Wide receiver Vincent Jackson (not pictured) is apparently not on the trading block according to the San Diego Chargers front office and the team expects to use the Pro Bowler this season following his three game suspension for personal conduct which was enforced by the NFL Commish after Jackson was caught driving with a suspended license following a DUI arrest last year prior to a playoff game.
And for Jackson the biggest issue is not the upcoming suspension, but the fact that the number one receiver wants to be paid like one and is likely going to be a tough deal to work out especially with a potential lockout coming next season. Jackson wants something long term and the Chargers seem reluctant to give out such a reward to man that has only made one Pro Bowl and never caught over 70 passes in a single season of his career.
Jackson has become a reliable deep threat and Rivers flourished last year with the big man running the deep post. The connection could be one of the most critical ones missing at the start of the 2010 season for any team and Jackson is now expected to holdout until the 10th week of the season unless given a new lucrative contract extension. The Chargers remain adamant on not trading the unhappy receiver though because they realize his value has dropped due to his off the field troubles and he probably is only worth a mid-round pick or a few late 3rd or 4th round-type picks at the moment.
The Chargers plan on riding out the year with Jackson potentially not returning to the team until the midway point of the season and then following 2010 the Chargers will likely give Jackson the franchise tag so that they can retain his rights for at least one more season. Jackson will only be guaranteed one year’s work, but the value should skyrocket from his current low base salary.
Jackson is one of those bubble players of 2010 and the unhappy receiver might cast a big shadow in San Diego’s locker room this year if the team refuses to pay or trade him. We will have to wait and see how this situation plays out.