Posted by CoronaDoug- Redskins coach Mike Shanahan on the subject of pursuing Vincent Jackson: "We'll always be trying to upgrade our football team, if that presented itself. We have people evaluating different people on teams all the time." "While new Redskins GM Bruce Allen and Chargers GM A.J. Smith are said to be close, the Redskins have not as yet been included among the teams granted permission to discussion a long-term contract." Vikings And Redskins Said To Be Pursuing Trade For Vincent Jackson - SBNation.com All I can deduce is that AJ Smith is fearful that if a high-revenue team like Washington is allowed to compete against the Rams, Vikings or Seahawks for Jackson's services, that will be the only team Neil Schwartz will even bother discussing trade with. As I've said before, I think Neil Schwartz already knows full well what sort of parameters he can expect to be negotiating with Washington. Thing is, Minnesota is leary to offer much in the way of compensation, due to their short-term circumstance. This artificial, knee-jerk demand has yet to yield what some thought it would. I believe it's Washington that is most interested in Vincent Jackson long-term. Now, while we could place the burden onto Smith, it's not like we're reading that Washington has asked for permission and been denied, so... the between-the-lines is difficult to perceive.