Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego reports that the Chargers are “almost certain” to let Monday’s franchise tag deadline pass without assigning the mechanism to free agent receiver Vincent Jackson.
While there have been mixed signals as to the likelihood of Jackson receiving the tag, including Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith’s recent unwillingness to commit one way or the other, Acee and the Union-Trib have all along been adamant that Jackson won’t be tagged.
Acee spoke to “multiple sources” about the topic last week, and they set the possibility at “1 percent.” Acee insists Jackson receiving the tag would be “shocking to anyone with a firm grasp on all the Chargers have to do.”
Jackson is reportedly willing to accept a hometown discount to finish his career in San Diego, however, so avoiding the tag wouldn’t necessarily mean he’s headed for greener pastures.
Thus, the key date for Jackson’s future is March 13, the beginning of NFL free agency, as opposed to the March 5 deadline for tags to be applied.