Three And Out: April 15, 2010

Brandon Marshall is dealt to the Miami Dolphins where he signs a big contract, putting pressure on the Chargers and Vincent Jackson. Nathan Vasher is excited about playing for Ron Rivera again, saying he'll bring playmaking ability to the Chargers' secondary. And a behind-the-scenes look at the Chargers draft war room.


When Marshall was traded to the Miami Dolphins he quickly signed a new deal which essentially pays him an average of $10 million per year. That deal makes him the highest paid wide receiver in league history. Off the field issues aside, one could argue that Brandon Marshall is worth the money based simply on his talent, production, and relative youth.

Vincent Jackson has emerged as an elite receiver in his own right. In fact, we have Jackson ranked as the fourth best receiver in all of football, just one slot below Marshall. Both players are down-field threats, tough across the middle, powerful with the ball in their hands, and demonstrate a real passion for the game. However, both players have had their fair share of issues arise of the football field.

Even after considering Brandon Marshall's off-field issues, the Dolphins still felt comfortable to sign him to a huge deal. Should the Chargers take that same route? The San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee argues yes, contending that waiting any longer presents the danger of Jackson out-pricing himself to San Diego. That is essentially what we have been saying for about a year now, and we haven't wavered in our stance.

What do you think? Should the Chargers sit back and let the season play out before putting serious effort into locking up Vincent Jackson? Is the threat of another DUI and subsequent suspensions make Jackson too risky to commit that many dollars to? Sound off in the comments section below and give us your take.


Cornerback Nathan Vasher is very appreciative and excited about his new opportunity here in San Diego. After starting off with a bang in Chicago, Vasher struggled with injuries and never quite got back on track. A fresh start with the Chargers just might be exactly what he needs to regain his Pro Bowl form.

“Being able to come out and make plays on the ball and get more turnovers is what I can add to the secondary. I know that Coach Rivera thrives on pressuring the quarterback and because of that the defensive backs and all the guys in the secondary will have a chance to make plays on the ball to give it back to Philip (Rivers) and those guys on offense. If we can get three and outs and play with a lot of enthusiasm and go out there and have fun and play like kids then that’s when we’ll be at our best.”



Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee goes behind the scenes and shows us around the Chargers' draft war room:

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Anonymous said... Apr 15, 2010, 1:11:00 PM

We gotta sign VJ! It makes ZERO sense to take PR's number one target away from him when both players are in their prime. If the Chargers want to win a Super Bowl they'll need an elite WR to play in this offense

Vic said... Apr 15, 2010, 2:53:00 PM

Sorry, there's no way I would pay Vincent Jackson that type of money. He's one DUI from suspension...too much of a risk, no matter how talented he may be. He's made the same mistake twice, who can say with any confidence the incident wont happen again???

Los said... Apr 15, 2010, 3:10:00 PM

I think VJ needs to be signed but if it takes them an entire season I wouldn't be surprised. Brandon Marshall has had much bigger problems with coaching staff, immaturity, being arrested for a DUI, disorderly conduct, domestic violence and even battery. Not to mention the numerous amount of times the police had to go to his house. If the dolphins could look past all that the chargers should be able to look over 2 DUIs. VJ is far from being as big a nuissance as Marshall was for denver but his production doesn't scream for a Marshall sized contract either.

The Chargers will sign him, no doubt, but with the CBA agreement still up in the air and the chargers still cautious about his off-field issues waiting seems like a good option for the chargers. I think the only way they sign him soon is if someone makes an offer.

Supra99 said... Apr 15, 2010, 4:59:00 PM

I'm really looking forward to seeing what Vasher brings to the table. If he can come up with 4-5 INTs next season, that'd be fantastic. I'd like to see him play the nickel back and get opportunities on the ball. Cromartie's breakout year was when he played as the 3rd corner...

isaac said... Apr 15, 2010, 10:52:00 PM

I really think they have to Resign VJ and with the money they will owe to McNeil and Gates new contract that leaves Sproles, Merriman and Malcolm Floyd the opportunity the chance to leave without compensation and only Sproles. Can be traded this year (he's the onlyone to sign his tender).

Anonymous said... Apr 16, 2010, 5:29:00 PM

Floyd and Jackson should have been signed to long term deal before we got Chris Chambers.

Lighting 72

Neoplatonist Bolthead said... Apr 17, 2010, 11:53:00 AM

VJ isn't our top priority, but he should either be re-signed at some point or traded on draft day for two firsts (over two years) or the equivalent, nothing in between. Either would be fine. Or they could leave him on if they trade Merriman, because he's worth a franchise tag.

Anonymous said... Apr 17, 2010, 2:52:00 PM

just because the dolphins throw around money like there is no tomorrow??

give VJ a good deal, something in the area of the average of the top10 receivers and good.

Anonymous said... Apr 17, 2010, 10:31:00 PM

Chargers need to sign V.J., M. McNiel and stop messing around. Trade Lights Out for a good takle or safty, sign sproles, get cody and garhart, best or Tate and lets go win a superbowl already!!!!!!!!!! Last year in San Diego we got every position already set and where running around trying to fiqure things out like where the Browns. We got 11 wins without tomlinson, williams or cromartie's help

Whiskeypete said... Apr 18, 2010, 2:40:00 PM

they need to get off their *** and sign VJ, but not for $10M. that's a ridiculous amount for a WR imo. for that amount a WR should score everytime he touches the ball. the heat of Miami i think has fried the big tuna's brain.

at the same time SD needs to get this addressed asap. they abandoned the run and changed the offensive philosophy. they have a pro bowl caliber QB and need to insure he has the necessary down field threats and protection around him.....but not for $10M

Ryan said... Apr 20, 2010, 11:18:00 AM

"VJ isn't our top priority, but he should either be re-signed at some point or traded on draft day for two firsts (over two years) or the equivalent, nothing in between. Either would be fine. Or they could leave him on if they trade Merriman, because he's worth a franchise tag."

I have to agree with the first part entirely. Passing team or not, VJ still isn't the #1 receiver on this team. It's still Gates, who has been a model citizen, and who is the primary reason if we want to be a truly dangerous passing team that we need to re-establish the run... to sell play-action and free safeties off of AG. I'd say priority for re-signing among the 2010 and 2011 free agents right now is Gates, McNiell, Jackson, Weddle (he's an AJ "pet" so he may be a spot higher to be honest), Merriman, Floyd, Siler, Dobbins, Clary, Sproles, Burnett, Cooper... with guys like Travis Johnson still big question marks because we don't have a proper sample size of where they fit into the defense.

Kevin Acee wants to speculate that Merriman could be traded, and while it wouldn't surprise me I doubt AJ's going to sell low on him which is what he'd be doing with a draft day trade, because Shawne hasn't had the opportunity to show what he can do on the field with a knee that's been given a chance to fully heal (people saying he "inexplicably wasn't the same on the field" really out to do some medical research as it takes 16-18 months for the repaired ligaments along with all the tendons and muscle tissue surrounding it to recuperate and re-strengthen and that's WITH rehab). I get why we're not extending him. The benchmark has been set - Ware's deal and to a lesser extent Dansby's deal - and if Shawne comes out of the gates this season like the Lights Out of old, I wouldn't be surprised to see him get that extension (the teams just making sure they don't paint themselves in a corner with a Deion Branch type deal: i.e. combination of contract size and inability to stay healthy would make the guy untradeable and murder to release if a salary cap is restored under a new CBA.

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