First we heard the Chargers just wanted a second-round pick for Chargers wideout Vincent Jackson.
Then we heard from the San Diego Union-Tribune that the second-round pricetag was actually floated by the Seattle Seahawks as a test balloon.
Now we’ve got an answer in the middle that sounds just right. Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports reports that Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith has asked for a second-round pick in 2011 and a third-round pick in 2012 in exchange for Jackson.
Combine those draft picks and Jackson’s disputed asking price on a new contract, and you can understand why there hasn’t been a trade.
Silver thinks the Vikings should take the plunge by offering a conditional third-round pick and signing Jackson to a one-year deal. We agree with the logic, but it sounds like Minnesota already balked at Jackson’s contract demands before acquiring Greg Camarillo.
Jackson has two days left until his trade value goes down and he’s likely forced to miss six games this season instead of three. We’ll wait and see if the soft September 4 deadline inspires any action, because it’s been surprisingly quiet on the Jackson front this week.