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Time to pay VJ

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Kevin Acee
    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    It's time for Dean Spanos to write a check payable to Vincent Jackson -- and for a lot more than $3.268 million.
    It is with reluctance that I spend Spanos' money. I like to think I generally understand the economics of the NFL and the Chargers better than most, and I'm usually the one preaching patience and that there is a plan.
    Plus, there was a time it was rare with A.J. Smith as general manager that we had to wait for the Chargers' young stars to be locked up.
    But we're talking about two years since someone besides Philip Rivers was extended. Not since the yet-to-be-fully-evaluated multi-year deals given Luis Castillo and Jyles Tucker in the summer of '08 has a Chargers player gotten a long-term contract extension.
    Oh, there is still time to sign Jackson.
    As long as he eventually signs his restricted free agent tender (the aforementioned $3.268 million) he will be Chargers property through the 2010 season. They can always use the franchise tender on him after that. And, heck, who knows what is going to happen with league's labor situation and when it's going to happen.
    But why wait? It's time to start negotiations and get this done.
    Brandon Marshall, a restrictd free agent upon whom the Denver Broncos had placed a first-round tender, was traded today to the Miami Dolphins. It was immediately learned that Marshall and the Dolphins had agreed on a four-year, $47.5 million extension with $24 million guaranteed. That makes him, by most accounting, the highest-paid receiver in the game.
    If there was any question what Vincent Jackson was worth before today (and there really wasn't), there is no longer. To borrow a Smith-ism, it is what it is.
    Marshall is a heck of a talent. He has at least 101 catches the past three seasons. Only New England's Wes Welker, a different kind of receiver in a different offense, can say that as well. Marshall also was suspended by the NFL in 2008 after being arrested three times in a year, once on a charge of domestic violence. He was also both suspended early and benched late by Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels last season, essentially, for insubordination.
    Marshall came into the league one year after Jackson, and on a team that didn't have Antonio Gates and LaDainian Tomlinson, Marshall emerged faster than Jackson.
    However, in comparing their past two season -- while Jackson played in the same offense as Gates -- Jackson has the same number of touchdowns (16) as Marshall and averages better than six more yards per catch. Jackson's 17.8 yards per catch is actually best in the league among players with more than 83 receptions from 2008-09.
    Yes, Jackson has two DUI arrests. That was bad judgment. Really bad. He will be suspended at least one game in 2010. But in the eyes of NFL teams, a DUI is not akin to domestic violence.
    Smith might be keeping an eye on Jackson's drinking and decision making, but he loves the kid's work ethic and production. Norv Turner loves that Jackson never takes a play off. Philip Rivers loves that Jackson catches almost everything thrown near him.
    And this is what Turner said recently about Jackson: "He has room to get better. He will keep getting better. He works at it. It's important to him."
    It's not entirely up to the Chargers. If Jackson wants a deal done now, he would have to take less than Marshall. He hasn't accomplished what Marshall has. But not much less.
    I have a feeling Jackson is not Kris Dielman, who in 2008 flirted with leaving for Seattle before signing for less to remain in San Diego. I'm told Jackson really wants to remain a Charger. But once he hits the market, the Chargers' chances of keeping him decrease exponentially. If he has another season like his past two, some other team will give him a deal that bests the one Marshall has.
    The Chargers still have leverage right now. They have Jackson's rights and have the fact that he has just two seasons 1,000-yard seasons to Marshall's three.
    Jackson's agent also represent Roddy White, who last summer signed a six-year, $50 million deal that, depending on how you look make hims the third- or fourth-highest-paid receiver. White, too, has string together three straight 1,000-yard seasons.
    Larry Fitzgerald (four years, $40 million) is the receiver Marshall supplanted as the highest-paid. Fitzgerald has 465 catches for 6,287 yards over the past five seasons and is now underpaid.
    The Chargers should not wait for another stellar season by Jackson. That is unnecessarily dangerous.
  2. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    Are you kidding me Acee is saying something sensical?

    We deffinatly need to get VJ on his longterm deal this year as he is deffinatly at his lowest value and has been a bargain player from the start. Also after his 3rd consecutive 1k season his price will deffinatly be in the White/Marshall range.

    Funny jus b/c its a system with Gates it makes it ezier?? for VJ to play well and command the ball be thrown his way? I dont get it, if a guy gets 1k yds AND that is on a team with THE best active TE, how does that not speak volumes for his skill?? Being on a team with a 1k TE i think would be a little bit more tricky to break into the pass distribuition, which VJ did after comming in somewhat raw route runner.

    Speakin of Gates would love to see him get his new deal before hes on his last year...
  3. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    VJ is one of the top five receivers in the league. The Bolts need to pay him like it
  4. Alpenbolt

    Alpenbolt BoltTalker

    Sep 9, 2006
    Its sunny San Diego. Pay him top 10 money and get on with it.

    I beat the man up his first couple years when he caught everything on his chest but once he got those hands reaching out for the ball he turned into a monster. Great work ethic, seems pretty humble, maybe drinks too much. Sign the man.
  5. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    No time should be wasted doing this.

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