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Chargers' Jackson could face decision to sit out entire season

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    NFL Network
    7-13-2010

    Many have assumed that San Diego Chargers unsigned wide receiver Vincent Jackson would wait until Week 10 until signing his contract tender, in order to play the minimum games required to secure an accrued season, and thus move closer to his departure from the team via unrestricted free agency.

    However, that may not be the case. Should the Chargers opt to follow all avenues allowed to them under the CBA, Jackson might have to make a decision on whether to sit out the entire season by Week 7.

    First, a note on his three-game suspension. It will be considered served after Week 3, regardless of whether Jackson has signed his tender. As an unsigned free agent, the suspension does not toll, or roll over (if Jackson were a signed player holding out, then the suspension would toll).

    So, his status as a suspended player will not impact any decision about if or when to sign a tender with the Chargers. However, there are other factors in play. According to the league office, "the CBA may impose additional restrictions depending on the date that the player ultimately signs and reports to his club."

    In Jackson's case, those "additional restrictions" could loom large, as the Chargers could still place him on a "roster exempt" list for three games after he signs under certain circumstances, keeping him without pay and without earning any service time toward an accrued season in that span. A player must be on a team's active, inactive, IR or PUP list for at least six regular-season games to earn an accrued season toward free agency, which is why many surmised Jackson would sign his $583,000 tender in Week 10.

    According to the Roster Exemption rules in the CBA, if Jackson does not report to the Chargers by at least the day before their fourth preseason game, then, whenever he does sign, he could still be placed on the roster exempt list for an additional three games -- without pay. The Chargers, who have lowered his tender already and are locked in a bitter feud with the Pro Bowl receiver, would have to notify Jackson and the NFL Players Union of their intent to place him on roster exempt at least five days prior to the team's second preseason game.

    So, if Jackson waited until the 10th week to sign, and then was placed on roster exempt, he would not have the required six regular-season games to earn an accrued season. He would have to sign be Week 7 to be certain in that case.

    Jackson has five accrued season to this point and, if this was not an uncapped year, he would already be an unrestricted free agent. At this point no one knows how many accrued seasons it will require to earn unrestricted free agency under the next CBA, or even when that CBA would be finalized.

    If Jackson plays the minimum six games, he would earn $205,675 -- a small figure in a span of time in which one could incur a serious injury impacting his future earning power. However, if he sits out a season and unrestricted free agency comes at any point more than five season, then the Chargers could potentially still hold his rights.

    The Chargers play their second preseason game on Aug. 21, so by August 16 at the latest Jackson would know if his team intends to place him on roster exempt when he does sign. Regardless, this situation is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon.


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  2. Buck Melanoma

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    Blah blah blah blah blah .... if Jackson & his agent can't see the folly in their moves so far, do you really think that either of them will fully understand, or bother to understand, the minutiae of his situation?
     
  3. AnteaterCharger

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    agreed, he wants to hold out, willing to risk his reputation and the like on the belief in this situation he deserves more cash. This doesn't matter to him
     
  4. Johnny Lightning

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  5. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    What it means is he could be forced to come back by week 7, or face the same exact situation all over again next year rather than entering unrestricted free agency. So it should definitly matter to him.

    This could get really complicated if AJ wants to push it.
     
  6. vmax

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    I don't agree with this part, it seems the suspension pretty much guarantees he will not sign before week 3. If he were to come to an agreement with the Chargers and report for camp he goes through camp then sits out 3 games without pay anyway(about 20% of whatever agreed upon salary). It now makes more sense for him to not sign until after week 3 which gives him 3 games to potentially prove his point of how much the team needs him and drive up his bargaining power. Of course this could also prove the opposite point, but I am sure he does not believe that will be the case.
     
  7. Harley

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    so his leverage is four games, bahahahaha...
    AJ has him and his agent by what we like to call, the balls.
    i guess he could throw some games if he wanted to, oh but wait he's trying to get paid by another team so ummm yeah, Vinnie why do you go ahead and fire your agent now for runn'in you down a path that cost you 3 mil.
    or get into AJ's office and pray he let's sign the other tender.
    bahahahaha....baaaa.....bahahahaha.
    betcha he's drink'in now.
     
  8. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    I can't wait until Malcom Floyd has a break out season and makes us forget about this douchenozzle.
     
  9. LV Bolt Fan

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    If that happens............I'm buying your beer! :icon_rofl:
     
  10. SDBoltzFan

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    I love VJ as a player for the most part, but this crap is getting old. I wish we could trade the guy, but I am not sure what his value is now.
     

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