The Chargers and Patriots have discussed a deal for Vincent Jackson, but multiple reports indicate that a deal is unlikely. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune says including Logan Mankins in a possible swap is even more unlikely, because the Chargers don’t need help at guard.
That doesn’t mean both players will sit out the season. In New England, there’s been a general sense that Mankins could eventually come to work. After all, he was reportedly close to a big contract extension at one point. His problems with the Patriots almost seem more personal than financial at this stage.
Vincent Jackson appears more steadfast in his holdout, but Jason La Canfora makes this case on NFL.com that there is a “strong probability” both players will show up by Week Ten.
“If they sit out the entire season, there is still a very, very strong
chance they end up right back where they are — restricted free agents,”
one CBA “expert” told La Canfora.
There are clauses in the current CBA that is reportedly worrying the union when it comes to Jackson and Mankins. They may not want to risk winding up in the same position next year.
It’s hard to predict what language will be in the next CBA, and whether it would allow Jackson and Mankins to be free agents in 2011. We’re in uncharted territory.
“Even if we tried to challenge that language through a grievance or a
settlement, there’s no guarantee we would win,” a union source told NFL.com.
“There is no way to guarantee in any instance they would get the
language they want.”
Thus far, the action on the field isn’t helping Jackson and Mankins’ leverage. Philip Rivers is on pace to break Dan Marino’s single season passing record. The Patriots have scored the most points in the league.