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Updating The Vincent Jackson Trade Rumors

September 17, 2010

I realize that I’m putting the cart ahead of the horse on this one, but since Vincent Jackson is getting more page views than Brett Favre these days, I’m going to err on the side of giving my readers what they want.

Yesterday, the NFL ruled that if the San Diego Chargers trade disgruntled wide receiver Vincent Jackson before September 22 at 3:00 p.m., Jackson’s suspension would be reduced to 4 games. That timeline would put Jackson on the field for his new team’s week 5 game. However, if the new team had a week 4 bye — as the Vikings do — the earliest Jackson would see the field would be week 6.

This all seems very complicated, but apparently that’s what happens when you follow two DUI arrests with an offseason holdout.

The reduced suspension makes the prospect of trading Jackson more likely. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune notes that the earliest the Chargers could trade Jackson would be 3:00 p.m. CDT today. It is believed that 3 teams are pursuing Jackson: Minnesota, Washington, and St. Louis. If the Chargers do not trade Jackson by September 22, Jackson will be required to sit out his entire suspension of 6 games.

If you’re interested in the complete details on the settlement between the NFL and NFLPA, the rest of this post is for you. (via Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have resolved the grievance filed by the NFLPA last week on behalf of San Diego Chargers’ restricted free agent Vincent Jackson.

  • Jackson remains suspended for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse for the first three games of the regular season.
  • If Jackson signs a contract with San Diego and is traded by 3 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 22, he will be placed on the Commissioner Exempt list for three games, retroactive to game two of the season. This means that if Jackson is traded by the Sept. 22 deadline, he will be available to play for his new club beginning with the new club’s fifth game.
  • If Jackson is not traded by 3 p.m., on Sept. 22, he will serve the remainder of his three-game suspension and be placed on roster exempt until the day following the third game scheduled after the date he actually reports, regardless of any subsequent trade.
  • As part of the settlement, a moratorium will be in effect from now until 3 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 17.  During the moratorium, any club interested in trading for Jackson must receive advance permission from the Chargers before speaking with Jackson’s representatives about possible contract terms.  Trade compensation must be negotiated directly with the Chargers. San Diego may not trade Jackson until after the moratorium has expired.
  • If Jackson is traded before the Sept. 22 deadline, he will be allowed to report to the new club and, at the discretion of the club, be eligible to participate in those activities permitted by the Substances of Abuse Policy for the remainder of his suspension. After the third game of Jackson’s suspension, he will be permitted to practice with the new club pursuant to the roster exempt rules in the week prior to the new club’s fourth regular-season game, but will be unavailable to play, and cannot be paid, until the fifth game (as stated in the second bullet-point above)

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2010 8:26 am

    the queens should include a personal driver in any contract with mr. jackson and also forbid any contact with jared allen.

    • September 17, 2010 12:09 pm

      I’m sure Chilly has his chauffeur hat on already.


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