NFL statement on Vincent Jackson

The NFL has issued a statement regarding the status of Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who has been rumored to be a trade interest of the Vikings. Here is the statement laying out the parameters of the agreement:

The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have resolved the grievance filed by the NFLPA last week on behalf of San Diego Chargers' restricted free agent Vincent Jackson.

The terms of the agreement include the following:

  • Jackson remains suspended for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse for the first three games of the regular season.

  • If Jackson signs a contract with San Diego and is traded by 4:00 p.m., New York time, on Wednesday, September 22, he will be placed on the Commissioner Exempt list for three games, retroactive to game two of the season. This means that if Jackson is traded by the September 22 deadline, he will be available to play for his new club beginning with the new club's fifth game.

  • If Jackson is not traded by 4:00 p.m., New York time, on September 22, he will serve the remainder of his three-game suspension and be placed on roster exempt until the day following the third game scheduled after the date he actually reports, regardless of any subsequent trade.

  • As part of the settlement, a moratorium will be in effect from now until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on Friday, September 17. During the moratorium, any club interested in trading for Jackson must receive advance permission from the Chargers before speaking with Jackson's representatives about possible contract terms. Trade compensation must be negotiated directly with the Chargers. San Diego may not trade Jackson until after the moratorium has expired.

  • If Jackson is traded before the September 22 deadline, he will be allowed to report to the new club and, at the discretion of the club, be eligible to participate in those activities permitted by the Substances of Abuse Policy for the remainder of his suspension. After the third game of Jackson's suspension, he will be permitted to practice with the new club pursuant to the roster exempt rules in the week prior to the new club's fourth regular-season game, but will be unavailable to play, and cannot be paid, until the fifth game (as stated in the second bullet-point above).

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