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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 28, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2010 11:54 am

Jackson's problem: His agents

I agree, AJ Smith is a moron.  I don't disagree with the Jackson thing, but anyone who has kept Norv Turner as their coach for this long despite the fact that the guy has been outcoached year after year in the playoffs is clearly not a top 3 GM.  I mean, Norv Turner is a bad football coach, always has been, always will be.  If the Chargers had a real coach, they would have already won 2 or 3 Super Bowls, but they will never get their with Norv because he simply isn't good enough . He sucked in Washington, sucked in Oakland, and now with a superiorly talented team, he still sucks in San Diego.

If AJ Smith was a top 3 GM, he would offer Vincent a 1 year 6 million dollar deal in an uncapped year that doesn't hurt his salary cap at all, and have his team's best offensive weapon on the field. Then he would work out a trade or a long term deal based on how V. Jack does. That's a top 3 GM.

Want to see a top 3 GM?  Look at the Jets, they got Revis in camp because they knew he meant a lot to their football team.

A.J. Smith is a top 3 moron maybe, but not a top 3 GM.  All he does is show he would rather be stubborn than give his team and their fans the best chance they have to win.

Q: Are the Chargers a better team with V. Jackson?  A: Absolutely
Q: Will V. Jack play for a 1 year, 6 million dollar deal?  A: Absolutely
Q: Should the Chargers offer that to him in a year where cap room means nothing and where he would still be off the books after this year?  A: Absolutely

A top 3 GM would realize these things, AJ Smith doesn't, and as a result, it's the Chargers fans who will suffer when their team misses the postseason or is one and done in the playoffs.

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2010 11:25 am

Jackson's problem: His agents

That's funny because I would think championships would define the top GM's in the NFL. We're talking Conference Championships not Super Bowls. Natrone Means is not walking through the locker room. So if we were doing a top GM list the organizations would include in no particular order: Colts, Saints, Steelers, Giants, Patriots, Bears, Packers, Eagles, Jets, Cowboys...the Chargers? I wonder how they would have done if the genius had not fired Marty Shottenheimer...Would his son be the offensive coordinator? Where is Cam Cameron now? Oh yeah Baltimore...Jackson will sign a backloaded contract and the Bolts will receive no compensation after Vincent sits out the entire season...Sports agents can afford to be arrogant...GMs ruin franchises when they put themselves above the needs of the team...But hey there's always next year...oh wait Norv is still around...The Lord of No Rings has a sequel in him I'm sure

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2010 11:01 am

Jackson's problem: His agents

Jackson is certainly stupid enough to sit out the season. He can't even figure out that $3,000,000 is more that $0.00, so let's not sell him short. He's plenty stupid. And he's actually said he'll sit out the season, so there you go.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2010 9:40 am

Jackson's problem: His agents

He's brilliant for firing a 14-2 coach and hiring Norv Turner. He's also brilliant for winning a Super Bowl ring for New Orleans.

Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2010 9:36 am

Jackson's problem: His agents

The Chargers have two players sitting out for a reason and it is not the agents. 

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2010 9:09 am

Jackson's problem: His agents

The haters will hate, but AJ Smith is a top 3 GM in the NFL, and won't be bullied by arrogant sports agents.

based on what exactly???  Winning a stinky division and flopping in the playoffs year after year?

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2010 4:04 am

Jackson's problem: His agents

Top 3 GM?  Are you serious?  This guy has no rings, and his head coach is Norv Turner.  He sounds like an idiot to me.

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:00 pm

Jackson's problem: His agents

I bet he is dumb enough to sit out all season.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2010 9:52 pm

Jackson's problem: His agents

Jackson will not sit out the season.  He'll be back by week 11 for the final 6 games of the season. He has to  come back by then for this season to count... he's not that dumb....

Since: Sep 22, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2010 9:41 pm

Jackson's problem: His agents

Win-Win assuming Jackson plays even though he has said he would sit the whole season, assuming when he does play he isn't rusty from missing training camp, practices, and 10 games, assuming when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached they still have compensatory picks, and assuming another team signs Jackson for a high enough salary to get a pick at the end of the 3rd round.  So yeah, why take a guaranteed 2nd round draft pick when you can maybe get one at least 32 picks later?  Brilliant.

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