With fewer than nine hours to go before the window of opportunity for trading Vincent Jackson and having him miss only four games with his new team closes, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Chargers and the Vikings are at an impasse.
The Chargers reportedly want a second-round pick and a third-round pick for Jackson. The Vikings have offered a second-round pick plus a conditional pick based on whether they can parlay a one-year deal with the player into a long-term deal.
Per Cole, the Chargers base their demands on the fact that the Broncos got two second-round picks for receiver Brandon Marshall. But, as Cole points out, the Dolphins also signed Marshall to a multi-year deal at the time the trade went down.
The Vikings reportedly have a one-year, $6 million deal in place with Jackson. There’s reportedly another team in the mix, which is willing to sign Jackson to a long-term deal.
Cole also explains that Jackson has a potential weapon to employ against the Chargers’ apparent fallback plan of squatting on Jackson’s rights all year, letting him leave as an unrestricted free agent, and collecting a third-round compensatory draft pick in 2012. If Jackson’s free-agent deal in 2011 is structured with low first-year compensation, the Chargers would face the reality of collecting a lower compensatory pick.
On the surface, that’s the ultimate hollow threat. But maybe Jackson will be sufficiently miffed at the Chargers for squatting on his rights to take meaningful action once he finally has escaped their clutches.
Meanwhile, some may think that the best strategy for the Vikings would be to sign Jackson to a long-term deal and fork over the picks the Chargers want. With plenty of players in the final year of their own contracts, however, that could create a line of guys who suddenly are more interested in when they’ll get theirs than whether they’ll do whatever they have to do to turn around a season that quickly is on the brink of disaster.
Though we’re inclined to think that the two sides are close enough to work something out by 4:00 p.m. ET, Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith could very well decide to dig in his heels.
After all, it becomes much harder for the Chargers to look foolish for failing to re-sign Jackson if Jackson isn’t catching a bunch of passes from Brett Favre and helping the Vikings get back to the playoffs. Before Smith would put himself in that position, he’d have to get what he wants in return for Jackson’s services.