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Running out of time

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  1. Johnny Lightning

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    Running out of time


    By Kevin Acee , UNION-TRIBUNE
    Monday, August 30, 2010 at 8:02 a.m.


    Saturday won't be too late for the Chargers and Vincent Jackson to both get what they want. But it will be close.
    Jackson is not going to play for the Chargers again. That is almost certain.
    The Chargers need to let the guy go.
    Of course, despite protestations to the contrary , until recently it was Jackson and his agents who were holding the Pro Bowl receiver hostage with their high contract demand. Maybe it will ultimately be A.J. Smith who keeps Jackson in bondage, but we won't know until the Jackson camp becomes reasonable.
    Expect the asking price to come down, perhaps way down, from $50 million over five years.
    The thinking by some is that Jackson will ask for fewer years along with less money -- meaning he gets some decent security but also gets to unrestricted free agency sooner.
    Speaking of soon ...
    If Jackson is not signed by 3 p.m. Saturday, his Roster Exempt status means he will be out for six games. That won't preclude a trade, because the trading deadline is the Tuesday after the sixth game. But his limited availability for 2010 will take down the compensation both Jackson and the Chargers could expect.
    People close to Jackson have long indicated, despite rhetoric he was only interested in a multi-year deal -- that he would play for a one-season contract that paid him in line with the top 10 receivers in the NFL. Maybe he'll take that deal from another team, though that would likely bring down even further the price the Chargers could fetch in trade, because Jackson's new team wouldn't be assured of having him more than this season.
    And, as we all know, Smith will not be compelled to make a trade he doesn't feel is best for the Chargers.
     
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    Vincent Jackson, agents demand retraction from San Diego Union-Tribune

    Posted by Mike Florio on August 30, 2010 7:04 PM ET


    The contract dispute between the Chargers and receiver Vincent Jackson has expanded. Now immersed in the morass is the San Diego Union-Tribune and its online portal, SignOnSanDiego.com.

    The publications have received a letter demanding a retraction of a recent report alleging that Jackson is receiving monetary support from his agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, during his holdout. The letter was sent by attorney Howard Weitzman of Kinsella, Weitzman, Iser, Kump, & Aldisert in Santa Monica. Weitzman is an experienced and very high-powered Hollywood lawyer, whose clients have included John DeLorean, Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, Morgan Freeman, Magic Johnson, O. J. Simpson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ivan Reitman, and Sean Combs.

    "League and sources in the agent community have confirmed that his ability to forego a salary is due to the financial backing of Schwartz and Feinsod, with the understanding the agents will be paid back after Jackson receives the mega contract they are seeking," Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune reported on August 24.

    Weitzman explained to PFT by phone that the article "inferred Vincent was not capable of managing his finances and that Neil and Jonathan are giving him financial backing so that he won't negotiate and sign with the Chargers."

    Weitzman also called the assertion "false."

    As to Jackson, Weitzman said, "He has managed his finances well. This could cause some G.M.'s down the road to look at him differently."

    As to Schwartz and Feinsod, Weitzman explained that the alleged falsehood "infers that these agents have told him, 'Forget about it, we'll back you. You don't have to worry about making money. We'll get you more down the road.'"

    Though the agents already represent Jackson and thus aren't prohibited by NFLPA regulations from giving or loaning money to Jackson, the report also potentially creates, in our view, a sense that Schwartz and Feinsod fall into the Nick Saban "pimp" club, paying anyone and everyone now if it means making more money later.

    Weitzman has demanded only a retraction, and he has requested a response with a specific time frame. If the retraction is not made, legal action possibly will be pursued.

    In our assessment, the letter from Weitzman could be aimed at addressing the perception (accurate or otherwise) that the Union-Tribune has sided with the Chargers as to the Jackson holdout. Then again, threatening to sue the publication may not be the best way to get the Union-Tribune to see Jackson's side of the broader story.
     

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