If you didn’t know, the San Diego Chargers put Vincent Jackson on the Roster Exempt List on purpose. It was not the mistake some would have you believe it is.
I am amazed by how many of the sports gossip columnists are writing absolute junk about how the San Diego Chargers need to expeditiously trade Jackson now that his so called team suspension has been reduced from three games to one game if Jackson is traded to another team by Wednesday.
I don’t want to rule out that a team will offer a deal to Chargers general manager AJ Smith’s liking by Wednesday, but there is no urgency on San Diego’s part to make that deal happen. In other words, it better be good.
Let me try my hands at an analogy. I was recently trying to reduce the amount of stuff in my garage, so I put a lot of the items on Craigslist. I repeatedly received the question, “what’s the least you will take for this item.”
I wasn’t desperate to sell, so the answer was either:
a) What did I list it for? ….moron (you know me), or
b) Nah buddy, you make me a deal and if it’s to my liking then I’ll accept it. If not, I’ll see you later.
I was not a highly motivated seller and neither are the Chargers.
Jackson and his camp still must ask the Chargers for permission to negotiate with individual teams, the Bolts still won’t tell them what they’ll accept for Jackson, and they are still the Chargers, which means they’ll want to come out as the winners of any trade they didn’t initiate.
Several things need to happen in order for teams to become desperate:
- the team must believe that they are close to a Super Bowl and Jackson will put them over the top,
- the coach or general manager’s job is on the line, and
- in some cases, pressure from the fans and media
The main ingredients in desperation are time and urgency. The Chargers will need to bide their time for teams to become desperate and urgent.
They need time for a fringe contender to establish themselves at 3-2. They need time for a team’s star receiver to get injured. They need time for a coach’s hot seat to heat up. They need time for fans to become angry.
Once any of those things happen and gossip sports columnists start racing to put their name out there with pot stirring news, the flame fanning will become wildfires rather quickly and now we have desperation. To compound matters, they usually all happen at once.
If the Chargers ignore Jackson’s victory and stick to their guns, they could have more suitors willing to give up more compensation in week five when teams are a lot more prone to desperation than they are now.
Otherwise, Mr. V-Jax, his agents, and his new team better make the Chargers one hell of a deal before Wednesday.
The NFL’s official website has released an article accusing the San Diego Chargers of blowing up a potential trade for Vincent Jackson with an unnamed team.
So what? This report may or may not be true, because the information came from Jackson’s agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod.
This whole situation is the agent’s fault anyway and they goofed up by being impatient. Vincent does whatever the agents tell him to do. If you look at the Chargers history, they have a history of paying guys that are willing to work with the team. Had Jackson signed the one year tender, went to work, and proven that he puts the team first, he would have been paid.
Disagree if you want, but look at the Chargers’ history before you speak.
Jackson made the mistake of holding out for more money on the recommendation of his agents, who obviously felt that they had enough leverage to force the Chargers’ hand.
Even if the Chargers did not have other proven receivers on the roster, that stance was never going to work (see Marcus McNeil) and the agents should have known it.
The Chargers do things the Charger way and will not be swayed. Not the AJ Smith way, but the Charger way.
That includes not being bullied by sports agents nor politicking. Jackson’s agents did not know the Chargers’ history and now they’ve become a part of it. The outcome was predictable.
Even super agent Tom Condon is not going to advise his guys to hold out when dealing with the Chargers. Condon client Antonio Gates held out once, got slapped with a team imposed three game suspension (also known as the roster exempt list), and a Condon player has never held out again. That includes LaDainian Tomlinson, who was once unhappy with his deal.
If Antonio Gates did not have enough leverage to force the Chargers’ hand, no other receiver does either. How could Jacksons’ agents not know this? That is an absolutely ridiculous oversight.
The nfl.com article is contradicted by a previous article on sportsline.com which claims that in fact it was Jackson’s agents who bungled the deal by asking for more many than Brandon Marshall received. The source being an unnamed NFC general manager, who was obviously the one trying to make the deal for Vincent Jackson.
Yet another article claims that it was the Seattle Seahawks all along, who were the mystery team trying to trade for Jackson.
The articles all have one thing in common. None of this information has come from the Chargers’ front office.
So who is lying?
Vincent Jackson’s agents have “dun goofed” by thinking that they held cards that they clearly did not. They were right about one thing, however. The Chargers have little motivation to trade Jackson this season.
Make no mistake about it, pass target for pass target Vincent Jackson is above all of the so called elite receivers in the league. It does not matter if we’re talking about Larry Fitgerald, Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, or Brandon Marshall.
If Vincent Jackson were thrown to as many times as Andre Johnson was last season, his stats would have been comparable to Jerry Rice in his prime.
It makes no sense for the Chargers to trade Jackson to the Minnesota Vikings or any other contender. Jackson could put the Vikings over the top.
However, no one knows what team could be put over the top by acquiring Vincent Jackson. For example, the Colts thought they had safely traded Marshall Faulk away to the lowly St. Louis Rams back in 1999 (who were coming off a disastrous 4-12 season) when in fact the move put the Rams over the Super Bowl winning top when combined with all of the other moves they made in that off season.
The Chargers already have five picks in the first three rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft. They do not need any more picks next year. Since draft picks have a hard time making the Chargers roster, it makes much more sense to trade Jackson for picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.
If Jackson chooses to sit out for the entire year, the Chargers will continue to own his rights next season. That would be another momentous mistake by Jackson’s agents, so do not expect that to happen. Therefore, the Chargers were right to lower Jackson’s tender from $3.28 million to under $600,000. Jackson admitted himself that he sees $3.28 million in the same light as $600,000.
So play for $600,000 buddy. Then go play for another team.
Why should the Chargers reward another team’s player financially? Why should the Chargers toss over $2,000,000 down the drain? Pay the mercenary as little as possible and then send him on his way.
If Jackson walks away as a free agent, the Chargers will likely receive a compensatory third round draft pick for Vincent Jackson in return. If he does not play for the Chargers this season, the Chargers can potentially trade him for more than a third round pick next season.
If no trade is worked out this year, Jackson likely returns to the Chargers this season and either a deal is worked out, he is traded, or he walks next year. Either way, the Chargers will wind up with something in return for Jackson.
One thing is for sure. If Jackson does return to the Chargers this season, he will angrily dominate defensive backs.
The upcoming preseason game between the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys should have a very interesting first half.
The Chargers rookie running back Ryan Mathews will be looking to impress the home crowd once again at the expense at the Cowboy defense.
Mathews may be surprised to find that the Cowboys defense is not only very similar to the Chargers’ bunch, but they are very familiar with the Chargers’ offense since the Cowboys run the exact same system as the Bolts on both offense and defense.
I will be looking for Mathews to continue to show off his impressive balance, speed, agility, and power. With the dark visor, he was looking like a young LaDainian Tomlinson against the Chicago Bears.
The Chargers swarming defense looked like the wrecking crew of old against the Bears. They racked up six thunderous sacks, caused turnovers, and wreaked havoc on the potentially disastrous Bears offense (meaning don’t get overly excited about the dominance).
I will be closely watching this game to see if Tony Romo fares any better than the Bears quarterbacks. While linebacker Antwan Applewhite should continue to declare war on the backfield while working his way back from major injury, Shawne Merriman will likely miss the game due to a minor hamstring injury.
A lot of “experts” are overlooking the rebuilt Charger defensive line, but the Dallas Cowboys shouldn’t. They should be well aware of young lions like Vaughn Martin and Ogemdi Nwagbuo. Their development could be the difference between a solid defense and one that smashes opposing offenses.
Rookie defensive tackle Cam Thomas will be put to the test in the first half against the Dallas starters, who should play about a half. The Chargers coaching staff kept Thomas on the bench for the first half last week and he proceeded to dominate guys who will be working at Dominoes soon. Now he’ll get his test against the big dogs of the NFC East. I will be looking to see how he fares this week.
With the recent news that Vincent Jackson has had discussions with the Seattle Seahawks about a potential trade, Charger fans, players, and coaches will be taking a hard look at the other wide receivers. There is no receiver in the league with V-Jax’ combination of speed, size, and power, so the Chargers offense will have to change if Jackson is no longer a part of it (and it will probably need to change for the better).
Anyone who has objectively looked at receiver Craig “Buster” Davis when he’s been on the field knows he looks like the best player out there when he has the ball in his hand. He has some sort of superstar swagger that could be something like a dagger through the hearts of opposing defenses. The only problem is Davis is usually injured within a play or two of his first couple of catches. I don’t just want, but I need to see Davis make it through this game healthy.