For the past couple of seasons, Vincent Jackson(notes) has finally given the San Diego Chargers a reliable Pro Bowl-caliber player at the wide receiver position. It's something that the Chargers haven't had since ... Tony Martin? Anthony Miller? And apparently, the Chargers aren't enjoying the experience.
Word from Kevin Acee at the San Diego Union-Tribune is that the Chargers are listening to trade offers for Jackson. The short version of the story is that Jackson wants a big-money, long-term deal, the Chargers aren't willing to give it to him, so Jackson doesn't want to play for the Chargers anymore.
The Chargers seem OK with that. From Acee:
No one is predicting he will be shipped off soon, and it does not appear other teams have been officially notified the Pro Bowl receiver is on the trading block. But several sources confirmed the Chargers talked with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month and have made it known Jackson will remain available.
The Seahawks maintain interest, as do “several other teams,” according to one source. Among those teams, sources said, are the Washington Redskins. It is not known whether the Redskins have spoken to the Chargers regarding Jackson.
Really, any NFL team would be doing itself a disservice to not at least inquire about the asking price on Jackson. He's 27-years-old, 6-foot-5, and a proven game-changer. He caught nine touchdown passes last year, and averaged 17.2 yards per reception — second in the league among all receivers with 40 or more receptions. He blocks, too.
What the Chargers would look like without Jackson, it's hard to say. Antonio Gates(notes) is still a receiving threat, of course, but with Gates and Jackson in the lineup, opponents had to find a way to deal with two 6-foot-5 players who can beat you with speed or size. It was a particularly nasty combination in the red zone.
We'll see what happens. As Acee noted, no move appears imminent, but there probably won't be a shortage of suitors.
The Chargers sure have a funny way of trying to win a Super Bowl.