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Report: Vincent Jackson unlikely to get franchise tag

Chargers wide receiver Jackson dives down after getting past Ravens cornerback Williams, safety Reed for a 54 yard gain during their Sunday Night NFL football game in San Diego Reuters

Now that we know the Chargers will return the same coach and general manager next season, we can move on to discussing the future makeup of their roster.

One of the first decisions they have to make has to do with wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who can be an unrestricted free agent after playing under the franchise tag this season. The Chargers can franchise him again for more than $13 million, sign him to a long-term deal or let him walk. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the first of those options is unlikely since the Chargers don’t want to devote that kind of money to a receiver when they have several other holes to fill.

A long-term deal for Jackson hasn’t been of much interest to the Chargers in the past. His 2010 season was marred by an ugly holdout and injury issues, but there’s little doubt about his value to the team when he’s healthy. Jackson had 60 catches for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns this season, his third year in the last four with at least 1,000 yards and seven scores.

A.J. Smith’s past dealings with free agents haven’t always gone too smoothly and Chargers fans need only look to New Orleans for a reminder of players who have moved on after finding better offers than they got in San Diego. It will be interesting to see if the past hesitancy to make a long-term deal for Jackson foreshadows a difficult negotiation this offseason.

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88 Responses to “Report: Vincent Jackson unlikely to get franchise tag”
  1. jrfrom508 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:02 PM

    come to new england, catch zips from Bom Trady

  2. emmac13 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:02 PM

    Go get him Browns. You need a veteran receiver.

  3. falconsfan1991 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:03 PM

    Pay the man

  4. robigd says: Jan 4, 2012 6:07 PM

    This guy will look great in teal next year.

    Go get em Khan!

  5. gridassassin says: Jan 4, 2012 6:07 PM

    This guy had so many mental gaffes this year it wasn’t funny. I thought they young Adam West looking QB was gonna kill him.

  6. mr4thand1 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:09 PM

    He’d be a nice addition in Pittsburgh, If and when Ward retires, or gets released……….but you know the Steelers won’t sign V-Jax.

  7. ryanf61 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:09 PM

    You thinking what I’m thinking Mike Tannenbaum?

  8. mjk2u says: Jan 4, 2012 6:11 PM

    Vincent…welcome to the Black Hole. You can kick all the Red Challenge flags you want here and no one will bat an eye.

  9. waltdawg says: Jan 4, 2012 6:11 PM

    Go Get Him Skins….You need a second veteran WR to back up Moss Man….!

  10. lilrob10201 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:11 PM

    Rams ???

  11. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 4, 2012 6:11 PM

    AJ Smith is too busy spending all his money on Eric Weddle to keep guys like Sproles and V-Jax?

  12. maurice1108 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:12 PM

    I hope the Vikings Make a Run at him forreal Vincent Jackson and Percy Harvin would compliment each other well. Ponder will be better his 2nd year and with out a good running game because AP will be hurt for a lil bit then he can learn how to win Passing the ball then once AP comes back it will be a plus. Make it happen Vikings.

  13. worstwebsiteever says: Jan 4, 2012 6:14 PM

    The way the Chargers are running this team right now, I feel like I’m watching Major League.

    If they sign someone from the California Penal League, I will be highly suspicious.

  14. rexryansdirtysock says: Jan 4, 2012 6:14 PM

    Come to Allen, Texas!

    This guy will look great next to T.O. in a Wranglers uniform!

  15. damnws6 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:16 PM

    If the Jets don’t re-sign Plax, he’ll probably be a Jet.

  16. cambodianbreastmilk says: Jan 4, 2012 6:16 PM

    Awesome!

    Now the rest of the Charger faithful can watch him have success elsewhere just like Brees, Turner & Sproles are currently doing!

    FML!!!!!!!

  17. ryanf61 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:16 PM

    and draft a qb while your checkbooks open.

  18. KIR says: Jan 4, 2012 6:16 PM

    Does anyone think the Chargers wouldn’t be in the playoffs if Sproles was still on that team? Vincent Jackson will have a 6 year 60 million contract in a week if they don’t tag him. Smith drafts great however he treats his players like crap.

  19. kpow55 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:19 PM

    He could go to NOL like all AJ cast offs if he’s willing to be the 3rd best WR on the team

  20. Keyser Söze says: Jan 4, 2012 6:19 PM

    gridassassin says:
    Jan 4, 2012 6:07 PM
    This guy had so many mental gaffes this year it wasn’t funny. I thought they young Adam West looking QB was gonna kill him.
    ————————————————-

    and yet was still able to catch 60 for over 1100 yards.

    Somebody is gonna pay him.

    Just not AJ.

  21. dafixisin says: Jan 4, 2012 6:19 PM

    How many teams could use a big, legit #1 like VJax (ahem, when his head is in the game)?

    Philly: DJax out, VJax in?

    Denver: he’s from Colorado

    Chicago: to give Cutler a security blanket; BTW now that Martz is gone, this team needs a TE after trading the good one they already had!

    Oakland: this team still has never replaced Tim Brown

    SanFran: since Crabtree hasn’t lived up to expectations, yet

    NYJ: since this is the kinda deal they would do

    Hou: been looking for someone to line up across from Andre forever

    …and on, and on. Which adds up to a nice payday for VJax!

  22. toad8572 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:21 PM

    Let the dysfunction continue now that AJ is still here. Let’s hope that Phil has the same clout with Spanos about the roster as he apparently had with the coaching staff… However, with another season of mediocrity looming ahead, it may not matter.

  23. southpaw2k says: Jan 4, 2012 6:24 PM

    I have an ugly feeling he will end up in New England next season. Kraft doesn’t normally sign big name UFAs, but given the need for a big receiver, he could break out the check book. St. Louis is another possible landing spot given how much money they have to spend.

  24. aircoryell says: Jan 4, 2012 6:33 PM

    Kevin Acee saying it doesn’t exactly make it so. He’s got a long list of failed predictions.

  25. dasmol says: Jan 4, 2012 6:45 PM

    He’s already making a boatload of money. He’ll resign with the bolts. Money, weather and the chance to beat up on the weaker raiduhs, broncs and chiefs. All while catching passes from a top tier QB.

  26. chipper41 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:47 PM

    Kevin Acee is AJ Smith’s personal mouthpiece. All those reports about AJ being a candidate in St. Louis, Oakland Miami etc…all fed to him by AJ to scare Dean into retaining him.

  27. tjacks7 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:48 PM

    the Vikings need to have someone tailing him with a contract to sign up just waiting for the first second of free agency.

  28. norcalmafia says: Jan 4, 2012 6:48 PM

    Welcome to Frisco Vincent…

  29. mrgroovesd says: Jan 4, 2012 6:53 PM

    Once I saw AJ was still the GM, I knew VJ will be in another uniform next year. AJ’s ego is too big back down and sign a guy he said he wouldn’t sign. There goes another player to another team to help them go to the playoffs and even win a ring. If he does, I hope he dedicates the winning of a ring to AJ…just to rub it in AJ’s and Dean’s face.

  30. phillyphever says: Jan 4, 2012 6:55 PM

    For anyone thinking Philly: if we want to have a diva WR, we would have extended D-Jax by now. I’ll pass on him and Steve Johnson. Bowe on the other hand…..

  31. vanmorrissey says: Jan 4, 2012 6:57 PM

    KIR says:
    Jan 4, 2012 6:16 PM
    Does anyone think the Chargers wouldn’t be in the playoffs if Sproles was still on that team? Vincent Jackson will have a 6 year 60 million contract in a week if they don’t tag him. Smith drafts great however he treats his players like crap

    Yeah, me, you got a problem with that? This guy has had 2 DUI’s, got caught playing music too loud in his car and had to hitch a ride to a playoff game. Oh, and by the way in case you can’t read, look up Sproles numbers last year. He basically did nothing and collected the $7million franchise tag they could’nt give anyone else. And, oh by the way, since it’s not your money it’s easy to say, but Smith will treat you right if you show up, perform on a continued basis, and do things the right way. See Rivers, Philip, Mcneil, Marcus, Gates, Antonio, Weddle, Eric, etc. Enough for you? Now go read an ESPN website that has no more details than that on it since all you read is headlines.

  32. drsodrel says: Jan 4, 2012 6:59 PM

    Nice knowing ya Vincent “Don’t spike the Ball” Jackson. Hello Vincent “Don’t call me Jackson” Brown.. Chargers DON’T need to bring VJax back. They have a better, smarter, younger Vincent waiting in the wings. VJB and M80(if the guy can stay healthy) can easily carry the load. This is AJ Smith’s last stand, please don’t pay this guy huuuge money. Spend that money on much more pressing needs!!

  33. Rob Murphy says: Jan 4, 2012 7:00 PM

    What they do with key vets like Hardwick, Jackson and now Gaither will tell how quickly the Chargers’ brass is working the Frontiere Method. I already saw this with the Rams.
    At least the Chargers are likely to stay in SoCal.

  34. cags777 says: Jan 4, 2012 7:01 PM

    The only way the Charges remain dysfunctional is if they place the franchise tag on Vincent Jackson again. I would like to think AJ Smith is smart enough not to do that. But then again, this is Smith we’re talking about here.

    I would love for Jackson to come to Minnesota. He would definitely compliment Christian Ponder, Percy Harvin, and Kyle Rudolph. But I have my doubts and believe he’ll head elsewhere like the Jets or Chicago.

  35. ctiggs says: Jan 4, 2012 7:02 PM

    dafixisin says:
    Jan 4, 2012 6:19 PM
    How many teams could use a big, legit #1 like VJax (ahem, when his head is in the game)?

    Philly: DJax out, VJax in?

    Denver: he’s from Colorado

    Chicago: to give Cutler a security blanket; BTW now that Martz is gone, this team needs a TE after trading the good one they already had!

    Oakland: this team still has never replaced Tim Brown

    SanFran: since Crabtree hasn’t lived up to expectations, yet

    NYJ: since this is the kinda deal they would do

    Hou: been looking for someone to line up across from Andre forever

    …and on, and on. Which adds up to a nice payday for VJax!

    I’m a big Vjax fan and i also happen to be a niner fan. What do you mean Crabtree hasn’t lived up to the hype? Ask any Niner fan and Crabtree has been great for us, clutch and reliable . Yes he started off as a diva, but he has shed that persona and has bought into what Harbaugh is preaching. He is a great blocker, good hands and solid route runner.

    REC YDS TD
    Regular Season 73 880 4
    Career 176 2246 12

    With these stats i would not call him a bust or underachiever by any means with our QB being Alex Smith and him also missing a few games.

  36. nfl4life77 says: Jan 4, 2012 7:06 PM

    I could see him go to the Panthers opposite Smith or be a core player for the Bucs. Freeman to VJax

  37. edukator4 says: Jan 4, 2012 7:06 PM

    the chargers need to find wrs who can play 16 games. sign v jackson and let go of floyd, promote brown and draft or sign a really good over the middle guy to take some pressure off of gates.

  38. rdawg911 says: Jan 4, 2012 7:08 PM

    WHY IS V-JAX ONLY 87 IN MADDEN?

  39. arbiterflick says: Jan 4, 2012 7:10 PM

    I’m TERRIFIED he’ll end up in NE. It’s a perfect fit and makes so much sense.

  40. vanmorrissey says: Jan 4, 2012 7:11 PM

    …….and as an addendum, look up Rivers passing yards last yr vs. this. He had Jackson 2 games last year, 4,710 yards, this year, with Jackson, full year, 4,624. Enough already. Just goes to show you they could get it done with out VJ. Life goes on.

  41. dafixisin says: Jan 4, 2012 7:22 PM

    Whoa there, ctiggs, hold your horses.

    Key word was “yet.” No one called out Crabtree as a bust. He hasn’t lived up to expectations, but a lot of that has been due to some circumstances beyond his control, like starting off his career gimpy, playing for Singletary, catching balls from Alex Smith, also playing for Singletary, etc. etc.

    My expectation for Crabtree is a guy who can have 100+ reception seasons. That may be setting the bar high, but yeah, I saw this guy plenty in college, so that’s why his bar is higher.

    I just knew the “yet” wasn’t gonna be enough. Someone was bound to cross the tripwire. Guess it was you.

  42. lanzurrah says: Jan 4, 2012 7:28 PM

    People are so clueless…Rivers and the offense don’t even struggle without Jackson in there. If some other team wants to pay him Fitzgerald money, let them. Would rather see SD spend that money on impact defensive players….check out Rivers’ splits with Jackson out and in the lineup. He’s not a dominant WR and a complete retard to top it off. Now look when Malcom Floyd is out…Rivers struggle big time, as does the entire offense. Let Jackson walk and get suspended for his next arrest with another team…spend the money on defense.

  43. 7to10for6allday says: Jan 4, 2012 7:34 PM

    If Philly got Vjax, then trade Samuel, get a LB, theyre gonna be tough next season. Come catch bombs from Vick.

  44. saberstud75 says: Jan 4, 2012 7:38 PM

    Da Bears’ new GM’s first FA!

  45. seatownballers says: Jan 4, 2012 7:42 PM

    He’ll go to chicago

  46. cereal blogger says: Jan 4, 2012 7:45 PM

    Nice player, very risky pickup. He’s one off the field mishap away from a suspension & he’s got a bad attitude, sometimes transitioning to a new team doesnt work for even good guys

  47. deltanovembertoronto says: Jan 4, 2012 8:05 PM

    Lions can use another wide out to add to the arsenal. O-line and DB via draft. V-Jax via free agency. Megatron, V-Jax, Young, Burleson, Pettigrew that would just be so unfair!

    Sorry I was day dreaming a little.

  48. pewitttyler says: Jan 4, 2012 8:07 PM

    Hey! The Eagles will be without a diva wide receiver this year! Go Get em Andy!

  49. icanspeel says: Jan 4, 2012 8:07 PM

    Just because they won’t franchise him won’t mean they will let him walk either. I have a feeling AJ may negotiate more now that he is walking on thin ice. Even if they pay him 10 mill a year, it’s less than 13 from franchise and they can potentially pay less now if they back load the contract.

  50. KIR says: Jan 4, 2012 8:09 PM

    @vanmorrissey says: Jan 4, 2012 6:57 PM

    KIR says:
    Jan 4, 2012 6:16 PM
    Does anyone think the Chargers wouldn’t be in the playoffs if Sproles was still on that team? Vincent Jackson will have a 6 year 60 million contract in a week if they don’t tag him. Smith drafts great however he treats his players like crap

    Yeah, me, you got a problem with that? This guy has had 2 DUI’s, got caught playing music too loud in his car and had to hitch a ride to a playoff game. Oh, and by the way in case you can’t read, look up Sproles numbers last year. He basically did nothing and collected the $7million franchise tag they could’nt give anyone else. And, oh by the way, since it’s not your money it’s easy to say, but Smith will treat you right if you show up, perform on a continued basis, and do things the right way. See Rivers, Philip, Mcneil, Marcus, Gates, Antonio, Weddle, Eric, etc. Enough for you? Now go read an ESPN website that has no more details than that on it since all you read is headlines.
    _________________________________

    I think Rivers, Turner and 90% of their fans would agree with me on the Chargers being in the playoffs. Are we talking about the D. Sproles who set an NFL record for combined total yards of 2,669? A productive back who was arguably the best second back in the NFL and one of the best punt returners is not worth what the Saint paid him 4 years 14 million? LOL Based on your logic if he was overpaid by the Tag last year then he was UNderpaid all of the years before that. Chargers owe him some back pay. lol

    Vicent Jackson’s “Music too loud”? You can’t be serious. His last DUI was in 2009 that’s 3 years ago. Ever heard of Jared Allen THREE (3) DUI’s and current NFL sack leader? Vikings signed him to a the six-year, US$72.36 million

  51. sdffa11 says: Jan 4, 2012 8:16 PM

    i would gladly use the money saved from not resigning desean jackson to spend it on a long term deal for vincent jackson. the eagles need a big physical receiver that can stretch the field the way desean does.

  52. nationalmediacansuckit says: Jan 4, 2012 8:20 PM

    All you people sound like desperate salivating wolves ready to ponce on it’s prey. You really think the Chargers will let this guy walk. Stop your hyperventilating and take a breath.

  53. romangabriel says: Jan 4, 2012 8:36 PM

    vanmorrissey says:
    Jan 4, 2012 6:57 PM

    “And, oh by the way, since it’s not your money it’s easy to say, but Smith will treat you right if you show up, perform on a continued basis, and do things the right way. See Rivers, Philip, Mcneil, Marcus, Gates, Antonio, Weddle, Eric, etc.”

    This is totally incorrect. I’m not 100% on the dates. But McNeil was right alongside Jackson holding out season before last. The Chargers had neither for the six games or whatever they had to miss. Also, it was either the year before or two years before that the same thing happened with Gates. They were all set up for a Superbowl run but he had to sit out significant time.

    Smith is willing to be without key players for significant time just to prove to them who’s in charge. With the Chargers it’s about profit, not winning………..

    Oh, and don’t think about coming to LA……..

  54. backinblack67 says: Jan 4, 2012 8:43 PM

    I have a guess…I predict he goes to the team that offers him the most money.

  55. FinFan68 says: Jan 4, 2012 9:08 PM

    Jets are willing to take risks. Jackson has talent but he also has a huge ego, bad attitude if he doesn’t get his way and is about 3 beers away from a lengthy suspension. I doubt he stays in SD and some teams will not want the potential drama.

  56. vanmorrissey says: Jan 4, 2012 9:21 PM

    romangabriel, last year, correct McNeil held out for the same reason, money. Couple weeks after he came back they signed him long term. You are also correct, AJ is a pisser who tries to be the tough guy and lay down the law, to the detriment of the team. Gates has been off and on for like 3-4 years with the foot, toe, ailments so he’s been playing half-speed when he does play, and Floyd has been off and on the field also. Which is why Spanos addressed that in his press conference as to why so many injuries. AJ has to change his tune and become less of a prick, Norv has to change his ways and man up and get rid of the DC and become more of a leader instead of a nebish who sticks his head in the X’s and O’s and nothing else when the head coach should be much more than that. Either they get the point or they’ll get tossed, but Spanos has $10 million left on both of their contracts, he didn’t want to eat that either.

  57. stylinandprofilin says: Jan 4, 2012 9:29 PM

    Don’t forget shanny wanted to trade for him two years ago when be took over in dc. Also rg3 will need a go to receiver.

  58. bspurloc says: Jan 4, 2012 9:44 PM

    .
    cuz to win u need to get rid of your good receivers and play makers like sproles etc

  59. mattolikesthevikes says: Jan 4, 2012 9:47 PM

    Enter Rick spielman!!!

  60. anrgydeafman says: Jan 4, 2012 9:54 PM

    As Mr. Burns would muttered slowly in a low, sinister voice while tenting his fingertips… :

    “Excellent”

  61. snikerbotloot says: Jan 4, 2012 9:56 PM

    Browns? Are you kidding? Who would throw it to him? McCoy does NOT have the arm strength for the NFL.

  62. jbcommonsense says: Jan 4, 2012 10:27 PM

    Love to see V-Jax in burgundy & gold! HTTR!

  63. wyrdawg says: Jan 4, 2012 10:52 PM

    “vanmorrissey says: Jan 4, 2012 6:57 PM

    KIR says:
    Jan 4, 2012 6:16 PM
    Does anyone think the Chargers wouldn’t be in the playoffs if Sproles was still on that team? Vincent Jackson will have a 6 year 60 million contract in a week if they don’t tag him. Smith drafts great however he treats his players like crap

    Yeah, me, you got a problem with that?”

    Yeah. Get off my lawn.

  64. tking63 says: Jan 4, 2012 11:01 PM

    Free at last, Free at last thank you A.J for not getting fired before making me a Free agent…I am Free at last.

  65. gweetarman says: Jan 4, 2012 11:10 PM

    He’s from Colorado. Grew up a bronco fan. Blue and orange are his two favorite colors.

  66. reggiebush25 says: Jan 4, 2012 11:14 PM

    Everybody knows VJAX has lost a step…send him to Miami…

  67. twardyyy says: Jan 4, 2012 11:16 PM

    I can see him going to one of these teams:

    Indy – reportedly, Reggie Wayne is practically gone which gives the Colts a humongous gap at receiver. However, the Colts don’t like signing big nam FA’s so I deem this scenario unlikely. But it would be nice to see Jackson in blue & white with Luck throwing to him

    Houston – Texans need another receiver……bad. Walter and Jacoby Jones are the worst no. 2 receivers in the NFL and it would definitely benefit Amdre Johnson, as it alleviates pressure. Texans would have an explosive offense with Schaub, Foster, Ben Tate, Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels, and Jackson

    NY Jets – Santonio Holmes has worn out his welcome, Plax isnt a no. 2 receiver and there really isn’t a no. 3 receiver either. Jackson would be just what the Jets need on offense to help Sanchez develop

    St. Louis – the Rams are in drastic need of a receiver outside of Brandon Lloyd. Their receiving corps is just plain bad and Jackson would definitely help Sam Bradford

    Jacksonville – their receiving corps is the worst in the NFL by far. Enough said.

  68. rajbais says: Jan 4, 2012 11:24 PM

    Actually, wait until Jackson signs ANY contract!!!

    Why? … Because Kevin Acee has had two straight stories gone incorrect!!!

    It would not surprise me if the Chargers let him go because they’re that confident in playing “Whack-a-Mole” at wide receiver.

    However, if they don’t I will root for the Chargers to stink because to bring back anyone that is bad for business (i.e. A.J. Smith and Norv Turner as two guys that are guaranteed their full salaries no matter what their employment status is) and to let great players go when they deserve their dues makes me lose respect for the ownership a lot more!!!

  69. whodatnhollywood says: Jan 4, 2012 11:28 PM

    Welcome to New Orleans Vincent Jackson! We’ll have a brass band at the airport awaiting your arrival.

    This is likely Devery Henderson’s last season with the Saints, therefore, VJ would be a great addition in the tradition of former Chargers finding a new home in the Super Dome.

    Once upon a time it was the Saints working as the Chargers’s farm team, giving them Chuck Muncie and Wes Chandler back in the day. Thanks for the reciprocity AJ Smith & Dean Spanos by giving us Drew Brees and Darren Sproles at the height of their careers. Geaux Saints!

  70. wiseguy12 says: Jan 4, 2012 11:31 PM

    I agree Jackson would be a good fit in Minnesota allowing the team to focus on the offensive line and secondary early in the draft.

  71. kjarboe says: Jan 5, 2012 12:01 AM

    I hope the jets dont throw big money at vjax..not that he doesn’t deserve it but one diva wide receiver is enough (holmes)

  72. oside760 says: Jan 5, 2012 1:26 AM

    i hate the chargers

  73. tatum064 says: Jan 5, 2012 1:55 AM

    Believe me, he’ll let Vincent Jackson walk, the same way he did Brees, Michael Turner, Kassim Osgood and Darren Sproles.

    “”When it comes to understanding contracts and knowing when to tie guys up and lock up talent, (Chargers GM) A.J. Smith may be the worst in the NFL. He screwed up with Drew Brees and had zero leverage. Is it ironic that when Brees set the NFL passing record, he threw it to (Darren) Sproles? Sproles set the all-time (all-purpose) yardage record this week. How many yards has Michael Turner rushed for in Atlanta? (The Chargers) got in a pissing match over a few thousand dollars with Kassim Osgood last year — and then they lose three games on special teams in the first five weeks. He’s a Pro Bowl special-teamer. You think that didn’t hurt? I don’t know that it is all A.J. — there are financial pressures in the building – but to let so many guys walk out the door for free is awful management. You’ve got to take care of your own.”
    Source; Pro Football Talk

  74. rohlo says: Jan 5, 2012 2:07 AM

    the reason he wont be franchised is because the chargers according to reports in the media and radio say that dean spanos has instructed aj smith to be more active in free agency as well as change up his way he deals with players..(part of the reason dean didnt can him is he gave him these ultimatims) the thing the chargers brass wanted to see is VJ to stay out of trouble for a season and change his ways and mature as a young man..he is getting married and has kind of changed the way he is viewed by front office people. he himself said he wants to remain with the chargers!!

    when dean spanos announced he was keeping aj and norv he also mentioned things need to be handled differently in player peersonnel with negotiations and evaluations!(that was aimed staright at AJ)..

    thing people forget is dean spanos made a decision we all do not like in keeping aj and norv,but he knows he has a stadium vote this upcoming next fall.according to hank bauer former charger and radio announcer on his facebook page.he sat down with dean spanos and said he is gonna go all in this offseason and be active in free agency.he said that he is gonna do what it takes at all costs to get this team back in contention and do everything possible to show san diegans he wants to be here and have a new stadium.. so translation to me is things are gonna be somewhat the opposite of the norm for hte way AJ has had to handle buisness by letting players walk.it was reported dean himself was unhappy seeing ex chargers they let walk for nothing do so well after not retained and that was basically telling aj you need to step up and stop being such pompous ass and keep our homegrown talent to help us win instead of other teams…

    there had been reports last three weeks how spanos was distraught of the players let go for nothing. so basically you can bet dean spanos is gonna be figuring in alot more decisions of player movement this offseason ensuring they can make a strong push in a vote year for the stadium and on the heels of keeping an unpopular coach and gm….i think they will pay VJ the same way they paid rivers,mcneil,weddle!!! they arent gonna let him get away with this being the most important offseason in franchise history with so much on the line with $$$ and a stadium as ell….

  75. tatum064 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:23 AM

    rdawg911 says:
    Jan 4, 2012 7:08 PM
    WHY IS V-JAX ONLY 87 IN MADDEN?

    ==========

    Because this is real-life and not a video game. Try going outside and playing football for a change. “Life 12″ is THE best gaming system on Earth

  76. mashoaf says: Jan 5, 2012 2:24 AM

    The bucs are always willing to drive prices of players up.

  77. cpanthers1 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:09 AM

    Your gonna look good with Cam Newton throwing to ya.

  78. khmer379 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:31 AM

    Can you say Vikingz Jackson! Spielman sign him!

  79. stanklepoot says: Jan 5, 2012 4:52 AM

    As if the Chargers don’t have enough holes to fill? Spanos said he retained Norv and AJ because it would give his team the best odds of having a great season, but how is that supposed to happen? Chargers have problems on the O-line already, and Hardwick is considering retiring apparently. Gates is still suffering from chronic injuries, and you can never tell when he’ll be able to play. Additionally, whether it’s because of the injuries or simply that he let himself go, he’s not exactly in peak form. So, now if they let Jackson go, what offensive weapons will they have? They’ll have Floyd for one more year I believe and who knows what condition Gates will be in, or how many games he’ll play. Mathews is a decent RB, but so far he doesn’t seem like someone who can take a game over. All of those issues, and that’s not even taking into account the defense. Good luck with that. If the Chargers are going to have a chance of making the playoffs next year, they’re going to need to be able to count on their division rivals sucking up the field.

  80. stanklepoot says: Jan 5, 2012 4:59 AM

    cereal blogger says: Jan 4, 2012 7:45 PM

    Nice player, very risky pickup. He’s one off the field mishap away from a suspension & he’s got a bad attitude, sometimes transitioning to a new team doesnt work for even good guys
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    Same thing was said about Jared Allen and that turned out pretty well. Jackson has kept his nose clean the last two years (and no, a stand off with AJ doesn’t count as getting into trouble). It all comes down to a team’s expectations. If they think he’ll do something stupid again as soon as he signs a multi-year deal, then don’t sign him. If they think he’s learned his lesson, then sign him and get a WR who is fast, tall, and capable of making great plays.

  81. stanklepoot says: Jan 5, 2012 5:23 AM

    nationalmediacansuckit says: Jan 4, 2012 8:20 PM

    All you people sound like desperate salivating wolves ready to ponce on it’s prey. You really think the Chargers will let this guy walk. Stop your hyperventilating and take a breath.
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    There’s a reason so many fans are salivating over the prospect of acquiring Jackson. AJ isn’t likely to franchise him at a cost of $13 million, and he’s gone out of his way not to sign Jackson to a multi-year deal. Do you really think that Jackson will suddenly offer a huge hometown discount to the Chargers after all the issues he’s had with AJ? Will AJ suddenly cave and give Jackson what he wants after Jackson stood up to him? Not likely. AJ is the kind of guy who’d rather lose a player than do anything to take away from his reputation. AJ needs to prove to everyone he’s in charge, no matter what. While you don’t want to look like a pushover, taking it too far will cost you the opportunity to sign elite free agents or resign your own players as they become free agents. What player in his right mind will sign with a team knowing that he’s putting his career in the hands of a GM with a history of toying with players’ careers when he can sign elsewhere for just as much money?

  82. stanklepoot says: Jan 5, 2012 5:44 AM

    twardyyy says: Jan 4, 2012 11:16 PM

    I can see him going to one of these teams:

    Indy – reportedly, Reggie Wayne is practically gone which gives the Colts a humongous gap at receiver. However, the Colts don’t like signing big nam FA’s so I deem this scenario unlikely. But it would be nice to see Jackson in blue & white with Luck throwing to him

    Houston – Texans need another receiver……bad. Walter and Jacoby Jones are the worst no. 2 receivers in the NFL and it would definitely benefit Amdre Johnson, as it alleviates pressure. Texans would have an explosive offense with Schaub, Foster, Ben Tate, Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels, and Jackson

    NY Jets – Santonio Holmes has worn out his welcome, Plax isnt a no. 2 receiver and there really isn’t a no. 3 receiver either. Jackson would be just what the Jets need on offense to help Sanchez develop

    St. Louis – the Rams are in drastic need of a receiver outside of Brandon Lloyd. Their receiving corps is just plain bad and Jackson would definitely help Sam Bradford

    Jacksonville – their receiving corps is the worst in the NFL by far. Enough said.
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    Colts: Might not be that big of a long shot. The Polians are gone, and Irsay knows he has a number of holes to fill on the roster. Wayne, Mathis, and Saturday are most likely gone. Jackson would be a great fit here. The real question is what happens with Peyton. If they keep Peyton ($28 million) and draft Luck first overall, will they have the cap room to fill all the holes in their roster, let alone shell out the money or a receiver like Jackson?

    Texans: Honestly don’t know enough about their cap situation or their willingness to take on a 2nd highly paid WR to add anything meaningful to this part of the conversation.

    Jets: Holmes is coming back, if for no other reason because they owe him way too much guaranteed money to cut ties with him. That contract will also serve to kill any realistic trade opportunities given the attitude problems that popped up. That being the case, there is pretty much no chance they bring in Jackson, as they’d have to make some costly moves to match the other salary offers he’ll get and stay under the cap.

    Rams: God knows they need some help at wide receiver. They have plenty of cap space, and will have both a new HC and a new GM who could be looking to make some big moves. To date, Bradford has been playing small ball. Would a receiver like Jackson help fix that problem?

    Jaguars: Yet another team with a horrible receiving corps, and this one has a new owner. Then again, from what I’ve seen of Gabbert so far, investing in the passing game may just be a waste of money. Poor guy seems to focus more on the pass rush than his receivers.

    Some other possibilities:
    Bears: New GM and new OC, and Cutler could certainly use a legitimate #1 WR…and Cutler has plenty of arm strength to make good use of him.

    Patriots: Here’s a scary thought. Gronk, Hernandez, and Welker for the short and medium passing game and Jackson to take the top off of defenses and give Brady a real deep threat. As long as the O-line could keep Brady upright, I don’t see how you would stop that. Probably won’t happen though, as the Pats offense has been playing lights out and their defense needs some work.

  83. jeff33u says: Jan 5, 2012 6:02 AM

    What about the Arizona Cardinals? Nobody mentioned them, but Larry Fitzgerald has clearly been clamoring for a 2nd receiver to take pressure off him since Boldin and Breaston left, with his brother apparently indirectly speaking on his behalf in ripping Doucet! I am a Packer fan, but I would love to see Fitz get some help to open things up. He was a bit of a disappointment in fantasy this year even though he put up strong stats, and I think he’d go off big time if he had some help on the other side of the field! He has far too much talent going to waste, and I’d like to see him get some help – he is every bit as good as Andre Johnson and Calvin Johnson but poor QB play and no other receiving options has really hurt him.

  84. jeff33u says: Jan 5, 2012 6:06 AM

    *poor QB play and no other receiving options HAVE really hurt him – I know that is a minor grammatical error, but it bothers me that I can’t edit a post when I notice it! :)

  85. bears5683 says: Jan 5, 2012 8:27 AM

    Think VJ would be an upgrade from Hester, Williams or Knox. C’mon Bears, go get him if he’s available.

  86. cjepp says: Jan 5, 2012 8:35 AM

    Ill take this Steve over Stevie all day. Make it happen. Go Bills.

  87. cjepp says: Jan 5, 2012 8:36 AM

    Not sure where my brain was there….thought I was being clever only to realize were talking about Vincent. I need some coffee….

    Anyways, Ill still prefer Vincent over Stevie.

  88. truthserum4u says: Jan 6, 2012 6:36 AM

    For what it’s worth:

    He agreed to contract perameters with the Vikings last year when he was allowed to shop himself around. SD wouldn’t do the trade. So you know he’s willing to play for them. Of course, if you get a ton of money I guess you’ll agree to play anywhere.

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