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Jackson's problem: His agents

Posted on: September 22, 2010 7:40 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 9:55 pm

Does A.J. Smith have a right not to trade Vincent Jackson?

You bet he does.

But when the Chargers didn't work out a deal to trade Jackson, even though there were interested parties, that didn't sit well with Jackson's agents, who fired off some harsh words for Smith after the deadline passed for Jackson to be dealt.

"Archie Manning had it right," agent Jonathan Feinsod told ESPN. "They call (GM A.J. Smith) The Lord of No Rings for a reason."

They might start calling Neil Schwartz and Feinsod, Jackson's agents, the Lords of Stubborness.

I did talk with Schwartz Wedneday nght and he said that neither he nor Feinsod has ever referred to Smith as The Lord of No Rings. He also gave his reasons as to why his client isn't playing for the Chargers.

I get his side, even if I don't agree with it. All Jackson needed to do was play the season, show he was the same player he was when he went to the Pro Bowl, and the Chargers probably would have given him a long-term deal or he would have been a free agent or played for the franchise tag next season.

The agents are worried about injury. I get it. But Jackson could trip down the steps at home, tear up a knee, and get nothing.

If he had signed his tender, he would have been paid $3 million. But the Chargers lowered the number to $525,000 when Jackson refused to sign. That was an out-of-spite move by Smith. The franchise number for a receiver was just over $9.5 million during free agency. So why not meet in the middle?

I get the idea that Jackson would play for $6 million. If that's the case, then Smith needs to get off his butt and make the deal happen.

As it is now, Jackson will earn nothing if he sits out the season, which Schwartz said he is prepared to do.

Is that a good thing for a client? I think Schwartz is doing his client a disservice, which I told him. All too often agents negotiate for themselves. They want to be able to brag when they go out and recruit, rather than do the best thing for their players.

This isn't helping your recruiting, guys.

It's never a win for a player to miss time or game checks. You can look up the history of those players who have sat out seasons.

Is Smith hardheaded? Indeed. But he's playing within the rules, even if he's being a little pompous in the way he goes about it. If Feinsod and Schwartz need to rip somebody, they might want to look in the mirror.

They did work out contract terms with for Jackson with two trade partners -- one being the Minnesota Vikings, although Schwartz wouldn't confirm that -- but those teams couldn't work out a trade for Jackson with the Chargers.

Jackson is the property of the San Diego Chargers, like it or not.  His best option is to play for the Chargers. Then again, it's his only option.That or sit out and make nothing.

It's the Lords of Stubborness vs. the General Manager Who Thinks He's King.

The big loser is Jackson.

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2010 4:14 pm

Jackson's problem: His agents

AJ is a hard-ass, and rubs some people the wrong way, but he has been a great GM for the Chargers, starting with the stare-down on Eli Manning - amazing deal.  He has done a very good job at keeping his nucleus together and signing his talent - both vets and draft choices.  The Drew Brees thing was very tough but, don't forget, it was Marty who played Brees in that meaningless game over AJ's objection.  There was no reason for Brees to get hurt.  And AJ did offer Brees a contract the next year, just not a great one, and not as high as New Orleans.  The Saints rolled the dice and hit it big when Brees fully recovered.  Good for Brees and the Saints, but certainly not stupid by AJ.

The Marty thing, despite 14-2, was inevitable, and Marty failed in the playoffs again that year.  I'm not a huge Norv fan, but he has certainly done a great job except for the Super Bowl thing, and a lot of that has to go on the players.  SD went to the conference championship in '07, and both LT and Rivers were hurt - no shame losing to NE there.  In '08, SD upset Indy, and then lost to the eventual SB champ Steelers - disappointing, but not embarassing.  '09 sucked, but that's on the players.

AJ plays hardball, especially with agents, but he does exactly what he says, and has locked up Rivers, Gates, Floyd, Castillo, Jamal Williams, Jammer, etc. during his time, and let very little needed talent get away.  Losing LT was sad, but certainly not stupid.

I'd love the rings, but blaming AJ or Norv after all of this is weak, and blaming AJ for drafting Leaf, letting Brees go, letting LT go is just plain ignorant.

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2010 12:52 pm

Jackson's problem: His agents

The whole "Norv Turner is a horrible coach and he should have been to the Superbowl" schtick has gotten old. His record is 11-5, 8-8, 13-3 with three division titles. If you watched the playoff games they lost, at some point you have to blame the players. Turner did not miss three field goals, nor did he allow Pittsburg to run all over the place, or tear Tomlinson's knee up. Even if he won the Superbowl, people would say things like "he only won because of (insert ridiculuos rationalization here)."
As for Smith, I don't put him among the league's best GMs. His draft record is only pretty good at best. He is a hard ass and is a reflection of the cheap bush league ownership that the Chargers have been saddled with since Gene Klein sold the team in the 80s (not that he was any better....).
And your assertion that he had a SB QB in Brees is brilliant hindsight.

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: September 24, 2010 12:41 pm

Jackson's problem: His agents

Smith did not draft Leaf. I stopped reading after that remark.

Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2010 6:25 pm

Jackson's problem: His agents

Bobby Beathard drafted Ryan Leaf. And there there was John Butler who died....then AJ Smith.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2010 5:02 pm

Jackson's problem: His agents

Let him sit and rot.  We are tired as fans of paying enormous ticket prices for the greed of some of these players.  You signed a contract, and you have a bargaining agreement.  Why now, does VJ think he is an exception to the rules that everyone else plays by...sit and rot, and then leave next year...unless there is a work stoppage, then you can sit and make nothing for...two years.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2010 4:08 pm

Jackson's problem: His agents

Smith is a bum. This team should have played in a few SB's by now.

1. Draft a qb when you had a super bowl caliber qb.

2. Fire a good coach to hire a great offensive coordinator but bum head coach.

Smith should have been fired a few years back let alone feel like a king.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2010 1:41 pm

Jackson's problem: His agents

There is no guarantee that Brees would have won a ring if he stayed in San Diego. And remember that he was coming off a serious injury to his throwing shoulder at the time. Brees had two offers: the Dolphins and the Saints. If you want to fault Smith for launching him (for another Pro Bowler in Rivers), then fault the 28 or so general managers that don't have a quarterback better than Brees and did not offer him a contract. And when teams continually have some of the best talent in the league and fail to produce with it, that goes to the coaches and players.

Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2010 1:19 pm

Jackson's problem: His agents

You must be drunk..... let's look at the list of bonehead moves this GM has made over the last 10 years.

Drafted Ryan Leaf. enough said
Let go the best blocking FB in the last decade because he wouldn't shell out a little more money.
Lost in every playoff's they made looking like fools.
Got rid of Drew Brees whom now shoves his ring in the stupid ass Chargers face every day.

Fired Schat after taking them the farthest into the playoffs in years.  Hire an idiot coach whom has no idea how to use a #1 running back to his full potential (look at how he wasted LT's abilities the last two years before letting him go completely).  LT down the field 70 yards and then take him at the goal-line and watch Sproles get stopped two times in a row and then try to throw..... how about let LT take it to the hole like he did the last 8 runs prior.  Time after time wasted points in the red zone.

Top 3 GM of what league dude.  Idiot.

Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2010 12:29 pm

Jackson's problem: His agents

People are forgetting that VJack has to come back and play. If he doesn't, he won't get a year accrued toward Free agency, and next year will once again be in the exact same position as he was this year. maybe the agents do things differently next year, but he's going to come back, he's going to play, and he's going to make the chargers very dangerous come playoff time.

Since: Feb 28, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2010 12:17 pm

Jackson's problem: His agents

Surprised to see so many behind this.  A 2nd-round pick is clearly more valuable than a 3rd-round pick.  If this guy doesn't play this year and help them win (I understand that's TBD, but that is where the signs are currently pointing), how is it NOT a bad move?  For myself I'm sure glad the Vikes didn't blink.  A 2nd AND a 3rd for not even a full season of this guy?  That would have been a horrible mistake.

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