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Crayton deal proves Bolts have moved on from Jax

Posted on: September 3, 2010 4:39 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 6:20 pm
With the acquisition of wide receiver Patrick Crayton, the San Diego Chargers accomplished two things Friday: 1) They put disgruntled wide receiver Vincent Jackson farther in their rear view mirror, and 2) they made Josh Reed, who plays the same position as Crayton, a possible weekend roster cut.

The Jackson situation you know about. He's the wideout whom the Bolts supposedly can't live without, except they've been doing that all summer -- with the Bolts convinced he won't be part of their lineup this fall. Initially, I thought the acquisition of Crayton squeezed Jackson and made a possible trade of him by this weekend that much more likely -- and maybe it does -- but you have to understand how the Chargers operate under GM A.J. Smith.

They do business with players and agents willing to listen and forget about those who don't. Consider Jackson and his representatives in the second group, with Smith moving on to find an upgrade at wide receiver not because he misses Jackson or is trying to gain leverage with the guy but because he wanted a wide receiver he thinks make his team better.


Crayton once was the Cowboys' No. 2 receiver, producing career best numbers (including seven touchdowns) in 2007 when Terry Glenn was hurt. While Crayton isn't a deep threat he does have soft hands and runs precise routes -- and he will be an asset to a San Diego club that loves to throw the football. Plus, he can be a third option as a punt returner.

In short, his addition makes the Chargers better.

What that means for Jackson only he and his agents know. Seattle has interest in the guy, but the Chargers aren't more willing to deal now than they were a day ago. They made this move because they targeted Crayton as a potential acquisition after Dallas drafted Dez Bryant, believing he might be expendable, and because they believe he's an upgrade over Reed, who joined the team in the offseason.

That doesn't mean Reed is necessarily out. But it means he could be. Stay tuned.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:22 am

Crayton deal proves Bolts have moved on from Jax

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 5:36 pm

Crayton deal proves Bolts have moved on from Jax

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Since: Jun 9, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2010 5:01 am

Crayton deal proves Bolts have moved on from Jax

Totally agree - from his own perspective, VJ blew it, both in not signing the $3.x million tender and in putting too high of  salry demand out there, along with a reportedly inflexible bargaining position. He is a talented guy but he now runs the risk of going on a downhill slide with his career. He just didn't have the leverage he needed to go the route that he did.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2010 9:10 pm

Crayton deal proves Bolts have moved on from Jax

I've said it before. Will say again. Rivers took Jackson from 'good' tall receiver, to Pro Bowler.
(folks tend to forget about Floyd and Naanee, too)
Bravo Bolts and A.J.
Let the guy go. The team is more important than the player, the agent, or agent's spin on value.
It's tough moving on from LaDainian days, and those playoff losses, but as much as A.J. gets bashed?
I'll take A.J anyday. He takes no BS, and contrary to posters from fans from other teams?
He gives the Chargers a better chance to win than some receiver's agent does.
This Crayton deal will prove a very smart one, I think.
Say what you will, the ONLY knock on a 'Built by A.J.' Bolts team is that it has a tendency
of losing in the early playoff rounds against lesser foes. That ain't the GM's fault, and hopefully things will
turn around this year.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2010 8:34 pm

Crayton deal proves Bolts have moved on from Jax

Jackson didn't want to wait until next season because it's an uncapped year, on top of the fact that he has had just one elite season last season when he had 68 rec, 1,167 yards, 9 tds. 2009 wasn't horrible for him either with 59 rec. for 1,098 yards and 7 tds. But before that he had two seasons totalling 68 rec, for 1,073 yards and 9 tds. He had just two solid seasons, and is hoping to cash in before he catches a year suspension, or gets injured in camp much like other guys across the league. It's like customary at this point to ask for a new contract aright after a solid season like Andre Johnson is doing in houston despite 3 seasons left on his deal. The money is never enough unless they're the highest paid player at their position. If I were Jackson I'd be happy that in San Diego I'm the top receiver, I'm they're main offensive threat at this point with only Antoinio Gates as any competition.

Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2010 7:43 pm

Crayton deal proves Bolts have moved on from Jax

Vincent rolled the dice and got craps.  I still don't understand how you don't take 3.8 million for this season and enter into unrestricted free agency next year.  If you have another monster season, you are going to be able to shop your talent to every team, and look for that big payday.  Now, you sit for most of the season, due to suspension, if not all of the season.  You might not even play 2011, due to a labor contract dispute.  By 2012, who is going to pay big bucks for a receiver that has sat out for two straight seasons.  From my perspective, VJ got bad advise from his agent, and might never see that big pay day.

Since: Jul 15, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2010 7:42 pm

Crayton deal proves Bolts have moved on from Jax

Patrick Crayton definitely uprgrades the receiver position for the Chargers (especially for a 7th round pick!), but he does not replace what's been missing with Jackson's absence: a deep threat.  I guess the real boon there could be that Buster Davis plays more on the outside where he looked fantastic against the 49ers.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2010 4:46 pm

Vincent who? Bolts gain on Jackson with trade

Good for the Chargers! Jackson is a joke, only slightly above average reciever, he will show up and play (or be traded) otherwise he risks not playing for 2 years if there is a lock out next year, who will want you then Vincent??? NOBODY, that's who!

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