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Chargers said "no thanks" to Vincent Jackson trade inquiry

NFL_jackson2.jpgSo with the talk of the Seahawks possibly being interested in Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, would the Chargers move him?

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports via Twitter that, in response to a call from at least one team regarding Jackson, the Chargers said, “No thanks.”

Acee doesn’t mention whether the “no thanks” came in response to a specific offer, or in response to the general possibility of trading Jackson.

If the Chargers are willing to squeeze Jackson by reducing his tender offer and then telling the media that Jackson and left tackle Marcus McNeill have been “lost,” they should be willing to trade either or both of them.

But not in G.M. A.J. Smith’s world.  In his world, common sense and fairness go out the window when it’s time to teach someone a lesson — especially if the lesson is coming not from the Chargers but the league and if it’s intended not for just these two players but all of them.

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  1. digitalbath says: Jun 22, 2010 9:16 PM

    chargers will soon find out,that to get over the hump,get rid of that mindless twit of a GM,oh on side note,great move keeping LT,lettin go turner,sure so know how to pick em

  2. downwithdansnyder says: Jun 22, 2010 9:21 PM

    How about Fat Albert, Santana Moss and Portis for Vincent? We’ll even throw in used to be “fast willy parker”.

  3. raiderrob21 says: Jun 22, 2010 9:27 PM

    Your doing just fine AJ, dont change a thing…
    Sincerely, THE RAIDER NATION!

  4. PFFFFT says: Jun 22, 2010 9:36 PM

    Chargers are playing hardball because they can. They’re cheap. Only reason for it. A more understanding front office would work something out with Jackson and McNeill.

  5. kingmj4891 says: Jun 22, 2010 9:39 PM

    Some team probably offered a 7 rd pick and a old stale bag of pretzels for Vincent Jackson cause thats all that Alcoholic is worth.

  6. manteufs says: Jun 22, 2010 9:51 PM

    AJ Smith has been a great GM for the bolts. Brings in a lot of talent and players who, for the most part, are hard workers and good people. I think his philosophy is more along the lines of; be loyal to the signed legal document he gave you before you were a star player.

  7. dash.rip.rock says: Jun 22, 2010 9:54 PM

    So this may be why you’ll never run an NFL franchise Florio ….. your Perez Hiltonesque blogspew aside: if you cave to the pressure of bloggers, fans and other assorted douches, you just increase the bargaining power of players with no other leverage. I assume you STILL haven’t met A.J. Smith, yet devote webspace to commenting all about him ….. Why don’t you tell us all about other people you don’t know; J-Lo, Justin Bieber, Pablo Picasso ????

  8. stiller43 says: Jun 22, 2010 9:54 PM

    A.J. Smith is a COMPLETE douche.

  9. wock says: Jun 22, 2010 9:55 PM

    Does not compute….
    The rule is, after June 15… tender offers can be reduced if not signed. I mean that’s the rule, is it not?
    I’m sure Smith, Jackson, and McNeil (and their agents) are aware of that, no? If the players prefer to not to sign the tender offer, and instead threaten a 10 week season holdout… how has common sense and fairness been abandoned? Simply because the rule has been enforced?
    Florio, are you on retainer with the Players Union? If not… you should be. They need more guys who can twist reality, by claiming following the rules is a league wide effort to beat down the poor multi-million dollar field hands.

  10. SF Saints Fan says: Jun 22, 2010 9:57 PM

    Florio,
    We know you don’t like the Saints, Steelers, Patriots, Jets, Raiders and Chargers. Who are we missing?

  11. dash.rip.rock says: Jun 22, 2010 10:03 PM

    DigBath …. you think AJ had the authority from the OWNER to ditch LT 3 years ago ? You may have a bit to learn about the NFL business …. even fielding a winning team they have to SELL SEASON TICKETS!!! I personally think AJ would have preferred to keep Turner and trade LT, sensing the oncoming tiptoe burglar act … then I’m sure you would have criticized that too.

  12. stiller43 says: Jun 22, 2010 10:20 PM

    # SF Saints Fan says: June 22, 2010 9:57 PM
    Florio,
    We know you don’t like the Saints, Steelers, Patriots, Jets, Raiders and Chargers. Who are we missing?
    ___________________________________
    Actually, Florio is a Steeler fan. (Says this season ticket holding Steeler fan)
    He has mentioned he has attended multiple ACF Championships the Steelers have hosted, he roots for the Pens in hockey, he lives in WV (many WV’ians root for the Steelers), and he posts as many as stories about them as possible…it’s not all a coincidence.
    Although the whole Steeler posting thing is a mixture of his own love for them AND a known fact that many Steeler fans will be on here commenting on the articles about them…still!
    Anyway, Go Steelers.

  13. BoltsFan says: Jun 22, 2010 10:22 PM

    Florio,
    Why don’t you get one of those Fat Head wall stickers of the NFLPA and plaster your lips to its ass?

  14. rjgreen3 says: Jun 22, 2010 10:25 PM

    chargers 7-9, no playoffs, lets see what sd fans think of the job that a j smartass is doing then. afc west has improved a lot this off season.

  15. Hooby says: Jun 22, 2010 10:44 PM

    if only they kept marty…tomlinson would likely be fighting for payton and sanders numbers, the chargers would have probly won a superbowl by now…
    but they went with reviving air coryell and look where that got them…choke, choke, choke, choke, choke

  16. dash.rip.rock says: Jun 22, 2010 10:45 PM

    Awesome Fat Head comment BoltsFan !!! I’m sure as a lawyer, Florio would advise any client with an asset to just allow others to set the market value for it, and that they should allow employees to set their own salaries. Hear that Rosenthal ?? Time to give yourself a raise!

  17. nflhof says: Jun 22, 2010 10:50 PM

    Common sense and fairness will get you what in the NFL these days? Nothing at all you idiot Florio!! Nothing at all!!!!!

  18. Steve-O says: Jun 22, 2010 11:06 PM

    @stiller43 says:
    June 22, 2010 10:20 PM
    # SF Saints Fan says: June 22, 2010 9:57 PM
    Florio,
    We know you don’t like the Saints, Steelers, Patriots, Jets, Raiders and Chargers. Who are we missing?
    ____________________ _______________
    Actually, Florio is a Steeler fan. (Says this season ticket holding Steeler fan)
    He has mentioned he has attended multiple ACF Championships the Steelers have hosted, he roots for the Pens in hockey, he lives in WV (many WV’ians root for the Steelers), and he posts as many as stories about them as possible…it’s not all a coincidence.
    Although the whole Steeler posting thing is a mixture of his own love for them AND a known fact that many Steeler fans will be on here commenting on the articles about them…still!
    Anyway, Go Steelers.
    ===============================
    sorry dude, but it’s kind of hard to take you seriously when you can’t spell A-F-C

  19. DDevil88 says: Jun 23, 2010 1:05 AM

    @rjgreen3
    LOL HOW??? SD is the only team that will make the damn playoffs in that division.
    Broncos: Cut their best WR and TE. aka their only means of a offense. Then take a Rookie WR and Tim Tebow as a replacement… lmao please!!!
    Raiders: Cambell, and Mclain. They improved personnel wise. Tho as long as al davis is in charge…. season is a failure. With Davis’ puppeteer like behavior, Tom Cable wished he was a real boy. Raiders should make a #2 run for sure in the AFC.
    Chiefs: what the hell did they do other then get a DC, and the best player in the Draft. They will still be fighting the broncos for last place. this is where some of you say “what about thomas jones?” this is where i say…. “what about no o-line?”
    Chargers: still have a All star QB, TE, and KR. Add the veteran talent (without Vj) of Floyd and Naanee. Add the frontrunner for rookie of the year… that offense looks pretty good. Even with out MM and VJ. ( on MM, one good year, and that was his rookie year)
    Defensively, a Good Secondary held down by Jammer and Weddle. A middle of the pack line backing corp, With Shaun Phillips potentially becoming a pro-bowler. Then comes the D-line….
    SD had no O-line or D-line last year. still finnished 13-3. Suck on that AFC west Rivals.
    SD also has one of the easiest schedules next year. Looking at a 10+ win record easily. Even if Rivers was a one man team, he’d get 11 wins for us.

  20. Jagerbolt says: Jun 23, 2010 4:22 AM

    # Hooby says: June 22, 2010 10:44 PM
    if only they kept marty…tomlinson would likely be fighting for payton and sanders numbers, the chargers would have probly won a superbowl by now…
    but they went with reviving air coryell and look where that got them…choke, choke, choke, choke, choke
    __________________
    You mean like how Marty’s team choked in the playoffs against the Jets in ’04? And how Marty’s 14-2 team choked against the Pats in the playoffs in ’06?
    Anyway – bash AJ Smith all you want for being a douche(and I agree, he is) but he is the reason why the Chargers have been competitive these past 6 years.
    Like others posted above me, if he gives into their demands, even just a slight bit, then suddenly other players think they can get away with it as well.
    Antonio Gates tried the same thing and it got him nowhere, now after he’s proven himself he’s 1st in line this year for a new big contact. The same will happen w/ Jackson & McNeil if they stick around.

  21. Steve W. says: Jun 23, 2010 6:24 AM

    # manteufs says: June 22, 2010 9:51 PM
    AJ Smith has been a great GM for the bolts. Brings in a lot of talent and players who, for the most part, are hard workers and good people. I think his philosophy is more along the lines of; be loyal to the signed legal document he gave you before you were a star player.
    ________________________________
    manteufs,
    Please take your homer-befuddled head out of your rear end and read up on a topic before you start posting your ill-informed opinions. Both Jackson and McNeil DID play out their contracts. RFA tenders are new short-term contracts that teams offer to restricted free agents. Being a restricted free agent means that you are not under contract, but you can only sign with the team that you were previously under contract with.
    Neither Jackson nor McNeil created a problem for their team last year, despite the fact that they were going into the last year of their contracts without an extension. In any other year, both players would now be in line to get the big payday they worked so hard for, through either an extension from the Chargers or a free agent contract with another team.
    This year, however, since the OWNERS opted out of the CBA (funny how they had no problem not letting their contract run its course) this year has some profoundly different rules. The one that matters most in this case is that unrestricted free agency has been pushed back from four to six years. So, these players did everything they were supposed to do, and because of a decision made by the owners, they were put in a position where a number of the teams have decided to use these new rules to try and force their players to continue playing for them at a greatly discounted price.
    While it will save them some money now, it’s a bit short sighted if they want to sign a coveted free agent in the future. This is not something players will soon forget, and they’re likely to favor the teams that didn’t try to take advantage of their players this year. If the Chargers want to sign free agents in the future, they could end up paying an “I don’t trust you” premium.
    So, to some up how wrong you are: both players did in fact play out their contracts, and they did so as team players despite the fact that they entered their contract years without the Chargers even attempting to sign them to an extension. Oh, and they both played well enough to make the pro-bowl. In return, A.J. Smith refused to sign them to an extension, and when they held off signing their RFA tenders threatened to drastically cut them. Tell me, why exactly should any player show loyalty to a team that doesn’t even show a little bit of loyalty to some of its best players?

  22. ryan5541 says: Jun 23, 2010 6:53 AM

    I am really tired of you guys complaining about Florio. Why dont you guys go look at a different site if all you guys do is complain? I didn’t know that one web site could have so many girls complaining about and whining about the author of this site.
    If you dont like the article, dont read it and go elsewhere! How simple is that?

  23. 420raiderfan says: Jun 23, 2010 7:17 AM

    stay classy Sandy Eggo

  24. AllThat says: Jun 23, 2010 8:32 AM

    @SteveO- on stiller43
    He has mentioned he has attended multiple ACF Championships the Steelers have hosted, he roots for the Pens in hockey, he lives in WV (many WV’ians root for the Steelers), and he posts as many as stories about them as possible…it’s not all a coincidence.
    Although the whole Steeler posting thing is a mixture of his own love for them AND a known fact that many Steeler fans will be on here commenting on the articles about them…still!
    Anyway, Go Steelers.
    sorry dude, but it’s kind of hard to take you seriously when you can’t spell A-F-C
    ===============================
    Since it is a Steeler fan you can take him seriously. About his spelling and love for Florio.

  25. RatedM1981 says: Jun 23, 2010 9:09 AM

    A.J Smith as a GM has made some real questionable calls. 1 he didnt dumb shawn Merrieman, why I have no idea after his injury. Then you go and draft another LB so now there both coming up on a large payday. 2 you kept 3 running backs and 1 of those you ran into the ground Enough said . Winning brings fans and the Chargers are a bunch of choke artist, hell even when they have a good record they find a way to blow it. Also you bring in Norv Turner who is a good Qb coach and cordinator, but as a headcoach couldnt coach my highschool team. And for those who are happy with winning the AFC west …lol I could field a 53 man bumb squad that could do that . Get some real goals .. Like Ron Burgandy ” stay classy San Diego” lol

  26. Beauregard says: Jun 23, 2010 9:53 AM

    DDevil88 says:
    SD had no O-line or D-line last year. still finnished 13-3. Suck on that AFC west Rivals.
    Hey douche, why do all Bolts fans stop their bragging at the end of the regular season. 13-3 woohoo!
    Then what happened?
    Finished 13-3 had a bye week and home field advantage playing a weak wild card team in the playoffs.
    AND THEY CHOKED! Couldn’t beat the Jets at home after a bye week? Give me a break.
    The very next weekend the Chargers were on the couch watching the playoffs along with the Chiefs, Bronco and Raider fans. So tell me again how this is a special team?
    San Diego is joke. Everyone else gets the joke and is laughing. Bolts fans just run around yelling 13-3! 13-3! 13-3!

  27. RumorHater says: Jun 23, 2010 11:37 AM

    The San Diego Chargers biggest mistake was cutting loose Coach Bobby Ross – they haven’t been the same since.

  28. spliffbunker says: Jun 23, 2010 2:40 PM

    rjgreen3 says:
    June 22, 2010 10:25 PM
    chargers 7-9, no playoffs, lets see what sd fans think of the job that a j smartass is doing then. afc west has improved a lot this off season
    ………………………….
    7-9 might be good enough to win the AFC West this year….

  29. GOVIKES|GOVIKES says: Jun 23, 2010 4:27 PM

    AJ’s rep has to have a cooling effect on free agents willing to go to SD. I know I personally wouldn’t want to work for someone that has a reputation for crucifying people when they get on his bad side.
    Also:
    “Nothing at all you idiot Florio!! Nothing at all!!!!!”
    Stupid sexy Flanders…

  30. Darron says: Jun 23, 2010 5:36 PM

    I don’t see the problem with teaching a lesson. When my one year old kid displays behavior I don’t want repeated, I don’t reward him for it. NFL players are basically like big kids. A.J. should hire the one-armed man to come in.
    If a franchise has a hard and fast rule that they will NEVER trade a disgruntled player and will never reward a hold-out (or failure to sign a tender), then players will be less likely to do it.
    Any failed holdout ultimately hurts the player. Sure, they may get to miss practice, but that missed practice will likely decrease their quality of play the following season (if not, what’s the point of the practice?) So if their play is not as good the season before they do sign their big contract, it will be smaller.

  31. nflhof says: Jun 23, 2010 10:58 PM

    AJ Smith is one hell of a GM and if he was in NYC or somewhere else on the east coast he would be a media god. Say all you want about him but he turned the Chargers into a year after year contender. With Rivers leading the way Super Bowls are the Chargers future.

  32. Steve W. says: Jun 24, 2010 3:47 AM

    Darron, equating a football player to your one year old isn’t exactly the best analogy. For one thing, the Chargers aren’t legally responsible for VJ or McNeil. Secondly, I highly doubt that your one year old is an important part of any success that you might have. Maybe A.J. will make his point, but the response might not be what he hopes for in the long run. If a franchise ends up with a reputation for not being player friendly, it can make it more difficult for the franchise to to bring in new talent or to keep its own once they reach the point that they can become unrestricted free agents. Building through the draft is the best way to build a consistently competitive team, but having to constantly rebuild through the draft tends to leave a team lacking. As for teaching VJ and McNeil a lesson, what lesson is he trying to teach them? That he doesn’t care at all about the players? Both players played out their contracts without throwing any tantrums on or off the field last year, and A.J. took advantage of the uncapped year to save a few bucks for the organization at these players’ expense. When the players balked at the move, he decided to publicly “punish” them. That’s just dumb. Neither one of these players is likely to stick around now after the new cba is signed, and every other player in the league is paying attention to what is going on in San Diego. So, yes, A.J. is making his point. He just might not get the response he wants. Instead of every player in the NFL being afraid of him, he could end up being the reason that every player with options avoids San Diego like the plague. Congratulations A.J., you’re a desk jockey bad ass now.

  33. awestruck says: Jun 25, 2010 1:06 PM

    As a longtime Chargers fan i can only say that A.J. Smith is the bigtgest douche bag i have ever known to be involved with my team. The hiring of Norve Turner was absolutley a mistake and his treatment of players is a disgrace. I seriosly wish this man would leave San Diego and go somewhere else that could use his “expertise”

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