One hot topic on the rumor mill Thursday is whether the Chargers could be interested in Terrell Owens as a contingency plan for Vincent Jackson‘s potential holdout. For now, it doesn’t sound like this rumor has legs.
NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported there hasn’t been any contact between the Chargers and T.O.’s camp, per a league source.
Chargers general manager A.J. Smith has taken a hardline stance with Jackson and fellow restricted free agent Marcus McNeill, sending letters to both players that their 2010 salaries will be cut deeply if they don’t sign their tenders by Tuesday. Both players reportedly are set for extended holdouts, and the Chargers responded by signing veteran LT Tra Thomas as insurance for McNeill.
Kevin Acee wrote in the San Diego Union-Tribune that there is little doubt the move is more than simply adding a veteran for depth. But when prompted on whether that move could signal another move for a veteran receiver, Smith didn’t exactly close that door.
Still, there are quite a few reasons why Owens isn’t a fit with the Chargers, and La Canfora used the word “stunned” about the prospects of that deal taking place. NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi also chimed in, saying he strongly doubts that coach Norv Turner would be interested in T.O.
As the sides dig in for what has every appearance as a contentious standoff, we’ll see if the Chargers decide to send another message and become serious about moving on without Jackson.