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.
DOES BRANDON MARSHALL'S DEAL IN MIAMI SET THE STAGE FOR VINCENT JACKSON?
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.
NATHAN VASHER SAYS HE BRINGS PLAYMAKING ABILITY TO THE CHARGERS DEFENSE
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.”
INSIDE THE CHARGERS 'WAR ROOM'
Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee goes behind the scenes and shows us around the Chargers' draft war room:
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