Vincent Jackson still a Charger, now ineligible to play until Week 7

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers prepares to enter the game against the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL game on December 20, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

The 4:00PM ET deadline for Vincent Jackson to be traded has come and gone without the Chargers making a deal. That means V-Jax will face his full suspension and will be ineligible to play before Week 7.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Vikings made a “last ditch-effort” to try and trade for Jackson, but San Diego GM A.J. Smith declined the offer. It’s rumored that Smith was looking for both a second round pick and a third round pick for Jackson, but Minnesota was only willing to offer a second rounder and a conditional pick in 2011.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Vikings’ offense continues to fare without Sidney Rice after they decided not to acquire Jackson, who may wind up sitting out the reminder of the season. Percy Harvin is reportedly dealing with migraines again, so the receiver situation in Minnesota is getting bleaker by the day.

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Chargers reject Vikings’ offer for Vincent Jackson, want extra pick

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17: Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers stiff-arms cornerback Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets during AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

According to Yahoo’s Jason Cole, the Chargers have rejected the Vikings’ offer of a second round pick and a conditional pick in 2011 for receiver Vincent Jackson. San Diego reportedly wants a second and a third round selection for V-Jax.

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.

Both Chargers general manager A.J. Smith and agent Neil Schwartz, who represents Jackson, declined to discuss the situation.

All three sources were pessimistic about a deal getting done with either the Vikings or an unidentified team that is willing to sign Jackson to a long-term deal. The Chargers have until 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday to trade Jackson so that he can play by the fifth game of the season with a team that acquires him.

Only the Vikings could leave me wanting to put my hand in an electric saw rather than talk about the same topic over and over and over again. (Ahem – BRETT FAVRE, ahem. Sorry…got something caught in my throat.)

After another dismal effort by Lord Favre and Minnesota’s offense on Sunday, I wrote about how the Vikings may just want to trade for V-Jax and get the situation over. Click here to check out my thoughts on the subject.

If Vikings really want V-Jax, now is the time to trade for him

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 3:  Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson of the San Diego Chargers watches from the sidelines during the Washington Redskins v San Diego Chargers NFL Game on January 3, 2010 at Quolcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 23-20. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

If they want to acquire Vincent Jackson from the Chargers without having him sit out his full suspension, then the clock is ticking for the Vikings.

With the uncertainty of Sidney Rice’s playing status this year, Minnesota needs a receiver, which is why they’re considering trading for the disgruntled San Diego wideout. But as the Minneapolis Star-Tribune points out, if V-Jax isn’t traded by 3PM ET on Wednesday, he has to sit out the full six games of his suspension.

The Vikings play the Matthew Stafford-less Lions this Sunday, so it stands to reason that they’ll pick up their first win of the year. (If they don’t, then forget about Jackson because the Vikes would be a bigger mess than originally thought.) After the Detroit game, they have a bye in Week 4 and are at the Jets in Week 5 and home against the Cowboys in Week 6 before they travel to Green Bay in Week 7 and New England in Week 8.

The Vikings should beat the Lions and could beat the Jets and Cowboys with their current roster, but if they acquire Jackson now, he would be available for both of those games. Why not allow him to play in two games in Brad Childress’ offense before taking on the Packers and Patriots?

Do the Vikings have to acquire Jackson now? No, they don’t have to do anything. But their offense has been a hot mess the past two weeks and if they don’t want to fall further behind the Packers and Bears in the division, they may want to just get the deal done for V-Jax now.

Vincent Jackson eligible to play in Week 5 if he’s traded

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

After reaching a settlement with the NFL on Thursday, San Diego Tribune writer Kevin Acee is reporting that Vincent Jackson is eligible to play in Week 5 if he’s traded.

That’s big news for teams interested in dealing for Jackson, because now they don’t have to wait until Week 7 for him to suit up. He’s currently serving a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s conduct policy and would have had to serve another three games if he didn’t reach a settlement today.

The Rams and Vikings are two teams that are reportedly interested in V-Jax, although Rotoworld seems to think that the Seahawks and Redskins may also get into the mix as well. Jackson is a rare commodity in that he’s a receiver that can not only stretch the field in the deep passing game, but he’s also one of the best blockers in the league – if not the best.

Earlier today, I wrote about how trading for Jackson may not be the best thing for the Vikings long-term. You can read that article here.

This is great news for V-Jax owners as a trade is far more likely now than it was a few hours ago. If you’ve had him this long, you might as well hold onto him and see what the next week brings. And if you can pick him up off the waiver wire cheaply, do so.

Adding Vincent Jackson could be a mistake for Vikings long-term

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)

The Minnesota Vikings are faced with quite a dilemma.

It’s optimistic to think that Sidney Rice is going to return to action by Week 8 or 9 following hip surgery. Some say he’ll be out for half the year, while others think he’ll miss the entire season.

I happen to fall into the latter category, which is why I understand the Vikings’ desire to trade for Vincent Jackson.

Thanks to their fickle 40-year-old quarterback, Minnesota’s window to win a Super Bowl is closing by the second. They know they have a hole at receiver and they know V-Jax could fill it. But a deal is contingent upon an arbitrator ruling that Jackson will avoid the Roster Exempt list, making him eligible to play in Week 4 following his three-game suspension.

If the ruling goes against Jackson, he’ll have to sit out three more weeks. But even if the ruling goes in his favor, would the Vikings be doing the right thing for their future?

Rice is only 24 and even if he winds up missing the entire season, he’s going to be back next year. The same goes for Percy Harvin, who is only in his second year.

The Vikings proved last year that a combination of Rice, Harvin and Bernard Berrian (who signed a six-year, $43.4 million contract in 2008) is more then sufficient to compete for a playoff berth (assuming they have a decent quarterback, of course). If they add Jackson, they’re going to have to give him a contract extension because after all, why part with multiple draft picks and not making him a part of your long-term plans?

A foursome of Rice, Jackson, Harvin and Berrian would be pretty lethal, but don’t forget that there’s only one ball. This isn’t fantasy football – the Vikings still have an entire roster to think about and it wouldn’t be wise to soak that much money into one position (especially receiver).

That said, I understand the Vikings’ dilemma. They need a receiver now so that they can win now. Jackson is the best available and certainly worth the compensation, but this is a move that could wind up costing the team in other areas down the road. Don’t forget that they still have issues in their secondary and also have an offensive line that is aging. So will they be willing to potentially sacrifice their future to win now? And what if they don’t win? What happens if they build this great receiving corps and Tarvaris Jackson winds up being the one that has to get them the ball?

I have a headache.

With the news that V-Jax might have his suspension reduced, owners who already have him on the roster should hold onto him through the weekend to see if things break his way. If V-Jax is available for cheap in your league and you can acquire him without cutting anyone of note, take a flier on him and see what happens in the next week.

If he lands in Minnesota, it will be a big boost to Brett Favre’s value. I don’t know how much time Jackson will need to get acclimated, as he’ll probably take over the role of Sidney Rice, catching all of those deep balls that Favre chucks downfield. I don’t think it really hurts Percy Harvin or anyone else on the Minnesota roster, save for Bernard Berrian, who will be relegated to backup duty.

If Jackson lands in St. Louis, it will likely hurt Mark Clayton, Laurent Robinson and Danny Amendola. All three currently have some value in PPR leagues, but there won’t be enough targets in St. Louis to support four fantasy wideouts. Sam Bradford would definitely benefit by having a bona fide WR1 to throw to.

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