What Becomes Of Vincent Jackson This Season

Vincent Jackson is one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL today. Coming on to the scene in the last few seasons with San Diego, Jackson has evolved into a Pro Bowl talent for a Chargers team that always finds itself a top the AFC West. This upcoming season, however, is one that is going to be the most intriguing of Jackson’s career. The problem with it is, it’s for all of the wrong reasons.

First, and foremost, Jackson is going to likely miss the first three games of the season due to violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Jackson plead guilty in February to driving under the influence, which was his second convinction for the offense. It is expected that Jackson is going to appeal the suspension, but given the track record of commissioner Roger Goodell, I would say it is highly unlikely that he would actually win the appeal process, and will miss the first three games.

Not that it may matter, because it may be three games that Jackson wasn’t going to be a part of anyways. Jackson let a deadline pass without signing his tender last month, the same thing teammate Marcus McNeill did. He had his 2010 salary drastically cut in doing so, but he did so in hopes of working out a new deal. The Chargers, like many other NFL teams, with a lockout impending, are very leery of negotiations in regards to any long term deals with anybody in the future, due to not knowing what type of labor agreement, or salary cap is going to be in place. Jackson is not expected to report to the team for training camp, and the suspension actually makes it more likely that he will holdout into the season.. It is likely that he will sit out the first 10 games of the season next year.

This made Jackson the subject of trade rumors, but San Diego has already stated they are not, and will not, shop Jackson. They want to try and force him into playing, and that’s understandable, on their end. If they were to trade Jackson, teams would shoot them lowball deals, due to the fact that they already know that he does not want to play for the team. Normally a team would go into panic mode after doing so, and take lesser value, but the team hopes that Jackson comes to his senses and gets into action.

Doing so would benefit him. It is Jackson who is suffering more so than San Diego, considering it was he himself who basically decided to cut his salary from 3.3 million down 600,000. If San Diego were to trade him, he would likely receive a new deal and get paid. Perhaps Jackson should do the right thing, and reward the team that gave him the opportunity to succeed in the National Football League, and perhaps they would then reward his loyalty with a deal that he deserved. Sitting out does not benefit anybody, and Jackson does not realize that.