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V-Jax on sitting out the season: 'Absolutely.'

Posted on: August 27, 2010 7:50 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2010 7:55 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Vincent Jackson's situation with the San Diego Chargers has grown increasingly awkward as the offseason progressed: the latest development had his agent Neil Schwartz insinuating that the Chargers don't seem inclined to trade him to anyone but the Seahawks, who don't seem inclined to pay Jackson what he wants .

In a sit-down interview with Jason LaCanfora for NFL Network (which LaCanfora mentioned on his Twitter account), Jackson said he would "absolutely" sit out the entire season if necessary. LaCanfora, in a teaser for the full interview on Total Access, asked Jackson what his options would be if the Chargers won't trade him or give him "fair market compensation."

"We're prepared [to sit out the season]," Jackson said. "I've been financially smart, taking care of things like that off the field so I'm ready for the long haul. But again, I miss football. I want to play football, I'm passionate about the game and I wouldn't be training and working as hard as I am if I didn't want to be on the field. So I'm hoping everything works out, but again, I don't hold my breath for anything -- I'm ready for whatever."

Remember, Jackson is going to miss at least three games because of his off-field incidents, and up to six if he doesn't

Asked if he could "see himself in a Chargers uniform in 2010" Jackson seemed, ahem, cautiously optimistic.

"Of course, you know, they have my rights," Jackson said. "That's where I'm still, kind of legally bound right now, and I have no problem putting on that jersey again."

Jackson also discussed his teammates, stating that he's been in contact with multiple players such as Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates and "all the guys have been very supportive." Jackson also added that he wasn't offended by Rivers' statement about the team moving on, pointing out that Rivers "has to get guys going in the right direction and make sure the team's not worried about who's not there."

However, he said there has been "no direct contact [with the front office] since the end of last season" and that he's "not even sure" if they want to trade him. Jackson told LaCanfora that there's been no attempt by San Diego to offer him any sort of long-term deal and when said he'd never asked for a trade.

"I have not," Jackson said. "Because that's not really my job -- my job is to play football. I've always been told you just take care of stuff on the football field and the rest will take care of itself. I belong [in San Diego], I think it's a good fit for us, but the league is a fly-by-night kind of thing and I'm ready to go wherever fits best."

Jackson offered "no excuse" for his second DUI and said he "made a poor choice" and that he could guarantee to another general manager that there would be "no off-the-field issues" with him in the future.

Given Jackson's demeanor and statements, it seems pretty safe to say that Jackson, if he's not bluffing about the "absolutely" thing, might not see the football field during 2010.

After all, it certainly appears that GM A.J. Smith doesn't intend to cave and give Jackson a long-term deal any time soon.

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Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2010 3:05 pm

V-Jax on sitting out the season: 'Absolutely.'

I think the NFL should ban this clown.  He is suspended anyway for drunk driving and whatever else....I met the guy in San Diego at a softball tourney.  He was hammered, got in his car and drove away (after his 2nd or 3rd DUI).  Hold out for more money when he isn't going to play a full season anyway???????  DROP HIM!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:35 pm

V-Jax on sitting out the season: 'Absolutely.'


I agree with most everything you said (except I'd like him to play this year, and I don't feel like throwing up yet). One point of order, though: Jackson isn't under contract anymore. He actually did play out his contract (unlike Revis, et al), but refused to sign his tender. Now, it's the same ol' same ol - he wants more money and multiple years, they're offering less money and one year...

I think the Chargers have to move forward without him, and they will...

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:26 pm

V-Jax on sitting out the season: 'Absolutely.'

You're kidding about putting Rivers in the Top 5 right? Top 10 probably.

Since: Aug 28, 2010
Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:23 pm

V-Jax on sitting out the season: 'Absolutely.'

I had him and dropped matter HOW Good he is....he's no good IF he ain't playin!...and YES I agree...Honor your contract!

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:09 pm

V-Jax on sitting out the season: 'Absolutely.'

You have obviously been jaded by all the cries of these cry-baby athletes.  I work a very physically demanding job and am one of the best at what I do.  It will take me nearly 8 years of breaking down my body to make $600,000.  And oh yeah, I work 12 months out of the year.  Also, I work for a multi-billion dollar world-wide company so obviously my "owners" are "incredibly rich".  So to say this guy deserves to not do what he signed on the dotted line to do is rediculous.  If he's been so financially smart then he can buy a team, become an owner and make everything right in football.  And is it just me or did Phillip Rivers have a lot to do with him "overachieving"?  Like T.O. found out, go play with a JP Losman and then overachieve and then you might deserve something.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2010 1:31 pm

V-Jax on sitting out the season: 'Absolutely.'

Hey VJ - Sit for the rest of your life you greedy, self-absorbed, lengend in your own mind, Derelle Revis wannabe.  Too bad you don't want to go to Seattle, you could join other loser wideouts like Deion Branch and TJ Houshyourdaddy - the Hawks would have 3 WRS who think they are the best thing to step foot onto lined and numbered turf.  Your story is old and broken, by sitting and being a whining bitch, you render yourself even further as unimportant.  You have no integrity and the Chargers will easily replace you.  Enjoy your vacation and hopefully you've invested your money well, your earning power slips away everyday.

The NFL needs to institute escalation clauses in their contracts that elevate a players compensation as they evolve.  A 3 year rookie salaray structure, followed by multi-year deals with escalation clauses will solve these self-absorbed holdouts and get rooks in camp when it starts.  It's a priviledge to play in the NFL, not a right. 

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