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Vincent Jackson-to-Patriots Trade Reportedly Being Discussed

Oct 7, 2010 – 9:17 PM
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Andy Kent

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Vincent JacksonThe Patriots are reportedly talking to the San Diego Chargers about acquiring Vincent Jackson in exchange for disgruntled New England guard Logan Mankins. Tom E. Curran of CSN New England reported Thursday night that the Patriots had "looked into the possibility" of swinging a trade for Jackson and that the two sides are in preliminary talks.

One way to fill the void you just created at wide receiver by trading Randy Moss to Minnesota if you are the New England Patriots is to bring in a younger version of the future of Hall-of-Famer, which explains why the Pats would be interested in Jackson.

Acquiring the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Jackson, who is holding out in San Diego because of a contract dispute, would give New England's Tom Brady that big target with speed to go deep he had in Moss, only with fresher legs. Moss is listed at 6-4, 210 on the Vikings' official website and at 33 is six years older than the 27-year-old Jackson.

According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chargers are seeking a first- and a second-round pick from an AFC team for Jackson, but would accept a second- and a third-round pick from an NFC team.

In this rumored case, you are talking about two players in Jackson and Mankins looking for a change of scenery after believing they were wronged by their current teams.

Earlier, there were reports that the Patriots and Seattle Seahawks were in talks about a possible deal to send Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch back to the team he was drafted by and won a Super Bowl MVP trophy with. Branch is only 5-9, 195, so he doesn't the bring the size and deep-threat possibilities that Jackson brings to the table.

As the trade deadline fast approaches, things no doubt will get more interesting on this front.

UPDATE:
Citing a media source in San Diego, Curran reported later Thursday night that the Chargers had no interest in dealing for Mankins. He added that in order for Jackson -- or any player for that matter -- to be traded, he would first need to be under contract, meaning Jackson would have to sign his restricted free agent tender offer before he could be dealt.
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