San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is in Hawaii this week getting ready for his second Pro Bowl. He's been with the team since being selected in the second round of the 2005 draft out of Northern Colorado and would like to remain there for the long-term.
The word is that Chargers GM A.J. Smith is open to exploring that kind of deal, the site notes, and Jackson is happy to hear it. "There hasn't been any communication as far as contracts go," Jackson said, NFL.com reports. "If that's their feeling, that's great. I would like to stay in San Diego. Obviously, that's my home, that's where I was drafted. I've got some good guys around me — Philip Rivers, [Antonio] Gates, Ryan Mathews. It would be a great place for me to stay, so we'll see if that works out."
He also told the site that he'd like to avoid having the franchise tag put on him again: "I'd love to have a long-term deal, just to have security of where you're going to be for a while," he told NFL.com. "That's a decision that they have to make."
Last season, Jackson had 1,106 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.