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Minnesota deems V. Jackson too expensive

Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:32 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Our own Will Brinson had a pretty good idea Tuesday when he wondered if the Vikings – facing the loss of WR Sidney Rice for at least half the season because of hip surgery and WR Percy Harvin for the time being because of migraines – would try to acquire disgruntled San Diego WR Vincent Jackson.

Turns out that was a move actually discussed.

The Vikings apparently looked into the possibility of trying to trade for and sign Jackson – he’s got to be a better option than Javon Walker, right? – but Minnesota ran into the same problem that the Seahawks found when they asked permission to talk to Jackson. It would cost way too much money.

Here’s some analysis from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Acee writes, “several league sources said in recent days that no one is willing to promise $10 million a year to a player with Jackson’s baggage and inexperience. Jackson has led the NFL in yards per catch over the past two seasons, but two seasons is a relatively small body of work to deserve such a mega contract. Moreover, Jackson has been arrested twice for driving under the influence, something that led to him being suspended the first three games this season.”

Jackson, you’ll recall, declined to sign his restricted free agent tender offer of more than $3 million from San Diego and seems committed to sitting out much of the season. Coming off his best season as a pro (68 catches, 1,167 yards and nine TDs), he’s still only made one Pro Bowl in his four-year career. If he wants a five-year, $50 million deal (with $30 million guaranteed), he’s going to have to wait.

Nobody is going to pay that kind of money for a guy who still has plenty of question marks attached to his name.

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Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: August 28, 2010 10:35 pm

Minnesota deems V. Jackson too expensive

Funny but true .  As much as I hate to admit it, that is exactly a deal he would jump on. 

I had Jackson on my CBS Fantasy team last year and he broke my heart week after week just as Dan Snyder has year after year!!

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Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2010 8:36 pm

Minnesota deems V. Jackson too expensive

Sounds like the kind of deal Dan Snyder would make.  I'm surprised he hasn't loaded up the jet to go to San Diego.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2010 7:59 pm

Minnesota deems V. Jackson too expensive

If you thought that at any time in the blink of an eye, you could be "sidelined" for the rest of your working career, ....

Excuse me, I think this is where everyone has gotten off track.  If he were to get an injury where he could no longer play football:
1.  With the money he makes he should have purchased injury insurance.  Short-sighted on his part.
2.  Since when has football become a career.  These guys all went to college.  So, you only play three years. You make a bunch of money, you enjoy the lifestyle, then you go on to a real job and be thankful you had the opportunity to make the windfall you did.
I've worked since I was 14 years old.  I'm 51 now.  And I'll be working for another 20 years or so.  Why are they "entitled" to a 5-10 "work" career?  They don't call it "playing" football for nothing.  Its physical and strenuous and sometimes dangerous, true.  But so are a bunch of other jobs that don't pay a fraction of what these spoiled brats make.

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2010 6:00 pm

Minnesota deems V. Jackson too expensive

Although I totally agree with you that V Jackson is not worth 10 million per season, AJ Smith has an enormous ego and treats his team like crap.  He fired Marty Schottenheimer after a 14-2 season and did not talk to him at all for at least 3 seasons.  There was a mediator, probably the Assistant GM who would pass messages from Ego AJ to Marty.

Vincent Jackson will get what he deserves, not $10 mill per.
AJ Smith should too.  
Look at the list of players who have held out.  I am sure the Chargers lead in that category, I mean seriously, does anyone think they are a Super Bowl Team?  I dont think they are a playoff team!

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2010 5:40 pm

Minnesota deems V. Jackson too expensive

There's only a few QBs in the league on par with Rivers. I'd say Manning, Brees and Rodgers are a step above. Brady, Romo, Schaub... and that's about it. When you say V-Jax could put up those numbers with "many QBs", it's actually a shorter list than that.

I remember in the late 70's/early 80's SD had another WR with a super season who held out... then got shipped to Green Bay... and then was never heard from again. JJ was a stud and then... gone! Shooting star. Meanwhile, the Chargers replaced him with Wes Chandler and Air Coryell continued without a blip. WRs need to remember they're a "part" of the passing game now the end all. Most teams employ 3 WRs. The Chargers spread it around and also to a guy named Gates and to RBs out of the backfield. They don't focus predominantly on one guy. I think V-Jax is overplaying his hand.

My guess is he's a Redskins WR next time he steps on the field.

Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2010 4:28 pm

Minnesota deems V. Jackson too expensive

So are you saying Philip Rivers is by FAR the greatest quarterback in the NFL?  Because I am sure V. Jackson could put up those numbers with many QB's in the league.  I agree with you about the DUI thing.  Its a liability and he needs to prove he can go an extended period of time without getting himself into trouble.  But about your last statement, you know what really pisses me off?  When regular joe shmoes try to use the analogy of their job to an NFL player's.  If you thought that at any time in the blink of an eye, you could be "sidelined" for the rest of your working career, and you put up the top #'s for your organization the previous year, and they don't even acknowledge it or try to help you get more towards the salary you deserved, do you think you would be happy about it?  You should be mad at the system not the "ungrateful bastards" (I left that in there because I would probly bash my own knee in for V.Jackson's contract tender which he turned down).  I mean come on, if you thought you could get a 5 year 50million dollar deal when you are only scheduled to make 3mill in one year, you would do the same damn thing.

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