • Everyone on the Raiders, you may recall, is available. But they're clearly tainted, so they'll probably stay put.
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Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:11 pm
 

V-Jax, Mankins will report to teams after all

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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Posted on: October 7, 2010 9:51 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2010 10:33 pm
 

Pats, Chargers talking Vincent Jackson deal?

Posted by Will Brinson

Lots of folk, following the departure of Randy Moss to Minnesota, believed that the Patriots should go out and get themselves Vincent Jackson, the far-from-gruntled wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers who's done nothing since the end of last season but draw the ire of Bolts GM A.J. Smith.

Tom Curran of CSNNE reports that talks of such a trade is in the "preliminary" stage right now, but that there are indeed talks.

Since Jackson began his holdout, the standard rumor's been that San Diego wants a second- and third-rounder in exchange for the Pro Bowler, while Curran notes, via Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, that it would increase to a first- and second-rounder to another AFC team.

The Patriots could possibly open up a different sort of trade, by offering also far-from-gruntled guard Logan Mankins for Jackson, which Curran says is "in play."

Clearly the draft picks plus Mankins is too much to give up for the Bolts, but whether or not a straight-up swap would work remains to be seen.

There's the additional problem of Jackson teetering (metaphorically, and depending on the violation, literally) on a longer suspension than he faced this year, if he were to violate the Personal Conduct Policy again.

But both players are in absurdly similar situations, having refused to sign their respective restricted free agent tenders and then managing to anger their respective bosses to the point that it seems unlikely any resolution with their respective current teams will be reached.

And it's a deal that makes sense -- the Chargers could shore up their offensive line and the Pats could replace the loss of Moss with Jackson. But given the other report out there, from Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network, that indicates both players might not become free agents with a new CBA, it's possible San Diego and New England won't want to cave on the leverage they could continue to have through 2011.

Update: Acee now adds that a deal is "highly unlikely" even though the Pats and Chargers apparently have had some discussions about a deal. So, yeah, not as exciting.
Update: Mankins' agent tells Ian Rapoport that the possibility of a swap like the one discussed above is "ludicrous" -- which seems like you could potentially forget everything, but, really, shouldn't that mean it's MORE likely? Discuss.
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Posted on: October 5, 2010 4:35 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 5:16 pm
 

Dwayne Jarrett released by Panthers

Posted by Will Brinson

As speculated earlier today following Dwayne Jarrett's arrest for DUI in Charlotte on Monday night, the Panthers have released the wide receiver, according to multiple reports.

Jarrett's DUI was his second in two years, and there was a chance that he'll face suspension from the NFL for violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy; clearly the Panthers weren't going to wait around and find out.

Jerry Richardson hasn't hesitated to remove troubled personnel before, and he certainly didn't hesitate this time.

Besides, it's not like Jarrett's performance with the Panthers warranted holding onto him any longer.

UPDATE (5:15 p.m. ET): Apparently desperate for underachievers, the Panthers have filled Jarrett’s roster spot with former Jet David Clowney. Clowney offers speed, but as anyone who watched Hard Knocks knows, he’s not exactly consistent. And he’s not a great special teams player.
--Andy Benoit

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