Sources Confirm Seahawks to Pursue Vincent Jackson
They just aren't in a hurry.
Multiple sources confirmed the original post by Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports that Seattle has been given permission to talk about contract terms with Jackson. Jackson is a restricted free agent and has not signed the Chargers' one-year tender offer yet. The Chargers reportedly placed Jackson and fellow holdout Marcus McNeill on the roster exempt list and threatened them with three-game suspensions upon their returns.
That would mean Jackson could miss the first six games of the season if he re-signs in San Diego. Jackson has to serve a three-game suspension before he plays for anybody, so this isn't a trade the Seahawks have to get done soon. He has been slapped for violating the league's substance abuse policy and twice has been charged with driving under the influence.
The team-issued suspension wouldn't carry over to Seattle, though, and the Seahawks' pursuit of Jackson makes sense because the Seahawks believe they could use another wide receiver.
In the last five seasons with San Diego, Jackson had been a deep threat, and in the 2008 and 2009 seasons averaged more than 17 yards per catch and over 1,000 yards respectively per season.
The Chargers seem reticent, because of the suspension and his driving history, to give Jackson more than a one-year deal.
Seattle may be willing to go longer, but as Jackson is still under Chargers control, even if they strike a deal that Jackson and the Seahawks both like, they'll have to work out a trade with San Diego -- one that probably won't be cheap.