What Should The Chargers Do With Vincent Jackson?


The Chargers are facing a difficult challenge as they prepare to play the 2010 regular season without their star receiver Vincent Jackson. Jackson is unhappy with his contract and has decided to sit out a majority of the 2010 season unless re-signed to a long term deal. However, the Chargers don't appear likely to offer him the money he wants. With the two sides at an impasse, where should the team go from here?

JACKSON THE TEAM'S BEST RECEIVER IN DECADES

I can't speak on Lance Alworth as he played well before my time, but I do know that Vincent Jackson is far better than any receiver I can remember seeing here in San Diego; certainly better than David Boston and Curtis Conway, the only two receiver who even come close.

Vincent Jackson came to San Diego unrefined but brimming with potential; the Chargers drafted Jackson knowing that he could become something great, as long as both sides remained dedicated to his development. Hard-working and coachable, Vincent Jackson steadily improved and has now emerged to be the #1 wideout many hoped he would become and moreover, a top 5 receiver in this league right now. Wide receiver is a position that generally takes a few years to learn, and if the Chargers move on without Jackson, the team will be lucky to draft and develop somebody who, four to five years from now, can emerge as Jackson has.

LEGAL TROUBLES MAKE VJ AN EXPENSIVE RISK

As has been well-documented, Jackson has had a couple of unfortunate run-ins with the law, being arrested for DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol) twice. With General Manager AJ Smith's zero-tolerance policy, he seems to have considered Jackson too big of a risk to offer a significant contract to. While Jackson hasn't been a guy who is violent and ill-tempered off the field, he has made some questionable choices when it comes to drinking and driving. And already down two strikes on the count, a conservative team like the Chargers won't be willing to roll the dice in this situation.

Jackson and his agent will be expecting Brandon Marshall-type money, somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 million dollars a year. With Antonio Gates and Marcus McNeill bigger priorities for the Bolts, there doesn't seem to be enough money left for VJ, unfortunately.

TRADE JACKSON OR RETAIN HIS RIGHTS FOR THE YEAR?

The Chargers have the rights to Vincent Jackson due to an expired collective bargaining agreement. With these rights come a couple of options: the Chargers could hang on to Vincent Jackson, allow him to sit out for the majority of the year, hope he comes back for a possible playoff run, and then franchise tag him in 2011.

Or they could answer the phone calls of teams like the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks and trade him. AJ Smith is notorious for getting big returns on his players in trades, so if a team is willing to play, the Chargers could be getting some significant draft picks in return for Jackson. Vincent Jackson is currently in Arizona working out with Redskins QB Donovan McNabb; a possible prelude to a dynamic pairing?

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YOUR TAKE

If you were the Chargers' General Manager, how would you approach this situation? Leave a comment below with your advice for Vincent and the Chargers front office!

June 30, 2010

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25 comments:

Rob Zepeda said... Jul 1, 2010, 9:56:00 AM

Confirmed: Vincent Jackson to be suspended 3 games in 2010

Anonymous said... Jul 1, 2010, 10:06:00 AM

Trade VJ to the Redskins for AHansworth... VJ will be replace not alot of guys have the the chance to so what they can do. There is alot of great widouts on this team. SO with that said get that big AHansworth to help with the pass russ or just get to the QB. Chargers will do fin with out VJ but whare they need help is on defence.

Anonymous said... Jul 1, 2010, 10:17:00 AM

FOR THE COMMENT ABOVE! One of the reason why we can't sign VJ for a longer contract is because of the price he is asking. AH is the highest paid lineman in the league, so why would we trade VJ for AH. That is like taking over someone's big loan. That is the worst comment I heard all year long. Do your research first before blogging nonsense. You are worst than AJ when making decision.

Anonymous said... Jul 1, 2010, 11:00:00 AM

> ...Vincent Jackson is far better than any receiver I can remember seeing here in San Diego; certainly better than David Boston and Curtis Conway, the only two receiver who even come close.

Wow, did you ever hear of John Jefferson, Charlie Joiner, Wes Chandler, Tony Martin or even Keenan McCardell?

Anonymous said... Jul 1, 2010, 11:00:00 AM

I say trade him to washington for some draft picks and santana moss..!!! sure hes no VJ but he will add experience and depth at wideout.. and moss is a excelent route runner

Anonymous said... Jul 1, 2010, 11:20:00 AM

Guys! Let’s be careful here. The Chargers like big receivers. Moss is not a great fit. Yes he is good, but won't fit. VJ will stay this year for two reasons; one, the Chargers is asking too much for a trade. Two, he is still in a contract. So if he decides to sit out for the rest of the season, it's his lost because we won't pay him. Somehow, somewhere, the front office needs to get their head out of their ass and start negotiating so we can move on. If we don't want to sign VJ and the blindside, then trade them. This type of publicity is bad for Chargers.

Anonymous said... Jul 1, 2010, 11:20:00 AM

Guys! Let’s be careful here. The Chargers like big receivers. Moss is not a great fit. Yes he is good, but won't fit. VJ will stay this year for two reasons; one, the Chargers is asking too much for a trade. Two, he is still in a contract. So if he decides to sit out for the rest of the season, it's his lost because we won't pay him. Somehow, somewhere, the front office needs to get their head out of their ass and start negotiating so we can move on. If we don't want to sign VJ and the blindside, then trade them. This type of publicity is bad for Chargers.

Anonymous said... Jul 1, 2010, 11:28:00 AM

Guys! Let’s be careful here. The Chargers like big receivers. Moss is not a great fit. Yes he is good, but won't fit. VJ will stay this year for two reasons; one, the Chargers is asking too much for a trade. Two, he is still in a contract. So if he decides to sit out for the rest of the season, it's his lost because we won't pay him. Somehow, somewhere, the front office needs to get their head out of their ass and start negotiating so we can move on. If we don't want to sign VJ and the blindside, then trade them. This type of publicity is bad for Chargers.

Rob Zepeda said... Jul 1, 2010, 1:40:00 PM

@Anon above, I wasn't born yet when most of those guys you listed were playing :)

Anonymous said... Jul 1, 2010, 2:06:00 PM

Man T.O is starting to look better and better for the chargers..!!

Mark said... Jul 1, 2010, 3:44:00 PM

Chargers should have never dumped Chambers. He is still good and was servicable even though he is older. I bet AJ regrets that move!

I would even go as far to say that Chambers is BETTER than VJ. It's just that Rivers seemed to "click" more with VJ. I remember Chambers made some clutch catches to save us in many memorable games- most notably in a game against the Titans a couple of years ago.

Mark said... Jul 1, 2010, 3:59:00 PM

I got a trade- a good one that would help both teams. V-Jax to Kansas City for Dwayne Bowe! ANy maybe throw in Chris Chambers in that trade.
Bowe would be reunited with Buster Davis and bring some mojo. Bowe is also a big receiver.

Bowe has gone out of favor in KC for ratting out his teammates in regards to how they would invite a bunch of hookers to the hotels they were staying when they were on the road.

DO IT AJ!!

Anonymous said... Jul 2, 2010, 9:54:00 AM

> I wasn't born yet when most of those guys you listed were playing :)

With Don Coryell's passing, it's timely to revisit the #1 Receiving corps in NFL history (according to nfl.com):

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-presents/09000d5d8114b417/Top-Ten-Receiving-Corps-Air-Coryell

BTW, if VJ wants to see his future, all he has to do is look at John Jefferson, who did nothing after he left the Chargers.

Anonymous said... Jul 2, 2010, 12:46:00 PM

I totally agree with the commish.3 game suspension is more than suitible for V.J. What really bugs me is that there are some Charger fans supporting Jackson because of what kind of athelet he is. Shame on you supporters. If we for a minute think we can give a Jackson a big contract and all will be well, we are just kidding ourselves. The more money he gets the more problems. V.J. needs to grow up and be a law abiding citizen. Next DUI will result in prison time. depending on if the next bonehead move he makes kills someone. I am a true Chargers fan but I stand behind our G.M. We complain so much but more than that if we do give V.J. a long term contract and he makes more mistakes, we will be saying "why did we give that loser a big contract".

isaac said... Jul 4, 2010, 1:06:00 AM

Personally If VJ doesnt want to be here than I definitely trade him.

Redskins get: VJ

Chargers get: (Safety) Laron Laundry+ 2011 3rd pk(that would make 3 3rounders for our 2011 draft)

Anonymous said... Jul 4, 2010, 2:43:00 PM

Issac has the best idea yet. That would be a great trade if VJ does not want to be in SD

T_BOLT_42 said... Jul 4, 2010, 5:08:00 PM

"Vincent Jackson is far better than any receiver I can remember seeing here in San Diego; certainly better than David Boston and Curtis Conway, the only two receiver who even come close."

uhhh... ANTHONY MILLER??
Charger from 1988-1993
Career 595 rec 9,148 yds 63 tds

Anonymous said... Jul 4, 2010, 5:35:00 PM

David Boston sucked. Conway was good. Jackson has a good chemistry with Rivers, it would be a shame to see him go,

Anonymous said... Jul 4, 2010, 9:37:00 PM

We're forgetting that there's two ends to a Reception. Philip Rivers is one of the best Quarterbacks in the NFL. Sure, Jackson became his favorite target, and that gave them both outstanding numbers!

But, if Rivers doesn't have VJ in the lineup this fall, dontcha think he'll find some other guys to catch the ball?

T-Bolt_42 noted John Jefferson was an amazing reciever, when it was Fouts-to-Jefferson, but the he fizzled when he moved on. But Fouts, even without JJ, still racked up huge numbers.

So, if Jackson isn't around, don't assume the Charger's offense will be shut down...

Anonymous said... Jul 5, 2010, 2:57:00 AM

first i was really angry how the whole situation developed. but if you look at VJs legal troubles, i dont think anybody would give him a 5-7 year deal worth over 70m right now.

he is well worth something in the area of 5-7m per year, but not more with all that problems. sorry to say it, but it was not his first mistake and he might sit out half a season or even more after his next mistake.


and afterall, i want to see ajirotutu (sp?) and buster showing what they can do with more playing time. M80 is a pretty legit no1 receiver imo and gates clears the middle. they might shift more towards runningbacks in the passing game, but offensively, they will be fine.



feihlination

Anonymous said... Jul 5, 2010, 5:09:00 PM

It would be nice to see VJ stay. They should offer him a 4-5 year deal (after he serves his suspension) averaging 7mil a year and make sure if he has legal issues he gets nothing! If he doesn't like it then trade him! The Chargers are bringing in a lot of WR's this year for a reason. Hopefully we will find someone who can fill a #2 or 3 WR position this year and work towards #1 if something happens to MF. Either way I think we will be OK.

Mark said... Jul 5, 2010, 10:48:00 PM

Don Coryell- Rest in Peace, Coach!!

Roger Goodell- if you had any balls you would start campaigning and convincing the voters to put Coach Coryell in the Hall of Fame -even though it would be done posthumously.

Coryell (a protoge of Sid Gilman) revolutionized the NFL with the wide open passing attack that eventually gave birth to the "west coast offense." Notable coaches that he influenced are John Madden, Joe Gibbs, Ernie Zampese. Why this great man is not in the Hall is perplexing?? Most of the dimwits in the hall can't hold a candle to Coryell- OJ???!! Michael Irvin????!!!!

Rob- we need a nice article honoring Coach Coryell. It is the least we can do. Please help write it.

We're gonna win it all this year- for Coach Coryell!!

GO CHARGERS!!

Anonymous said... Jul 6, 2010, 4:46:00 AM

wow, some of you charger fans are delirious. John Jefferson, Charlie Joiner, Wes Chandler, Tony Martin or even Keenan McCardell. First off, let's leave Keenan off the list. He had much better days in JAX. And really some of you charger fans act like you've had some great QB/WR combinations to look back on. You have a chance to have 2 very young, very good players grow together and develop into one of those duo's that you see on NFL Network Top 10 lists... When you needed a TD, who did rivers throw it to? Look, i know he's asking a lot, I know he needs to grow up, but the ownership, coaching, and even you fans have all but abandoned him. Maybe I'm not there to read every article and keep up w/what he says, but I can't believe that a franchise so lacking of a QB/WR combo for so many years would easily throw this opportunity away. As an owner, I'd pay the man what he's due. He's held up his end of the bargain on the field, pay what you owe. Don't disrespect the guy when he gets his work done. Hire some life coach for him, get some positive influences around him like a veteran WR who can show him how it's done off the field as well. (i.e. torry holt) Find a creative money man to work out a lower deal, but can boost salary with incentives that focus on his "off field" performance as well. There's really gotta be a way to work this out. I'm just shocked how you guys think you can just get anyone out there to step in and produce when your list of great receivers isn't really that great. btw...fouts isn't even top 10 all time.

I really can't believe some of you even consider backing your GM after he chased out Marty...

Anonymous said... Jul 6, 2010, 10:15:00 AM

Is Vincent Jackson that important to the team success? He has passed 1000 yards the last 2 seasons...but the Chargers were still winning before he put up those numbers. They won last year when he disappeared a few games in the middle of the season. Vincent Jackson is good, but not a game changer like Larry Fitzgerald, Randy Moss or Andre Johnson. He's not even Brandon Marshall who put up big numbers with Kyle Freakin Orton. Vincent Jackson has a QB who throws the best deep ball in the league and a All-Pro TE to draw double coverage. He is not worth the money, especially with all the legal troubles.

arnie said... Jul 7, 2010, 8:14:00 PM

Marshal: 101 receptions, 1,120 yrds, 10 TD
Fitzgerald: 97 receptions, 1,092 yrds, 13 TD
Johnson: 101 receptions, 1,569 yrds, 9 TD
Moss: 83 receptions, 1,264 yrds, 13 TD
VJ: 68 receptions, 1,167 yrds, 9 TD

Numbers may not tell the whole story, but they don't lie either. VJ is just as good as four of the highest paid WR in the league. besides VJ has put these number up on a team loaded with Gates, Floyd, LT, Sproles, Buster, Tolbert, Brandon, Legadu, all great hands. while the other teams these guys are the only, "ONLY" playmakers. VJ got 30-60 less balls thrown to him and still managed to perform as well as the "elite" WR, all the while getting paid, much, much less.

also nobody's perfect. time to pay him.

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