Chargers unsigned restricted free agent Vincent Jackson has not been the subject of offseason trade rumors. A trade, however, could be one way for the two sides to avoid a wholly unfavorable situation with both getting something in return.
NFL Network’s Total Access program broached the topic Monday night. Reporter Jason La Canfora had the following to say:
“If the Chargers came to a point where they were trying to trade Vincent Jackson,” said La Canfora, “I would expect the Seahawks to be quite active in trying to acquire him.”
As noted by La Canfora, the Seahawks were heavily involved in bidding for former Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall prior to the draft. Seattle’s interest in Marshall not only indicates that the team might be willing to part with the compensation necessary to acquire a top-shelf young player, it shows that Pete Carroll’s team has identified wide receiver as a weakness.
In order to acquire Jackson, the Seahawks would likely need to fork over something similar to what the Fins paid for Marshall — two second-round picks. Seattle would presumably also want to extend Jackson’s contract long term, as he is under control only through the 2010 season. The Seahawks would then likely release aging receiver Deion Branch, who is undeserving of his current $5.47 million salary.
We should make it clear that La Canfora’s story does not cite sources, and is hardly a concrete report. It’s speculation, but informed and reasonable. If the Chargers do put Jackson on the trade block — which would entail notoriously stubborn G.M. A.J. Smith “giving in” to some degree — Seahawks G.M. John Schneider should be among the first people Smith calls.