Yahoo! Sports cited a pair of unnamed sources claiming that the Vikings were the team that reportedly came to a contract agreement with Jackson – speculated to be a one-year deal worth $6 million – before the season opener. The report also saws the Vikings "are expected to amp their effort" in going after Jackson. The problem then, as it is now, is that the Chargers want what they feel is just compensation for trading Jackson.
That could be what prompted ESPN's Adam Schefter to report on his Twitter page that trading Jackson by Wednesday's deadline "is a longshot."
Given that the Vikings might only sign Jackson to a one-year deal, which would be partially due to his guarantee of missing even more games while he serves out his suspension, it is hard to imagine that the Vikings would be offering a second-round pick in exchange. The only way a deal like that would make sense is if the team was to sign Jackson long-term.
Their slow start to the season may play to their advantage. Had the Vikings somehow won one or both of their games, the Chargers might not be willing to accept a third-round draft pick as compensation, since they might receive a third-round pick in the compensatory selections in 2012 if Jackson were to hit the unrestricted free-agent market and sign elsewhere. If the Chargers believed that pick in the 2011 draft would be essentially the same as it would be in 2012, the team might try to squeeze more out of the Vikings in trade.
The Jackson saga is likely to wind up in the next 24-36 hours. If he signs with the Vikings, it will be a sign that the team either fears Sidney Rice may be sidelined longer than expected or that the Vikings still have plenty of time to right the ship and make Brett Favre's farewell season a successful one.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.