Three And Out: February 15, 2010

Vincent Jackson is drawing serious interest from teams around the league, another disgruntled linebacker expresses his desire to come to San Diego, and just how limited are the Chargers in free agency this offseason?


Word out of Miami is that the Dolphins are very interested in Vincent Jackson, but they expect San Diego wont let him go easily. The Chargers would likely match any offer, or they would expect a bundle of draft picks in compensation of letting the talented Pro Bowl receiver go.



Karlos Dansby is looking to get out of Arizona, and San Diego is one place where he would like to call home. In an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio, Dansby listed the Chargers along with the Dolphins, Giants, and Redskins, as teams who he'd like to play for. Unhappy with the way his team has treated him (franchise tagged two years in a row), Dansby isn't the only disgruntled linebacker who wants to play for the Bolts.

SOURCE: ProfootballTalk via ESPN


During this uncapped season special rules have been enacted which limit the Chargers ability to sign free agents, as a result of San Diego being one of the final eight teams in the 2009 NFL postseason. But while it was generally understood that the Chargers would only be allowed to sign one unrestricted free agent this offseason, turns out that rule could also apply to trades as well. ProfootballTalk breaks it down:

For the final four teams (Saints, Colts, Vikings, Jets), no unrestricted free agents may be signed from other teams until one of their current unrestricted free agents is lost to another team. Complicating matters is that the value of the first year of the replacement free agent's contract must be no more than the first-year salary paid to the player who was lost, with annual growth of no more than 30 percent.

For the next four teams (Cardinals, Cowboys, Ravens, Chargers), one unrestricted free agent may be signed at a base salary of $5.5 million or more, and an unlimited amount of others at a first-year salary of $3.7 million with a 30-percent limit on growth.

It had been assumed by many that these teams nevertheless could trade for an unlimited amount of players.

Under Section 7 of Article XXI of the CBA, they can't.

Here's the key language: "No Club subject to the provisions of this Article may, for one League Year, trade for a player it otherwise would not be permitted to sign as an Unrestricted Free Agent as a result of the provisions of this Article."


February 15, 2010

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Anonymous said... Feb 15, 2010, 3:23:00 PM

The Final Eight rule has really no affect on the Chargers as we do not go after high priced free agents. It will be interesting to see if any teams go after Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, Marcus McNeill or Shawne Merriman assuming we use a 1st round or 1st and 3rd round tender on them. Equally interesting will which tender we chose on each.

With so many starting players hitting Free Agency in one way or the other, it should be a very interesting off season for the Chargers.

Anonymous said... Feb 15, 2010, 7:47:00 PM

Letting Vincent Jackson go would be the worst move this team could possibly make. Because letting Philip Rivers' favorite downfield target is a good thing right? The Chargers are somehow a better team without VJ, correct? I can't believe people would even suggest the Chargers would let VJ go, simply idiotic!

Rocco said... Feb 16, 2010, 1:01:00 PM

I think its cool and all that Karlos Dansby wants to play for the Bolts but the dude is a middle linebacker and we already have starters there, plus we have Brandon Siler who is a player on the rise. Can Dansby play outside in a 3-4 or is he strictly an inside backer?

fred byers said... Feb 16, 2010, 1:16:00 PM

letting VJ go is crazy

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