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Chargers franchise Vincent Jackson

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The San Diego Chargers and Vincent Jackson appear to be headed toward another contentious offseason.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that San Diego is placing its franchise tag on wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

The mere question of whether there’s any validity to the franchise tag is a subject of contention between the league and the union. The NFL says teams can put the franchise tag on players as usual, as the Jets have with David Harris, the Eagles have with Michael Vick and the Patriots have with Logan Mankins. But the union says there’s no validity to those franchise tags.

Of course, when the owners lock the players out on March 4, there won’t be any free agency anyway.

But whenever free agency starts, the Chargers are looking to restrict Jackson’s movement. Which will undoubtedly make Jackson a very unhappy camper.

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28 Responses to “Chargers franchise Vincent Jackson”
  1. bigdogg34 says: Feb 15, 2011 1:46 PM

    Good idea! franchise a guy who doesn’t want to be there.

  2. skinsnhoyas says: Feb 15, 2011 1:46 PM

    DAMN HOMIE!! SMH

  3. fonetiklee says: Feb 15, 2011 1:46 PM

    Haha the Chargers just love sticking it to this guy. If top-10 money can be considered sticking it to him, anyway…

  4. mvp43 says: Feb 15, 2011 1:52 PM

    Good move by the Chargers. Players always seem to complain about the franchise tag, yet their beloved union approved its use……….go figure.

  5. timbo51 says: Feb 15, 2011 1:57 PM

    At least now when he leaves, we will get a some draft picks. I think he wants to play here, but he also wants a long term deal.

  6. stixzidinia says: Feb 15, 2011 2:11 PM

    Oh man he’s gotta be upset after last year’s fiasco (which was his own fault).

  7. dboom says: Feb 15, 2011 2:14 PM

    Didn’t you post an article recently about how the franchise tag is now useless?

  8. paulnoga says: Feb 15, 2011 2:18 PM

    AJ Smith has made it clear that no one is above what the team deems as necessary for its future. Mnay people do not like his tatics, but one thing no one will ever argue about again: Don’t even try to call AJ Smith’s bluff. You can’t strong-arm him or out-tough him. You will lose.
    LT Marcus McNeil tried to hold out for a while, but gave in. the Chargers THEN gave him the long term contract he wanted, after he was back in camp.
    WR Jackson is 28 years old now and wants is probably only long term contract for millions. I don’t blame him.
    The Chargers would love to get him a reasonable long term contract, if he stays out of legal trouble. Work with AJ and get the deal done.

  9. pkrjones says: Feb 15, 2011 2:19 PM

    This needs to be a “winning” point for the players in the CBA negotiations – that a player can only be tagged once by a team. They’ve had 12 months to work a long-term deal on the guy and they still haven’t – let him go collect his payday instead of jerking him around. Completely bush-league move by SD (again!).

  10. paulnoga says: Feb 15, 2011 2:21 PM

    BTW,
    the Franchise Tag is not useless, not matter what.
    The brotherhood of Owners know that even without a Franchise Tag, anyone that signs another teams “Franchised” player as a free agent, their Roster is open to raiding by all others, one team especially for spite.

  11. orfskins says: Feb 15, 2011 2:35 PM

    This should sit well. I bet he comes to camp fat out of spite.

  12. jc1958cool says: Feb 15, 2011 2:40 PM

    the union should get it in the contract that you can’t franchise a guy two years in a row!!
    if that guy get’s injured where is his long term security! know wonder he held out!!

  13. rooneyruleblues says: Feb 15, 2011 3:00 PM

    Bush league? If the guy plays for the team this year under the tag he gets 11 million. My god people are idiots. If he signed a 50 million dollar deal elsewhere he still would not make 11 million this season. The tag also give them a chance to trage him instead of letting him walk for nothing if thats what they choose.

  14. cereal blogger says: Feb 15, 2011 3:10 PM

    Ha Ha VJax,,,shut up & play ball

  15. dealer009 says: Feb 15, 2011 3:17 PM

    Show up week 10 again and get the hell out of there!

  16. FinFan68 says: Feb 15, 2011 3:34 PM

    that’s hilarious

  17. norcaleagles says: Feb 15, 2011 3:37 PM

    Probably not the greatest idea for the chargers. For one, the guy doesnt want to be there. And 2, who’s going to want to give up two 1st round picks for him?? Looks like Jackson is stuck there for another year.

  18. martinmayhew4president says: Feb 15, 2011 4:01 PM

    This is not bush league, but it’s why there is a rift between players and management. VJAX saw what can happen if you get a franchise tag and get hurt before or during the season. Leon Washington got hurt and lost a lot of money in free agency because of this. Jerry Jones kept Crayton on his roster till the last minute even when he knew he wasn’t going to be on the opening day roster. The TITANS develop young players with small contracts then let them walk because management doesn’t want to pay them their MARKET VALUE.

  19. Keyser Söze says: Feb 15, 2011 4:04 PM

    Awesome….AJ is a genius.

  20. sdb0ltz says: Feb 15, 2011 4:17 PM

    Really dont understand why most of you think he would be pissed about this news.

    Make 300k for 1 like last year, or make close to 10 million for 1 year. Do I really need to do the math for you guys? He’s probably doing backflips right now.

    If a long term deal isnt worked out before the season the Chargers at least get to rent him for 1 year to see if he can stay out of trouble (Thats the biggest risk with this guy) He never said he doesnt want to play here… he just wants to get paid… and in my eyes he deserves to be paid.

    Chargers get more time in evaluating him, he gets 10 million for 1 year (And he WILL show up). The franchise tag also gives him 1 more shot at a “contract” year since he blew his last one by sitting out. That situation was mishandled by AJ AND VJ’s Agents… it wont happen again.

  21. jcdavey2011 says: Feb 15, 2011 4:42 PM

    you people (and i use the term ‘people’ loosely) do know that if you have a malcontent about to hit free agency (whenever the hell that happens again) , the only way to try and get any compensation for him is to tag and trade, don’t you?

  22. paulnoga says: Feb 15, 2011 4:43 PM

    Remember,
    WR Vincent Jackson was an athlete trying to play WR from a tiny college, Northern Colorado. he had great physical tools, but no route running skills to speak of.
    The Chargers took a chance and selected him at the end of the 2nd round.
    For two full years the Chargers were patient and trained him to play WR in the NFL. He only had 30 catches total for the first two years.
    Finally he started to play good in his third year and blossomed in the fourth.
    the chargers then offered him almost four million dollars the fifth year and he was insulted – and sat out.
    Nice appreciation for an organization that spent money training you to get you to this point in your career.

  23. expatpatfan says: Feb 15, 2011 4:59 PM

    I don’t doubt Jackson’s skills, but is it really a good idea to give any player that much money when he’s 1 DUI away from a year long suspension? Without a CBA, he can’t be traded for draft picks. Once again, the Chargers personnel moves leave me scratching my head.

  24. jcdavey2011 says: Feb 16, 2011 12:27 AM

    patfan , if the cba dissolves that means all these franchise tags become null till the next cba is drawn up (if it includes franchise tags)

    your post seems to imply you are unaware of that basic fact

    rolling the dice on a franchise tag, that may not even be around if the current cba gets murdered, is alot less riskier than signing a drunk to a multi year multi million contract…..

  25. illumination666 says: Feb 16, 2011 1:18 AM

    Aww Vincent :(
    Now you’re stuck with a team that will never see another AFC West championship..

    Have fun with the money though!

  26. stanklepoot says: Feb 16, 2011 5:10 AM

    I doubt Jackson will have too much of a problem with this. Sure he wants a multi-year deal, but the real problem he had with the RFA tender is that it kept him in SD on a one year contract that paid him well below the open market value for his level of skill. I think Jackson will be able to get by with a fully guaranteed one year contract that will pay him something like the average of the top 5 WRs in the league. In the end, Jackson will pocket the money and try to have a big year so that another team will give him that multi-year deal he’s looking for after this season is over. If he keeps out of trouble, he’ll probably get it too.

  27. stanklepoot says: Feb 16, 2011 5:27 AM

    paulnoga says: Feb 15, 2011 2:18 PM

    AJ Smith has made it clear that no one is above what the team deems as necessary for its future. Mnay people do not like his tatics, but one thing no one will ever argue about again: Don’t even try to call AJ Smith’s bluff. You can’t strong-arm him or out-tough him. You will lose.
    LT Marcus McNeil tried to hold out for a while, but gave in. the Chargers THEN gave him the long term contract he wanted, after he was back in camp.
    WR Jackson is 28 years old now and wants is probably only long term contract for millions. I don’t blame him.
    The Chargers would love to get him a reasonable long term contract, if he stays out of legal trouble. Work with AJ and get the deal done.
    ______________________________
    It’s not that I don’t like his tactics, it’s that I think they may be self-defeating in the long run. AJ wants to show everyone he’s a tough guy. Great, have fun with that AJ. What happens, however, when it comes time to resign your players or bring in free agents to fill holes in the roster? AJ didn’t simply mess with Jackson’s career, he did it quite publicly. That is something that will likely make other players think twice when it comes to dealing with him. It’s nice to let people know that you’re not to be messed with, but you don’t want to go so far with it that others simply don’t want to get involved in deals with you. Some free agents really don’t have a lot of choice and will sign with whoever offers them a decent contract. The better free agents, however, tend to have a lot of choices and are less likely to want to put their careers in the hands of a guy like AJ. It’s simply not a smart business move. That’s my issue with AJ Smith’s actions.

  28. stanklepoot says: Feb 16, 2011 6:18 AM

    paulnoga says: Feb 15, 2011 4:43 PM

    Remember,
    WR Vincent Jackson was an athlete trying to play WR from a tiny college, Northern Colorado. he had great physical tools, but no route running skills to speak of.
    The Chargers took a chance and selected him at the end of the 2nd round.
    For two full years the Chargers were patient and trained him to play WR in the NFL. He only had 30 catches total for the first two years.
    Finally he started to play good in his third year and blossomed in the fourth.
    the chargers then offered him almost four million dollars the fifth year and he was insulted – and sat out.
    Nice appreciation for an organization that spent money training you to get you to this point in your career.
    ________________________
    I’m sorry, but I just don’t get your argument. If the franchise doesn’t act as if it owes its players anything beyond what they’re contractually obligated to give the player (and not always that if you count the Raiders), then why should the players feel that they owe the organization anything? When a team drafts a player, they know that it’s highly unlikely most will reach their true potential in the first year or two. They draft them and develop them because if it works out, then for the rest of the years in the contract they get a highly skilled player at a sizable discount (with the exception of the highest drafted players). So, it’s a fair trade off. Neither side owes the other anything more than what they already get under this arrangement. Oh, and Jackson was upset that the team refused to even attempt to sign him to an extension, and instead used the temporary rules of the uncapped year to force him to stay for an additional year for a lot less than he would have made in free agency any other year. Even then, Jackson didn’t outright refuse to sign the tender. He simply held out and tried to convince the team to start negotiating a multi-year extension. In response, they cut his tender offer to around $300,000 at the first opportunity. Had they left the initial tender offer as it was, even if he didn’t like it he would have eventually signed it and showed up at the beginning of the year. Once they dropped the tender, however, it actually made more sense for Jackson to sit out, as the damage to his future earning potential that a major injury would cause outweighed the amount of money he’d lose by holding out. Smith backed Jackson into a corner in which it amazingly made more sense to sit out than to play. The only reason he did come back was because the language in the cba could have left him a restricted free agent again, despite the fact that he had enough years in the league to be a UFA. So, why is it again that Jackson was supposed to show the front office any appreciation?

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