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.