The chatter about Vincent Jackson‘s future has picked up of late, and there’s no shortage of intrigue as to which teams could be interested in the Pro Bowl wide receiver and at what point the Chargers would consider trading him.
There isn’t a lot of hard news on either of those fronts. But let’s start out by stating that Jackson, who still hasn’t signed his restricted free agent tender, could help nearly every NFL team.
Beyond that, the rumors about Jackson are both widespread and compelling. The Seahawks were one of the first teams linked to Jackson and are in “the best” position to land him, according to NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora. The Redskins have been rumored to be interested, and Mike Shanahan is known to have coveted Jackson during the 2005 NFL Draft when the coach was with the Broncos.
One thing we did find out Wednesday is that Jackson has been working out with Redskins QB Donovan McNabb, per NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche. However, Wyche suggests not to read too much into that connection.
One team unlikely to join the pursuit is the Bears, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. The reason, Jensen suggests, is what it will take to land Jackson — at least a first-round draft pick, plus the long-term deal he will command.
As analyst Brian Baldinger asked on “NFL Total Access”: Who will blink first?
Of course, how the Jackson story plays out will have fantasy football implications, which we look at here.