It’s becoming increasing clearer by the day that Chargers GM A.J. Smith would rather clean toilets at a state penitentiary than pay Vincent Jackson what he wants (i.e. roughly $47.5 million over four years), which is the deal Brandon Marshall got from the Dolphins). With that in mind, will he inevitably try to trade the talented receiver?
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chargers have made it known that Jackson (who remains an unhappy, unsigned restricted free agent) is available via trade. Assuming the Bolts don’t want to trade Jackson to a division rival or a playoff contender in the AFC, below are the teams that make the most sense if San Diego does indeed trade him.
REDSKINS: Daniel Snyder is so reckless with his money that he wouldn’t bat an eye if it came to paying Jackson as much as Marshall received. The Skins are also desperate for wideout help seeing as how Santana Moss, Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas formed one of the least productive receiver corps in the league last year. Mike Shanahan knows Jackson well from his days as head coach in Denver and therefore, knows how productive he can be in all areas of the game (route running, stretching the field, run-blocking, you name it). The Skins might be the front-runners for Jackson, assuming they’re willing to part with at least a first round pick to acquire his services.
SEAHAWKS: One would think that Seattle wouldn’t be looking for receiving help after investing so much dough in T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch, not to mention drafting Golden Tate in April. But Pistol Pete Carroll’s Hawks were in hot pursuit of Marshall before the Dolphins eventually snagged him and they’ve been linked to Jackson this offseason as well. Carroll is aggressive by nature and won’t hesitate to add as much talent to his roster as he can, so don’t count the Seahawks out of the Jackson sweepstakes.
JAGUARS: Speaking of no receiving depth, Jacksonville would love to pair Jackson with Mike Sims-Walker in order to give David Garrard another weapon in the passing game. But there are two major roadblocks here: 1) the Jaguars are cheap and might not be willing to give Jackson a new deal and 2) they might not be willing to give up a first round pick either, seeing as how they like to build through the draft. A Jackson-Jacksonville marriage seems unlikely, but it can’t be ruled out.
BROWNS: Cleveland seems like a great landing spot for Jackson on the surface, but the Browns really like youngsters Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie, and appear willing to let the two second-year players develop. Plus, Mike Holmgren knows that teams have to build through the draft and given how new he is in Cleveland, chances are he’s going to want to hang onto his picks for the next couple of years (especially first-rounders).
Comment starter: If the Chargers eventually decided to trade Jackson, where do you see him winding up?
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