Potential Vincent Jackson Trade Going Down to the Wire
The Chargers and the Vikings were in serious discussions Tuesday on a deal that would send disgruntled star receiver Vincent Jackson from San Diego to Minnesota. But sources with knowledge of the talks said there were still significant differences to be made up if a deal was to get done before an important 4 p.m. ET Wednesday deadline.
Per a settlement between the NFL and the players' union, Jackson must be traded before 4 p.m. Wednesday in order to have his current suspension reduced from six games to four games. He's already sat out two of three required games on his personal conduct policy suspension. But if he is not traded by the deadline, he'll have to serve an additional three games as a result of the Chargers placing him on the roster exempt list because of his contract holdout. If he is traded, that suspension drops from three games to one game and Jackson would be eligible to play in the fifth game of his new team's season.
The Vikings, whose passing game has struggled in their first two games thanks to injuries to receivers Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin and the struggles of 40-year-old quarterback Brett Favre, are interested in acquiring Jackson. But so far the Chargers' asking price has remained too high, the sources said. It's possible the Chargers will lower the asking price in advance of the deadline and a deal will still get done. But it's also possible they could hold on to Jackson, even if he's intent on sitting out the season because of his contract dispute, and get draft-pick compensation when he leaves as an unrestricted free agent.
Reports indicate that the Chargers have continued to demand two second-round picks in exchange for Jackson -- a price teams have been unwilling to pay for a player that can't suit up until Week 5 at the earliest and would leave as a free agent at year's end. The Vikings might be desperate enough to do it, and talks are expected to continue throughout the morning and afternoon Wednesday.
One of the sources said the Washington Redskins remain an interested party, though the discussions between them and the Chargers weren't as intense Tuesday as those involving the Vikings.