The 27-year-old Jackson was a restricted free agent heading into the 2010 offseason, but balked at the initial $3.268 million tender offered by San Diego in hopes of securing a more lucrative, long-term deal. That offer eventually reduced to $583,000 -- 110 percent of what Jackson made in 2009.
Jackson finally signed the smaller contract Friday, though he'll make only a little more than $171,000 on the season. He's ineligible to play for San Diego's next three games because of a team-issued suspension, stemming from the Chargers having to place Jackson on the roster-exempt list during his holdout -- he will be eligible to play again on Nov. 28, when San Diego hosts Indianapolis in a Sunday night game.
"I'm happy Vincent is here," Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said in a statement issued by the team. "I have no doubt he will go to work, work hard and quickly get into game-shape. Once he starts playing in games, I don't think it will take him long for him to be a contributor and help us."
Jackson topped the 1,000-yard receiving plateau each of the past two seasons, and could provide a much-needed jolt to the struggling Chargers -- San Diego currently sits at 2-5 and tied for last place in the AFC West.
The NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" discusses who's to blame for San Diego's start: