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Vincent Jackson standoff is lose-lose

Discussion in 'American Football' started by DenverBolt67, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. DenverBolt67

    DenverBolt67 BoltTalker

    Jan 24, 2010

    The Vincent Jackson mess in San Diego has me perplexed.

    How can a third alternate to the Pro Bowl be willing to let his one-year, $3.268 million tender slip to $682,000? How can the Chargers box themselves into a corner by reducing his tender, tempting him to miss a good part of the regular season? And now that Jackson has been suspended for three games, how do the Chargers expect to get a Brandon Marshall-like trade value for him?

    If any situation calls for an arbitrator, Jackson and the Chargers should be locked in a room until they reach a solution. This is a standoff in which both sides lose.

    As a talent, Jackson is an unappreciated gem. He's evolved behind Antonio Gates and LaDainian Tomlinson, so he was rarely going to be better than the third option for Philip Rivers. But Jackson and Rivers connect on some of the toughest routes in football. Gates and Jackson probably catch more deep throws against tight coverage than any pass-catchers in football.

    With a career 17.2-yard average and back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, Jackson has put himself in position to ask for the $10 million a year price tag of Marshall or Larry Fitzgerald. But his timing was all wrong. The salary cap is temporarily gone and the six-year free agency requirement robbed Jackson of the chance to secure the big bucks. He was a restricted free agent in a year long-term deals were restricted by teams.

    The other problem is the suspension. Jackson is operating under the notion he will wipe out his three-game suspension by not signing a contract until three weeks into the regular season. Remember, unsigned players can't be fined for holdouts because they aren't under contract. The team believes he would still have to serve three games if he signs three weeks into the regular season. What a mess.

    Teams such as the Seahawks, Redskins and others will monitor Jackson's status, but a trade is unlikely. Rivers needs Jackson and Jackson needs to find a way of not surrendering this season or playing it for pennies on the dollar. Too bad this doesn't qualify for arbitration.
  2. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    This frankly turned into a loss for Jackson when he decided he'd hold out instead of doing what every single other RFA minus Logan Mankins has done - hold out. And then it was a lose-lose when the Chargers stupidly reduced his salary.

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