Vincent Jackson dominated last Thursday night’s game against the 49ers, catching five passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns. It comes at an unsurprising time, then, that the Chargers have grown increasingly interested in retaining their contract-year receiver into the 2011 season.
According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Bolts are considering placing the franchise tag on Jackson this offseason. Acee reports that there is “almost no chance” of Jackson receiving the long-term contract he desires, at least from San Diego. The team is reportedly still wary of Jackson’s history of DUIs, and the hefty financial risk that would accompany a commitment to a player at risk of lengthy suspension should he again violate the league’s conduct policy.
Acee’s report contains plenty of caution, though. There’s no guarantee that a franchise tag will be available without a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and no one knows what a franchise tag would look like if there is one.
Another risk of franchise tagging Jackson would be the possibility that he refuses to accept the one-year tender. Jackson and his representatives showed in 2010 that they are not afraid to prolong a holdout deep into a season.