Vincent Jackson's jumping ability proved better on the field when he was in control than off the field, when Chargers general manager A.J. Smith was controlling Jackson's ability to jump to another team.
Jackson, the Pro Bowl wide receiver that was on the trading block, remains property of the San Diego Chargers Wednesday despite a settlement between the NFL and the NFL Players Union that incentivized the Chargers to move him before a 3 p.m. Central deadline. If the Chargers had traded Jackson, he would have been eligible to play for his new team in the fifth game of the season. As it stands, because the Chargers placed him on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, Jackson won't be able to play until at least the seventh game of the season.
Jackson, at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, could have offered Brett Favre the big receiver he has been missing since Sidney Rice had hip surgery before the season began. Jackson has had more than 1,000 yards receiving and at least seven touchdowns each of the last two years.
According to reports, the Chargers were seeking a second- and third-round pick for Jackson and the Vikings offered a second-round pick along with a future conditional pick that would be based on their ability to sign the wide receiver to a long-term deal.
In the end, the Chargers decided to hold firm and not trade him, despite the animosity built up between him the team over the past few months. Jackson has refused to sign his restricted free-agent tender.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jackson's agent, Jonathan Feinsod said, "Archie Manning had it right. They call (Chargers general manager A.J. Smith) ‘The Lord of No Rings' for a reason."
The Vikings value their draft picks and head coach Brad Childress reiterated that stance Wednesday.
"Aside from any other situations, they're your bartering tools," Childress said. "That's how you build a team with talent. If you do something for a guy like Jared Allen, you want to know what you're giving is commensurate to what you're getting."
About an hour before the deadline passed, Childress wasn't confident a deal would be struck, calling it a "distant" possibility, but it was clear the Vikings were interested, just not for the Chargers' ransom.
Jackson expressed his frustration over the situation in text messages to NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora.
"I just don't understand why (a trade was not completed). They obviously think I'm a valuable player by asking for such high trade compensation, but why am I only offered tender salary?" Jackson wrote, according to LaCanfora. "My agents and teams interested did everything to make it happen, but this organization stopped it. I just want to play football. It feels unethical and I am disappointed."
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No deal: Vincent Jackson remains a Charger
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