Despite a very ugly, very public feud that lasted months in 2010, the San Diego Chargers and receiver Vincent Jackson just can’t quit each other. Apparently, most experts now believe the Chargers will use their franchise tag on Jackson, and that the receiver will likely accept the designation and not hold out again.
Of course, this all depends on the NFL figuring out its labor situation, but since teams are still making plans, we’ll keep reporting on them.
Jackson played in just five games for the Chargers in 2010 due to a protracted holdout that turned ugly very quickly. When he played, he totaled just 14 catches, for 248 yards and three touchdowns.
A franchise tag for Jackson will likely net him upwards of $10 million for next year, so obviously it would be stupid of him to sit out again. While he would prefer a long-term extension, don’t expect that to happen just yet. Jackson has had many off-field issues and because he sat out for so long in 2010, other teams might be hesitant to sink a huge chunk of guaranteed cash into a long-term deal for him.
If he accepts the tag, has a productive season in 2011 and is a model citizen off the field, the Chargers will likely be willing to give him a long-term deal. That’s probably the only way he stays in San Diego beyond the 2011 season.
According to most experts, Jackson getting tagged is pretty much a done deal, so now it’s up to him to accept it, produce and keep his nose clean if he wants a big-money, multi-year deal.