After the debacle that was the Bolts opening week loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, plenty of fans are worried that team management’s stubborn stance on wide receiver Vincent Jackson will ultimately cost the Bolts a chance at a championship. Apparently the Bolts aren’t nearly as concerned internally as the public perception would let on as there are new reports surfacing that a frontrunner has emerged in the potential bidding war for Jackon’s services.
With a similarly concerning loss in their week one contest, the Sidney Rice-less Minnesota Vikings are reportedly interested in trading for the much maligned V Jack from the Bolts. According to John Czarnecki of FOX Sports, Minnesota is ready to offer a high draft pick for Jackson in the near future. Czarnecki also believes that the St. Louis Rams could enter the conversation post-haste concerning a potential acquisition of Jackson. Still the Vikings have to remain the top candidate for pursuing Jackson from the Bolts as many believe Rice’s injury is more serious than has been led on and their other main receiving threat in Percy Harvin continues to struggle with chronic migraine issues. The championship window for the Vikes is this year or bust with Brett Favre and they desperately need to find a pass catcher to achieve that goal. Their Head Coach Brad Childress certainly didn’t do anything to dowse the firestorm of rumors currently swirling around his team on Friday afternoon saying: "He's really not a guy I'm able to speak about for the fact that he's their property. I wouldn't get into any speculation on anybody on anybody else's roster."
Bolts General Manager A.J. Smith has been steadfastly clinging to his demands of a 2011 second round pick and a 2012 third rounder for Jackson, but with no talks being had by the two sides throughout this entire ordeal, it seems that the Chargers would be inclined to compromise a bit. Given the news that the league will allow Jackson to play in week five should he be traded by Wednesday, a number of teams are likely to throw their hats in the ring of negotiating with the Bolts. Jackson is still suspended for the opening three games of the season for his violation of the personal conduct policy with his two DUI offenses in the last two years, but the roster exempt tag that the Chargers stuck him with will be reduced to only one game if he changes teams. This development greatly increases the likelihood of a deal getting done.
A number of drops by the Bolts current complement of wideouts in the season opener certainly makes the idea of shipping V Jack elsewhere a difficult one to come to grips with, but considering the conditions in that Kansas City game, judging the receivers by their performances in those elements is unfair. Malcom Floyd clearly had difficulties hanging onto the ball, Legedu Naanee had a few balls slip through his hands as well, but their quarterback Philip Rivers was struggling to even deliver the ball on target at times. Patrick Crayton has yet to be fully assimilated into the Bolts offense as well so it would be over reactionary to say that the team cannot survive with Jackson in the fold. It seems that Smith has been resigned to this fate since V Jack began his holdout and he made this bed so he will have to sleep in it.
What do the fans think, if the price is right should the Bolts deal Jackson in this five day window or should they hang onto him in hopes of a better trade in the future? Which team makes the most sense for the Chargers to deal with when shopping their All-Pro wideout? Is the current group of wide receivers capable of taking this team to its desired goal, or will A.J. Smith make a deadline deal to add to the Bolts arsenal this year? Is a second round pick in 2011 and a third rounder in 2012 too steep of a price for Jackson, or should A.J. just cut his losses and move on with the best offer the team gets? Give your take below in the comments section!