Vincent Jackson Receives Franchise Tag From Chargers
The team's tag on Jackson was "non-exclusive," meaning he can still negotiate with other clubs but the Chargers could either match the offer and keep him, or let him go and receive two first-round picks as compensation. In addition, the Chargers and Jackson and his representatives could opt to negotiate a long-term deal, though the sides have had a rocky relationship at times.
"Vincent has been a valuable contributor to our team," general manager A.J. Smith said in a statement. "We want him to be a Charger."
Jackson, who went to the Pro Bowl following the 2009 season, has had run-ins with the law, resulting in a league-imposed three-game suspension at the start of last season.
In addition, Jackson last year refused to sign a $3.2 million restricted free agent tender extended by the Chargers. Instead, he staged a prolonged holdout through the summer and deep into the season in a failed attempt to force San Diego to give him a long-term deal or trade him to a team that would.
Jackson eventually reported to the Chargers but by then the team had reduced and pro-rated his tender. He also had to serve a three-game, team-imposed suspension on the roster exempt list before becoming eligible for the final six games of the season.
Jackson wound up playing in five games, sitting out one after straining his calf in his first game back. He had 14 catches for 248 yards and three touchdowns and was paid around $300,000 for his work.
The latest franchise tender would likely pay Jackson between $10 million and $11 million, based on the average salaries last season of the five highest-paid receivers in the league. However, questions remain about the system's use in the event of a lockout of players by owners which could occur early next month.