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Vincent Jackson Trade Slipping Away From Vikings

September 22, 2010

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that the San Diego Chargers have rejected the Vikings’ latest trade offer for wide receiver Vincent Jackson. According to Cole, the Vikings offered a second-round pick and a conditional pick in 2011. The conditional pick would hinge upon whether or not the Vikings were able to sign Jackson to a long-term deal after the 2010 season. In the short term, the Vikings were prepared to offer Jackson a one-year deal worth approximately $6 million, but the Chargers rebuffed the offer because they are seeking a second-round and a third-round draft pick in compensation for their discontent wideout.

Chargers general manager A.J. Smith has taken a hard stance with his players before, and it appears that he is determined to have his way with Vincent Jackson as well. If the Chargers choose not to trade Jackson, and Jackson signs with another team as a free agent after this season, the league will provide the Chargers with a compensatory pick in the draft. That pick can be as high as a third-round selection based on Jackson’s future contract and on-field performance, but Vincent Jackson’s agent has other ideas. Again from Jason Cole:

The Chargers may ultimately get little or nothing for Jackson if he, his agents and the team that eventually signs him has their way. The indication from two sources is that Jackson may structure a long-term contract with another team that includes very little money in the first year, a key component for how compensatory draft picks are determined.

The deadline for trading Jackson is 3:00 CDT Wednesday. If Jackson is not moved by the deadline, he will be forced to serve his full 6-game suspension, making any trade unlikely. Who knows what may transpire in the 11th hour today, but as of right now, it looks like the only receiver the Vikings will be acquiring today is Hank Baskett.

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