Report: Vikings had deal with Jackson

If the Vikings are going to get a deal done with receiver Vincent Jackson and the Chargers, it's likely to happen by Wednesday afternoon. The sticking point could be the Chargers' asking price.

The Vikings and the potential acquisition of Vincent Jackson may be coming to a head today. If the Vikings sign Jackson by Wednesday afternoon, he would be able to join the team after sitting out four games, which would make him available for the Oct. 17 game vs. Dallas. If not, the number of games he is out would go up.

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.


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  • The Vikings may be cautious with their injured players this week, even though Detroit has been close to winning both of its losses this year. With the bye following the Lions game, it will give a lot of players a chance to heal up – despite the conventional wisdom being that an early bye week is a disadvantage later in the season.

  • Former Viking Todd Bouman has found work again with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bouman, who has been out of football since 2008 and wasn't in an NFL training camp this summer, spent 1997-2002 with the Vikings, the next three years with the Saints and a single season with the Packers, Jaguars, Rams and Ravens. He hasn't played a down in a regular-season game since 2005 with the Saints.

  • The Vikings may have some interest in the hamstring injury suffered by Jets Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis against the Patriots Sunday. Early reports say he will be out 1-3 weeks. If it can push to the long end of that projection, the third game would be when the Vikings travel to New York to play the Jets on Monday Night Football.

    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.

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