Vincent Jackson to the Seahawks – pipedream or reality?

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17: Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers stands on the field during AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New York Jets at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Multiple sources claim that the Chargers have granted the Seahawks permission to discuss a contract with unsigned wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who is currently holding out because San Diego won’t give him a long-term deal.

But will a trade between these two teams ever get off the ground?

According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Tribune, Jackson is seeking $30 million guaranteed on a five-year, $50 million contact. Will the Hawks be willing to fork over that kind of money and the compensation it’ll take to acquire him from San Diego? There’s no doubt that they could use an upgrade at receiver and Jackson gives them the deep threat that they covet, but that’s a steep price to pay.

The Broncos were able to acquire two second round picks from the Dolphins for Brandon Marshall, so that’ll likely be a starting point for the Chargers and Seahawks when discussing Jackson’s worth. Granted, Jackson has to serve a three-game suspension at the start of the season and has yet to report to camp this summer, but he proved how productive he could be last year so two second rounders isn’t unreasonable. He’s also in the prime of his career and there’s little doubt that he has the ability to live up to what Seattle would have to part with in order to acquire him.

But will a deal get done or will GM A.J. Smith continue to play hardball with V-Jax until the receiver finally gives in and plays on a one-year tender? It appears as though Jackson is willing to holdout well into the regular season, but these situations usually have a way of working themselves out in the end.

Stay tuned.

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