In five days, a hearing will be held in New York to determine whether Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson will miss six games or three games if is traded during his three-game suspension for violation of the substance-abuse policy. The NFL believes he should; the NFLPA believes he shouldn’t.
Either way, word is spreading that the Vikings are the team that hopes to swing a deal for Jackson, if the ultimate absence is only three games.
Last Saturday, an unnamed franchise worked out a one-year deal with Jackson’s agents, who then could not work out a trade with the Chargers. That team has not been identified. On Friday, our pal Henry Lake of KFAN in Minneapolis said via Twitter that the Vikings are making a play for Jackson. Though all concerned persons and entities are keeping quiet on this one, we’ve done some digging and we believe that Lake is right — and that the Vikings are the team that nearly traded for Jackson last week.
Based on the Vikings’ performance on offense against the Saints on Thursday night, the Vikings surely could use him.